GWEN IFILL: Tough numbers on the economy and equally tough poll numbers for the president, they formed the backdrop as he hosted the leader of Europe's major economic power.
When President Obama appeared at the White House today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the subject quickly turned to the stumbling domestic economy.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I'm not concerned about a double-dip recession. I am concerned about the fact that the recovery that we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as I want it to -- to happen.
GWEN IFILL: That sluggish pace was documented last week in a gloomy jobs report, showing employers added a lower-than-expected 54,000 positions last month. And, today, there was fresh evidence of the slowdown.
According to the Department of Labor, businesses advertised 100,000 fewer jobs in April than they did in March. Emphasizing recovery over recession, the president chose to focus on other more favorable numbers.
Barack at the wheel of the economy has become a horror movie -- with non-stop sequels.
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