Former President Barack Obama noted that the jobs creation in the United States was consistently strong this year. Instead of congratulating President Donald Trump, the former President gave the credit to himself because of his actions that propelled economic growth.
Obama said, “As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way.” He then jokingly said, “Thanks Obama,” a popular meme used by his supporters and detractors during his administration.
The former President was talked about the programs on clean energy and regulations on carbon pollution, which were implemented during his tenure in the White House.
The former President made the statement during his remarks at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago. The event is attended by mayors to discuss climate change, a very important issue to Obama.
Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported jobs growth thus the United States recovered from the hurricanes in October.
Additionally, Obama emphasized that the time is unusual for American leadership citing the reason that Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. He said that decision “was a difficult position to defend.”
However, the former President pointed out, “But the good news is that the Paris Agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own.” According to him, national government must set goals, invest in alternative energy, and incentivize market responses to help solve the problem.
Furthermore, Obama praised local leaders for their contributions and efforts to tackle climate change. He said, “That’s a powerful signal to the world, that’s what leadership means, and it will make a difference.”