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Today President Obama spoke on the economy and education on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. The University of Central Missouri is in Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) district. She chose to comment on Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler 4h

President’s ‘economic recovery’ has produced 3.95 million fewer jobs than the average recover. #SpeechesDontHire 3:21 PM – 24 Jul 13

Interesting. Representative Hartzler left out the stuff about job creation during the previous administration of George W. Bush. From little over a year ago:

CHART: Bush Vs. Obama On Private And Public Sector Job Creation

….40 months into his presidential term, there are currently more private sector jobs in the economy than when Obama came into office. At the same point in President Bush’s term, the total number of private sector jobs was still down 1.7 percent from where it began.

The numbers are even starker when measuring each president’s record from the moment job creation returned. Private sector job creation returned in February of 2010, the 13th month of President Obama’s term. Since then, the economy has added 4.3 million private sector jobs, a 4 percent increase.

Under President Bush, the economy stopped shedding private sector jobs in July of 2003, fully 30 months into his administration. From that point until May of 2004, the economy added just 1.5 million private sector jobs, an increase of only 1.4 percent.

But there is one area of job creation where President Bush clearly outshines President Obama: the public sector. Public sector employment is now down 608,000 workers since January 2009, a 2.7 percent decline. At the same point in President Bush’s term, public sector employment was up 3.7 percent. If, over the past 40 months, public sector employment had grown at the same pace as it did in President Bush’s first term, there would be 1.4 million additional people at work right now. That’d be enough to bring the unemployment rate down by nearly a full percentage point….

From this past April:

Obama’s Numbers (Quarterly Update)


April 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm


The economy has added more jobs since Obama took office than it did in his predecessor’s entire eight years in office.



And, of course, the Speaker of the Missouri House had to parrot the same party line, also forgetting about George W. Bush:

Tim W. Jones ‏@SpeakerTimJones

Facts are tough: @RepHartzler: President’s ‘economic recovery’ has produced 3.95 million fewer jobs than average recovery. #SpeechesDontHire 3:50 PM – 24 Jul 13

Yes, indeed, facts are tough.