Vice President Joe Biden is still laying blame for the Great Recession on the administration of former President George W. Bush.
Pressed on NBC's "Today
" show about whether President Obama is doing enough to bring down the nation's stubborn 9.5 percent jobless rate, Biden said, "There's never enough when you're trying to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Bush recession."
"My message is, keep the faith," he continued. "We are moving in the right direction and we are creating new jobs that are going to be the kind you raise your family on."
Biden's comments came as the Labor Department
reported that initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 11,000 last week -- the third decline in the last four weeks. Seasonally adjusted, that meant 457,000 Americans filed first-time applications for benefits in the week ending July 25.