President Barack Obama’s campaign to downplay the bad news in the June jobs-report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at 8.30 a.m.

Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, tweeted out a diversion at 9:01 a.m. that showcased a June 2006 video of Massachusetts Governor Romney saying that a new executive’s policies can’t lower the unemployment rate immediately.

But Romney used his 10:00 a.m. press event to refute the video, telling reporters that Obama’s “policies have not worked… over four years.”

An unemployment rate that has remained for “forty-one months above 8 percent pretty much defines lack of success,” Romney said in response to a reporter’s shouted question about the video after the press secretary had announced the event was over.

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