WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he deserved to be re-elected because the US economy is adding jobs and recovering, in stark contrast to the bleak monthly unemployment hikes he inherited in 2009.
In a pre-Super Bowl interview with NBC, Obama was reminded that three years ago, just days after he took office, he told the same network: “If I don’t have it done in three years, it’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
Obama pointed to US job numbers issued on Friday showing that 243 000 net new jobs were added in January, the fastest spurt in nine months and which brought the unemployment rate down to 8.3%.
“I deserve a second term. But we are not done,” Obama said in the interview, stating that three years ago, “we were losing 750 000 jobs a month”.
“Now, we’re creating 250 000. We created the most manufacturing…
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