With the bleak August jobs report comes the news that labor participation is down and job growth has slowed — unexpectedly, natch.

The country has reached 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, but don’t you worry your pretty little heads about that “turbulence,” says NBC’s Luke Russert. In lapdog world, it’s full speed ahead for the Obama rocket!

Ground control to Major Tom.

Update:

A Twitchy reader reminds us of Russert’s history as a “real reporter.”