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Beryl Lieff Benderly

More on the President and Mrs. Wedel

Ever since President Obama’s spoke with Jennifer Wedel, the Texas woman whose engineer husband has been unemployed for 3 years, during an online “town hall” last week, the internet has been alive with comments about the president’s apparently puzzled reaction to her husband’s plight.  Over at Salon today, in an article titled “Obama’s high-tech labor lies,” David Sirota offers an explanation of  the politics the situation.  To wit: Why would a president who proclaims himself devoted to American technological and scientific progress and prides himself on his policy prowess appear ignorant of some pretty basic economic realities?  And why would his press secretary, who had time to check the fact, repeat the same line?

(PS.  I, like a number of other writers, have misspelled the Wedel’s name.  My apologies.)