No. It. Isn’t.

Via USA Today:

President Obama saluted “more good news about our economy” today, and made an election-year argument that “we can’t go back to the policies that led to the recession.”

Obama spoke at an Arlington, Va., fire house just hours after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 243,000 new jobs in January, and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3%.

While “these numbers will go up and down” in the coming months, Obama told firefighters that “the economy is growing stronger — the recovery is speeding up.”

To that end, Obama urged Congress to extend the payroll tax cut that expires at the end of February, and not let the issue get bogged down in politics.

“Don’t muck it up,” Obama said to Congress.

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