(CBS News) POLAND, OHIO -- In a cramped elementary school - on a stage framed by American flags but absent the hay bales and picnic tables that dotted President Obama's visits yesterday to these select Northern Ohio communities, Mr. Obama spent less than 2 minutes discussing today's jobs numbers, acknowledging that "it's still tough out there."
"We learned this morning that our businesses created 84,000 new jobs last month, and that overall means that businesses have created 4.4 million new jobs over the past 28 months, including 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. That's a step in the right direction."
The President emphasized that simply recovering lost jobs is clearly not enough. "We can't be satisfied because our goal was never to just keep on working to get back to where we were back in 2007, he said. "I want to get back to a time when middle class families and those working to get into the middle class have some basic security. That's our goal. So we've got to grow the economy even faster and we've got to put even more people back to work."
Obama campaign senior adviser David Plouffe seemed to shrug off the jobs numbers, telling CBS News, "it's what everybody expected." And Plouffe said the campaign will continue to make the case that the economy would not get better if Romney were elected president. Romney, he said, "would make it worse."