Jack Welch Tweet: Jobs Numbers An Obama Conspiracy [UPDATE]

10/05/2012 09:45 am ET | Updated Oct 05, 2012
  • Harry Bradford Associate Editor, HuffPost Business and HuffPost Small Business

Not everyone celebrated Friday's jobs report, which showed that the unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

Ex-GE CEO Jack Welch called the numbers "unbelievable" and accused the Obama campaign of fudging them in a Tweet on Friday:

Update: Welch defended his tweet in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Friday. "I wasn't kidding," he said.
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Welch wasn't the only one to float jobs-related conspiracy theories Friday. Washington Examiner writer Conn Correll accused "a bunch of Dems" of lying about getting jobs and others described the drop as "just like magic," according to New York Magazine. But Welch's conspiracy theory isn't being taken too seriously. Felix Salmon of Reuters may have actually been the most generous in his response:

Others less so:

And some just plain don't believe it:

Welch's secretary Roseanne Badowski told Bloomberg that her boss is the only one with access to his Twitter account. Don't expect Welch to flesh out his conspiracy theory anytime soon. The secretary also said that he's booked all day in meetings.

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