9:30 a.m. E.T.
My sense of the politico-media snapshot reaction to the employment numbers at 8:40 a.m. E.T. from “Morning Joe”:
To look at the politics of this, based on the prism of my Twitter-feed, journalists are basically saying two things. One is, mostly good news. If you’re looking at it on the merits, mostly good news, plenty of talking points for the President. But also some are saying no real change. David Gregory and others are saying both sides have their talking points that are the same as before. The Republicans, so far, have one talking point off this, which is the unemployment rate now, in this report, is higher than when the President took office. That’s their main talking point and that’s not politically nothing. But they’re not seizing on this the way they would have if we’d seen a less good report and I think that means to me, on balance, a better day for the President than he could have possibly expected or hoped for just a few months ago when things looked a lot worse.