ALBANY — President Barack Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday bonded over a vision of economic prosperity for the future, while sharing a rosier view of the current state and national economies.
"This nation, this state went through hard times," Cuomo said as he introduced his fellow Democrat who is seeking a second term. "We felt the pain's depth and the pain lingered ... but there is also no doubt, Mr. President, that your leadership has brought this nation through the storm and we thank you."
In turn, Obama credited Cuomo for his 17 months in office as "excellent work ... Now I want what's happening in Albany to happen all around the country," Obama said.
By most accounts, a slow, sometimes stumbling recovery is under way in New York and nationally and Cuomo and Obama have made creating jobs their priority. But governments, including New York's, have still been running deficits, and both the state and national unemployment rates are still above 8 percent.
"The economy right now is good for some, not so good for others," said Robert Bellafiore, a communications consultant and former press secretary for Republican Gov. George Pataki. "Incumbents are going to focus on how the glass is half full, while challengers will focus on how it's half empty. And they will both say it's the other party that's preventing the glass from overflowing."
Obama and Cuomo on Tuesday matched the rhetoric of Obama's campaign commercial released Monday that says the country is "coming back" after the economic meltdown caused by actions "all before this president took the oath." The ad is running in battleground states, which don't include Democrat-dominated New York.
But Obama and Cuomo focused on what they promised would be a prosperous America, where companies that fled overseas are returning, the imbalance of trade is tipping back to the United States, and the world will appreciate that if American goods aren't the cheapest, they will be the best, like the computer chips made in the Albany facility where the speeches were delivered.