Rosy Scenario, or the Audacity of Hope?
2009: -1.2% -1.9%
2010: +3.2% +2.1%
2011: +4.0% +2.9%
2012: +4.6% +2.9%
2013: +4.2% +2.8%
Accumulating the difference, you find that Team Obama projects about 6 percent higher GDP in 2013 than do private forecasters.
A related news story:
The actual highest ranking woman on the economic team is named Christy, not Rosy, and here is what she had to say:
The Obama administration's outlook has private economists wondering: Has Rosy Scenario made a comeback?...
Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, a major private forecasting firm, called the administration's forecasts "way too optimistic" and said it could represent a return to the overly optimistic forecasts of previous administrations confronted by surging budget deficits.
"They used to joke during the Reagan years that the highest ranking woman in the administration was Rosy Scenario," he said. "We may be seeing a return of Rosy Scenario."
Speaking to reporters Thursday, White House economist Christina Romer called the projections an "honest forecast" by the administration's professional forecasters. "I'd reject the premise that we're noticeably rosier," she said. "We certainly are somewhat more optimistic, but certainly nothing out of the ballpark."