White House finally admits the U.S. economy is in a recession.

Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that despite the National Bureau of Economic Research determining that the U.S. is in a recession, the White House still couldn’t bring itself to use the word. Today, however, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino appeared to finally recognize that relying on strained euphemisms is not an effective way to hold an informed discussion about the nation’s struggling economy. Instead, Perino acknowledged reality and finally used the word “recession.” Watch it: