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9.1% Unemployment? Hilarious

President Obama yucked it up Monday at a meeting of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Durham, North Carolina. Someone mentioned the Council’s recommendation that the White House streamline the burdensome federal permit process for construction and infrastructure projects, which can often delay work for months or even years, telling Obama (with a surprising degree of confidence): “I’m sure that when you implemented the Recovery Act your staff briefed you on many of [these] challenges.”

Apparently not, as the unflagging Creator and Savior of jobs remarked: “Shovel-ready was not as… uh… shovel-ready as we expected.” The panel of millionaires could hardly contain their laughter.

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Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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