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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:35

Obama’s record needs closer look

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To the Editor:

Carol Adams in her Letter to the Editor (SMN, Sept. 12) asserts that Obama’s record is “not a record he can be proud of.” What she sees as a record, others would see as a legacy of the Bush administration.

In January 2009, the job loss was the worst in 34 years, and by the next month, scarcely a month after Obama took office, unemployment was at 8.1 percent.

According to her, it was “7.8 percent then,” but she does not say when “then” was. When Romney was governor of Massachu-setts, job growth in that state rose 1.5 percent compared to a national average of 5.3 percent, placing Massachusetts 47th of 50 states in new job creation during Romney’s term. Not exactly a “record he can be proud of.”

As to Obama’s private sector work experience, he was an associate at two different law firms, and he was employed by the university of Chicago (a private university) as a lecturer from 1992-96 and a senior lecturer from 1996-2004. This seems a rather trivial argument, though.

Lynda Self

retired public sector teacher

Waynesville

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