Jay Carney tells reporters aboard Air Force One, "It's a great day for America."
Hmm. Is Carney talking about the GDP numbers? Business Insider reports on the numbers that just came out today:
The third reading on Q2 GDP just came out and the report was ugly.
The headline growth number was revised down to 1.3 percent on an annualized basis.
Economists expected the number to be unchanged at 1.7 percent.
Or is Carney speaking about the manufacturing numbers? Reuters reports:
New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods in August fell by the most in 3-1/2 years, pointing to a sharp slowdown in factory activity even as a gauge of planned business spending rebounded.
The Commerce Department said on Thursday durable goods orders dived 13.2 percent, the largest drop since January 2009, when the economy was in the throes of a recession. Orders for July were revised down to show a 3.3 percent increase instead of the previously reported 4.1 percent gain.
Nope. Carney's not talking about that, either.
Instead, the White House calls today "a great day for America" because the NFL refs are coming back officiate games, starting tonight.
UPDATE: And now ESPN is giving Obama credit for helping broker the deal ebtween the NFL and the refs:
The negative backlash from the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks on "Monday Night Football" pressured the NFL into getting this deal done. With President Obama expressing his disappointment with the replacement officiating and poor officiating being the lead story of network news coverage, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to act -- and he did. The league made a major concession to keep funding a pension plan for the next five years before transitioning that benefit to become a 401K plan. There is even a slight increase in the pension benefits plan from 2012-16. The NFL backed down on a plan to have three additional crews of seven officials hired and paid out of the total compensation package. The new hires are paid out of the NFL coffers and not out of the current officials' take. As for the compensation package, officials will average $149,000 a year in 2012, $173,000 in 2013 and $205,000 in 2019.