US president battles criticism and recession
Congressional Republicans on Sunday predicted a doomsday scenario of crushing debt and eventual federal bankruptcy if President Barack Obama’s massive spending blueprint wins passage.
But a White House adviser dismissed the negative assessments, saying she is “incredibly confident” that the president’s policies will “do the job” for the economy.
In a TV interview, Obama himself laughed when discussing the dire state of parts of the economy — and ascribed his laughter to “gallows humor.”
White House Council of Economic Advisers chairwoman Christina Romer insisted that the nation’s flailing economy will be rebounding by 2010.
Administration officials — and the president himself — have taken a cheerier tone despite economic indicators that are anything but positive.
“I have every expectation, as do private forecasters, that we will bottom out this year and actually be growing again by the end of the year,” Romer said.
The president, in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” talked about the need to spend taxpayer money to save financial firms and the auto industry.
“I just want to say that the only thing less popular than putting money into banks is putting money into the auto industry,” Obama said with a laugh. Full Story