I’ll go ahead and say it – I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack Ryan was going to be sitting right there.President Obama • Admitting to Bob Woodward that he regrets the incident in which he tore apart Paul Ryan’s budget plans right in front of him. He regrets it so much that he got Paul Ryan’s name right in his interview with Woodward. Maybe Obama just read “Patriot Games" again or something?
» Was Obama’s point valid? It sounded like a pretty good gaffe to some, but Slate’s Dave Weigel thinks that the nuances of the point might’ve been lost on folks looking for a soundbite. As Weigel notes, the public sector at the state level has lost 600,000 jobs under Obama — which, by the way, the GOP is OK with, because they want to see the government shrink anyway. And as public sector and private sector unemployment are counted in the unemployment rate, it’s ultimately part of the reason the unemployment rate has stayed high. “It’s easier to pretend that the president doesn’t care about the private sector, and unemployment,” Weigel notes, “and hope that the media runs with the zinger instead of explaining some pretty rudimentary macroeconomics.”