GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been repeating an old myth about President Obama having said that if Congress passed its stimulus plan, unemployment would stay below 8 percent. In fact, Obama never said that. The myth is based on a report that two of Obama’s economic advisers drafted before Obama was sworn in as president. “This was merely a staff report about a generic stimulus package, not even Obama’s own plan,” according to Washington Post fact checkers. The report also warned several times that this was merely a projection and there was considerable uncertainty. Obama did say that if “dramatic action” were not taken, “the unemployment rate could reach double digits.” That ended up happening anyway.
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