Don’t underestimate the PoliPsych impact of the unemployment rate falling below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years.
That number is the one which resonates with the public when candidates talk about jobs on the campaign trail.
The economy is still shaking off the doldrums so the White House did not want to be seen as publicly reveling in what must have been a privately gleeful moment after the 8.9 percent February unemployment rate was revealed.
President Barack Obama said the employment report showed progress in the economy, “but we need to keep building on that momentum.”
Republicans were certainly not going to praise economic data with a Democrat in the White House and a presidential election next year.