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Chris Matthews: Unemployment ‘well past 10 percent’ when Bush left office

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By Doug Powers  •  September 23, 2012 10:02 PM

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I intended to get to this yesterday morning but I didn’t, and today we went to the first game of the Tigers/Twins doubleheader (subsequent bad mood didn’t improve while listening to the finish of the Lions game on the way home).

But enough whining. On Friday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was on HBO’s Real Time and continued his crusade to depress the unemployed by flaunting how publicly delusional one person can be while still managing to hold down a job in this economy. Via Newsbusters, Tingles directed this one toward former San Diego mayor and current conservative talk radio host Roger Hedgecock:

“When your guy left town, Dubya – who nobody asked him to come back by the way at the Republican convention – unemployment was well past ten percent and skyrocketing.”

Not unless it took Dubya a hell of a long time to leave town. The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent when Obama took office in January of 2009 and didn’t hit 10 percent until about nine months after that.

Again, if the situation Obama inherited was so bad, and the economic recovery since “Hope & Changeā„¢” was ushered in has been so positive, why the need to lie about the starting point with such frequency and intensity?

As for the convention comment, it’s my understanding that George W. Bush was invited but declined — however he did appear in a brief recorded video.

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