Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry surprised many this Saturday by rushing to the defense of former President Barack Hussein Obama during a discussion on “Fox & Friends” about President Donald Trump’s booming economy.
According to co-host Pete Hegseth, the former president’s repeated attempts to take credit for the booming economy were ridiculous. Henry disagreed.
“Barack Obama created more jobs in his final 21 months than President Trump has created in his first 21,” he said, inspiring Hegseth to quickly reply, “All on this slow little trickle …”
The following chart further illustrates this:
This economic recovery is setting all the wrong records. Obama is the King of slow growth. Clinton will be the Queen pic.twitter.com/BNQ0RWuI70
— Scott Ruesterholz (@Read_N_Learn) August 1, 2016
“I’m not saying this President inherited it, but would you acknowledge that he was handed a better economy than Barack Obama got?” Henry continued during his debate with Hegseth.
He was quite wrong if he thought that his co-host would indeed acknowledge that point.
“Here’s what I’ll acknowledge: Four million new jobs, over four million less people on food stamps,” Hegseth replied. “To me, that is a reflection of a President that puts business and the private sector ahead of government assistance and bailouts.”
Correct again. Whereas food stamp consumption skyrocketed under Obama, quickly rising to over 20 million households, this year it finally dropped to below 20 million for the first time in a decade.
— Glob News3 (@GlobNews3) June 13, 2018
“He was handed a good economy and has made it better,” Henry promptly replied, ignoring Hegseth’s point and — hilariously enough – triggering a reaction from both of his co-hosts.
“I think stagnant GDP growth is not a good economy,” co-host Katie Pavlich replied, before later adding, “I wouldn’t say that the Obama was good under Barack Obama, especially when the administration was telling people that less than GDP growth was the new status quo.”
But Henry still wasn’t convinced.
Watch below as he tried later in the program to convince fellow Fox host Stuart Varney of the same argument that Obama deserves credit.
Varney wasn’t having any of it.
“It was NOT set by President Obama,” he said. “The policies pursued by President Obama were tax, spend, going into debt and regulating the economy. That created in the last six months of the Obama term — we had a growth rate of just 1.5 percent. Within two years we’ve more than doubled that.”
Social media users agreed:
#GAWThoughts Ed Henry on Fox and Friends:didn’t know he liked Obama so much. Ed “it’s because of Obama our country is doing so well” Ed likes to drink the cool-aid from #demsLibsLeft and Obama. Fact: last quarter of Obama-1.3% economy but Obama is responsible for current 4%?
— G A W (@gwerner99) November 3, 2018
I think you’ve been sucking from the Dem Kool-Aid fire hose! The 4.1% GDP came Q2 and just hit 3.5% for Q3 and a direct result from @realDonaldTrump policies tax cuts, tax reform, roll back of regulations, small business support, jobs, repatriation of overseas money! Not Obama
— Joe (@JMG968) November 3, 2018
In 8 years, Obama had a net loss of 192,000 manufacturing and 111,500 mining jobs.
In less than 2 years, @realDonaldTrump has created 416,000 manufacturing and 112,700 mining jobs.
— Lala FACTS not feelings (@LalaDenihan) November 3, 2018
— mary christie (@peaceischrist) November 3, 2018
Trump has the magic wand that Obama could only dream about.
— Ian alland (@Realian_alland) November 4, 2018
@foxandfriends what the hell is ed
Henry doing? Trying to give credit to Obama for this economy? His jobs were part time, and he didnt have a clue on how to improve an economy.
Look at what he said and did with
Regulations that strangled the econ.
— Mike McClellan (@brownie1144) November 3, 2018
Why is Ed Henry hosting Fox and Friends when all he wants to do is denigrate Trump’s successes and tout Obama? Just be fair Ed. You are a hater in conservative clothing.
— Nick the Nationalist ??????⭐⭐⭐ (@nickgiordano3) November 3, 2018
Get Ed Henry off the couch on @foxandfriends. He has no clue about the economy. Obama had NOTHING to do with what we are experiencing now, except drive it down far enough to let the @realDonaldTrump boom take place.
— Kirilov (@kirilov) November 3, 2018
It’s unclear why Henry feel the need to so vehemently defend Obama, though some suspect he’d just been trying to play devil’s advocate.
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