Had my first trip to the White House today to talk about how awesome the stimulus bill has been with Jared Bernstein and a group of mostly bloggy types. It was all on the record blah blah blah.
Anyway, they're trying to turn around public opinion on the stimulus bill. They see it as a good thing, which obviously it was, and think the public should see it that way too. The thing is, while the stimulus was a very good thing relative to a world without a stimulus, it's hard to do much happy talk about it when their own estimates have unemployment remaining very high for quite some time. And they're not willing to make the case that they'd like to do, or would've liked to do, more but political reality wouldn't let them.