US economy in much better shape from 4 years ago: White House
"The (US) economy is not in a worse place than it was before. If you talk about the comparison between now and when he (US President Barack Obama) gave his first State of the Union address, there is no comparison," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters at his daily news conference last night.
"We were in economic free fall. We are at a moment when the economy is poised to continue to grow, to continue to build on the progress we've made, to continue to build on the job creation over 6.1 million jobs created by our businesses over the past 35 or 36 months," he said.
Obama in his State of the Union Address last night said he will continue to focus on economy and job creation.
"I've said many times that his principal preoccupation as President has been the need to first reverse the devastating decline in our economy.
"Then to set it on a trajectory where it's growing in a way that helps the middle class, makes it more secure, and makes it expand so that those who are trying to reach into the middle -- to climb the ladder, if you will, into the middle class -- have that opportunity.
"That is absolutely going to be his focus in the second term as
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