Barackrobatics: In the Right Direction (September Update)

In response to this morning's news that July's unemployment rate was 9.6%, a slight increase from June's 9.5%, the President ventured out into the Rose Garden and spake:

Well, I will be addressing a broader package of ideas next week. We are confident that we are moving in the right direction, but we want to keep this recovery moving stronger and accelerate the job growth that's needed so desperately all across the country.
But the key point I'm making right now is that the economy is moving in a positive direction. Jobs are being created. They're just not being created as fast as they need to, […]
And the evidence that we've seen during the course of this summer and over the course of the last 18 months indicate that we're moving in the right direction. We just have to speed it up.
If you're keeping score, this makes September the seventh consecutive month in which President Obama has insisted at some point that the economy is headed in the right direction. (And 17 out of the last 18 months.)

Oh, one more quote:

[The President] stated today that the trend of employment had changed in the right direction. He announced after the Cabinet meeting that the Department of Labor had informed him ...
That's from the New York Times.

The date on the article is January 21, 1930.

And the quoted President is Herbert Hoover.

Plus ça change…