David Axelrod Says We’re Better Off Today Than Four Years Ago, David Plouffe Not So Sure


David Axelrod was on Fox News Sunday this morning and told host Chris Wallace that Americans are better off today than we were four years ago.

“We’re in a better position than we were four years ago.” Axelrod said, citing, for example, how the nation has experienced 29 straight months of jobs growth.

He acknowledged that the nation’s economy isn’t where Obama would like it to be, but that he inherited an extremely dire situation.

“It’s going to take some time to work through it,” Axelrod said, taking the opportunity to pan Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “never offered anyone a plausible alternative” during last week’s Republican Nnational Convention in Tampa, Fla.

He went on to call the Republican National Convention a terrible failure. But the terrible failure is Obama’s presidency. As I noted on Sulia:

Record gas prices, unemployment over 8%, family net worth shrinking – how is that better off? Talk about out of touch.

David Plouffe had a little more trouble with the question, so he avoided it.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) came right out and said that the US is not better off. Then he bashed Bush, who isn’t on the ballot.

O’Malley doesn’t have to worry about losing his job this fall, Axelrod and Plouffe do, which is why they will never admit that things are worse today than they were four years ago.