GOP Revels in US Setbacks

1-2 punch of job stats, Olympic decision gets a third stage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 2:15 PM CDT
Chicago 2016 supporter Patrick Sterk following the announcement from the 121st International Olympic Committee on the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – From worse-than-expected unemployment numbers to Chicago’s foiled Olympic bid, today was a lousy day for America, but Republicans reacted as if Christmas had come early. Soon after the jobs numbers hit, Glenn Thrush of Politico got a slew of GOP press releases. “Rep. Mike Pence literally hit the send button at 8:30 am, the moment the announcement” hit, says Thrush.

“We are reminded yet again that wasteful government spending is not the solution,” he wrote. Within seconds of Chicago’s loss, Republicans lit up Twitter. “Actually, Obama got the flowers, not even the bronze,” crowed one GOP operative. Newt Gingrich summed it all up, tweeting, “President Obama fails to get the Olympics while unemployment goes to 9.8% Iran continues nuclear program. America needs focused leadership.”