WATCH: On '60 Minutes,' Obama focuses on economy
As The Post's Lori Montgomery reported Sunday, President Obama's first sit-down interview since last week's midterm elections focused primarily on one thing: the fragile U.S. economy. More about his "60 Minutes" interview from Montgomery's report:
Without additional government action to spur hiring, President Obama said Sunday that he fears the U.S. economy could enter a "new normal" in which corporate profits are high but the number of new jobs is too low to reduce the nation's 9.6 percent unemployment rate to pre-recession levels.
"What is a danger is that we stay stuck in a new normal where unemployment rates stay high," he said in an interview aired Sunday night on CBS's "60 Minutes." "People who have jobs see their incomes go up. Businesses make big profits. But they've learned to do more with less. And so they don't hire. And as a consequence, we keep on seeing growth that is just too slow to bring back the 8 million jobs that were lost."
Watch the two parts of his interview, as they aired, or his full interview.
Obama's full interview:
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| November 8, 2010; 3:58 AM ET
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