March 6th, 2009
12:04 PM ET
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Obama touts job creation from stimulus plan

President Obama says his stimulus plan will spur job creation.
President Obama says his stimulus plan will spur job creation.

(CNN) - President Obama on Friday touted the benefits of his economic recovery plan at a police cadet graduation made possible as a result of the recently passed $787 billion stimulus package.

"We've got big challenges ahead of us," Obama said at the ceremony for 25 new Columbus, Ohio police officers.

But the stimulus plan would facilitate an economic recovery, he said, in part by helping support workers in law enforcement, teaching and other public sector professions.

Watch: The politics behind the unemployment figures

"Because of this plan, stories like the one we're celebrating here in Columbus will soon take place all across this nation," the president said as he announced the distribution of $2 billion in new law enforcement grants from the stimulus package.

The graduating cadets were informed at the end of January that they would be laid off because of a shortfall in the city's budget, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said.

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  1. Marc

    Floyd in NY – I know that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is left/liberal leaning, HOWEVER they use data provided by the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Government Accountability Office among others, and their reports are well considered so far. So take a look at what they have to say about 'Reaganomics', check their data and analysis and then try to say anything positive about the 'Reaganomics'. Just FYI, the Laffer curve is not efficient on any conditions, check the CBO's 'Analyzing the Economic and Budgetary Effects of a 10 Percent Cut in Income Tax Rates' paper for more information.

    March 6, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Cheryl Tx

    @adam March 6th, 2009 12:50 pm ET
    I would like to see ONE person that knows the solution to this problem, JUST ONE!!!!! There are NONE, people are just pointing fingers at the people they dont like. Good luck with trying to get Iraqis to get along, we cant event get along here ****I agree .....You get an A+

    March 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. But wait, there's more

    Actually, I believe Obama's job creation total has reached 85.
    There were 60 people who started working on an obscure bridge out in the Missouri countryside, too.

    March 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. JIM...TX

    @ tired of it....you get up on the wrong side of the bed today? Forgot your meds? Bet its a blast being around you all day with your negativity:)

    March 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    LOL, reading your posts are the most laughs I get in a day. So much idiocy, so few reasonable thoughts. Look up and down these posts and you'll see exactly why the economy is in such bad shape. America is populated by idiots like you.

    March 6, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. worriedmom

    amazing that this article did not tell you that Obama is bragging about what his stimulus did for these guys but forgot to mention that the money will be out by the end of the year! then what? good grief, stop parading around and get to business Mr. President. Have had enough of your photo ops!!

    March 6, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Kevin

    GIve it time, people. So far, the score card is looking good in President Obama's favor. Keep it up, Mr. President. You still have alot of work to do.

    March 6, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. MaryanneAZ

    Remember: It only takes a spark to get a fire going! Every single job added is worthy of celebration. We're on the right track.

    March 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Shooky

    What Obama failed to mention is that funding for these jobs from the stimulus plan stops after 1 year.

    March 6, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Yolanda Moore

    President Obama has been in office less than 90 days–that is the problem with the American public they want quick fixes–if you all have the answers and/or solutions run for President. It's easy to sit at home in front of your computer and spit out your opinion.

    March 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Lori

    Ask the Republicans with NO solutions this question: How many jobs were created by George W Bush and the Republicans. I'll wait for a legitimate answer...

    Still waiting...

    March 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Mike in MS

    AnnMM and Democrates,

    You need to go take another look at your stats. California is 48th in EDUCATION and is 42 BILLION IN DEBT!!!!!!!

    THE SO CALLED INBREED STATES HAVE AN ECONOMY HAS INCREASED 18% COMPARED TO YOUR BLUE STATES!!!!!!

    OH AND ONE LAST FACT BUSH DID GET US INTO DEBT BY 3.3 TRILLION DOLLARS BUT IN LESS THAN 1 MONTH OBAMA HAS GOTTEN US IN A 13 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT. FOR ALL YOU LIBERAL MATHMATICIANS OBAMA HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED BUSHES DEBT.

    THANK GOODNES FOR RUSH LIMBAUGH AND THE GOP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Darko

    25 jobs that are funded for 1 year... then what? Can you see why some governors are reluctant to take the money?

    They give you money this year and you're supposed to continue the funding for the future. That's just asking for a budget crisis.

    March 6, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. johnny the boy

    $800,000,000,000 divided by 25 jobs = $32,000,000,000 per job.

    Will Obama the Logo President be photo-oping each new job or hire?

    March 6, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    If the stimulus created/saved those jobs.where will the money come from next year for them to keep those jobs? Are they temp jobs or will the good people of Ohio see a tax increase, or better yet will that burden fall on the hole country?

    March 6, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. bk

    Get well Soon GOP

    The Dems have the majority or did you forget?

    March 6, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Ghost

    You people are crazy. He really could walk on water and you guys would ask you is that creating jobs. I'd be willing to bet that you guy also laughed when he suggested that getting regular tune ups and inflating tires would save folks gas.

    Get over yourselves, give up the rhetoric and just wait and see.

    March 6, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. George Arlington, TX.

    You know it all Republicans had better watch out. There is no momey in the package that has your name on it. Thank God you will just try to purchase braging rights and the so called stupid Democrats will short change you. GET OVER IT YOU LOST . YOU WERE B U S H E D.

    March 6, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. matt

    Idiot Republicans and their proposition of tax cuts, they just don't get it (which explains why the party continues to be in utter disarray). How is a tax cut going to help the man or woman who doesn't have a job and has no taxable income to begin with!? With a tax increase on the big business fat cats who make too much anyway, at least money is actually going into the economy; but what can you expect from the uneducated party of 'no'?

    March 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. rea

    thefletch just wondering are you white, uneducated, and stupid.

    March 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    @AnnMM Republicans get off the federal teet. We Democrats are sick of paying your bills and digging the country out of your messes
    ---------------–
    Huh?? Some of the biggest disasters in this country are areas controlled by Dems! You blame Bush for the ineptness of Major Nagin, former Gov Blanco, Former Major Kilpatrick. I can go on and on!

    March 6, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. jp,michigan

    President praised the fact that 25 jobs were saved today. What I understand they save those policemen's jobs for one year, what happens a year from now? More needs to be done to help everyones job, not for just one year though!

    March 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Get Well Soon GOP

    Bush always leave a place better then when you found it. You got to the white house with a surplus and left with a bill. That is like hustling backwards. What is wrong with you?

    March 6, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. ANNIE'S ADAM'S APPLE SHOWS SHE IS A TRANNY!

    That is 25 more than the repubs have created!

    President Obama is at least doing something unlike the repub "leaders" which are sitting in a corner and pouting and randomly shouting "tax breaks for the rich" and "ShamWows for everyone"!

    Therefore, proving repubs are useless except as shills!

    March 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Ron Jeremy

    Democrats like to play the blame game citing the past as an excuse for their present actions. The stimulus will only create a larger budget for the future as the infrastructure jobs will only be temporary. Those jobs will only last while the work does, resulting in unemployment or additional spending to keep them employed. Not to mention, most of the money will disappear due to inefficiency and corruption at the local level. It's only human nature to steal, it takes an effort not to.

    March 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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