....appear to be contradictory. Obama: 'Sharp decline' may be slowing In a speech at Georgetown University, the president aims to juggle his glass-half-full take with a determination to not be stamped as naive or overly rosy. (Full story) Video: Is economy on the mend? Retail sales tumble in March Motor vehicle and electronics purchases decline as unemployment takes a toll. (Full story) Employers put squeeze on workers More employers are using the recession as an excuse to trim benefits, force unpaid time off or fire workers. (Full story) So, if the sharp decline may be slowing, according to Obama, and the economy is on the mend, what's up with the tumbling retail sales and the employer squeeze?