The growth figures are giving the right a chance to try to get the US media to forget London:
Boehner: “Today’s GDP report is a troubling sign for the future of our economy, and it underscores the need to stop all of the looming tax hikes that will weaken it further.”
Cantor: “The President’s policies have failed to generate the growth needed to get millions of Americans back to work.”
Pawlenty: “President Obama has been claiming that his economic policies have ‘worked.’ This morning’s GDP numbers suggest otherwise.”
Ryan: “When talking about his economic plan, President Obama may claim ‘it worked,’ but today’s GDP report confirms that his presidency has been long on rhetoric and short on results.”
Priebus: “Our economy is growing far too slowly, proving President Obama’s lack of focus on jobs is taking its toll.”
Glenn Hubbard, Romney economic adviser: “If we keep up at this rate, over the next year or two, we will simply never get back to full employment. It’s not good news.”
Romney will be under some pressure for at least the next two days of the trip to try to turn that piece around.
But/and it is still obvious to all: the GDP will matter a lot more in the end than the Thursday of errors.