September 10th, 2010
01:48 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama: Recession recovery has been 'painfully slow'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that bouncing back from the recession has been "painfully slow," but insisted that the economy continues to grow as he pushed his administration's new economic proposals at his first news conference in months.

Obama once again urged the Senate to pass his small-business jobs bill, arguing that it has been blocked by "a partisan (Republican) minority." He praised Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, for announcing that he would not help GOP leaders block the bill.

Still, he said, there is "room for discussion" on competing tax plans. "If the Republican leadership is prepared to get serious ... I would love to talk to them," he told reporters at the White House.

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  1. Uncle Sam

    Hard to start a recovery by running the next generation trillions in debt.

    September 10, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel's almost non-existent.

    September 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. mike

    Shhhh! Don't tell all those families that lost jobs, cars, homes, etc. during the "summer of recovery". They won't beleive it. They voted for change, now they don't have that!!!

    September 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    during the campaign:
    "in my first 100 days"
    "day one"
    "right away"
    "turn around"
    "change, change, change"

    "someone else's fault"
    "soon – in few years"
    "same'ol, same'ol, same'ol"

    September 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Renea

    Thank you Mr. President unlike some others i know it took us years to get in this mess and its going to take years to get us out of it. The economy is growing again some cant see it because they are so busy complaining. just like it someone would have told them that we was going to be in a recession 10 years ago they would not have believe it.

    September 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Bingo

    Since President Obama has acknowledged that the recovery has been "painfully slow," will he now also acknowledge that the recovery has been impeded, not enhanced, by his administration and the Democratic Congress excessive spending and overreaching for big government control of everything?

    September 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    Aren't the Republicans the ones who are always carping about hurting the small businessman and how they are supposedly the segment that will lead the recovery? Yet they're blocking a bill that would help small businesses? Pretty hypocritical.

    September 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Gerald

    Stop the spending maddness, this is another spending bill and nothing else. We are broke as a nation, and quite frankly both democrats and republicans are to blame, vote them all out.

    September 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. j

    Business tax breaks !!!!! When proposed by a Democrat, especially Obama, trust the Repubs to find some excuse to oppose it. Believe me- If they win big in Nov, they will "tweek" Obama`s proposal and find a way to claim credit. ---– These people only care about one thing--- POWER.

    September 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. jim

    Recovery has been painfully slow.What recovery?And when dems get in trouble politically,whip out the class warfare card,dems are for the poor and republicans are for the rich.So sad ................and don't forget this is the same man that said we're going to forget the politics of yesteryears .I'm about bringing people together.HOW'S THAT CHANGE WORKING AMERICA?....................................

    September 10, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Peter M

    The Prez is a good, hard-working man. But he has a Congress full of rabid republicans and conservative Dems who could care less about Americans. They are thugs.

    September 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Painfully slow????? It has been nonexistant!!! If the incompetent, inept, corrupt union toady hadn't used the money as a political payback for the slimy, corrupt union bosses and the dope smoking libertards, it would probably be humming. All of these things he is proposing now were what the Republicans said should be in the original stimulus package, the the Democrat liberals turned in to a corrupt mess.

    September 10, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Alban

    To all you Obama supporters, I know that you are not too bright so I will speak slowly.
    As always, it takes the Republicans to fix the mistakes of the Democrats. The nightmare will be over in 2012

    September 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    Dems have presidency; Dems have huge Senate majority; Dems have huge House majority. Economy plummets again under failed and discredited Obama policies.

    Obama Solution: BLAME Reps with vicious and divisive attacks!

    September 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. maude

    President Obama has reached across the isle to the Republican Party since he was elected, and was rejected repeatedly by the "Party of NO. " I think it's time the gloves came off, and he does it HIS WAY.

    September 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. BB

    There is no better man on earth for the job than our incredible President Barack Obama.

    God has blessed us with the best he had!
    We should all embrace him dearly.
    How lucky we are!!!

    OBAMA 2012!!!
    DEMS 2010 and 2012!!!!

    September 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Shirley in California

    Thank you Mr. President. This economy WILL recover under THIS president and we WON'T need the help of the ill-fated republicans to do it.

    I don't know if anyone else besides me has noticed lately – how many republicans are on the blogs since our president has been back out on the campaign trail. Be afraid – be VERY afraid. Our president is going to defeat your evil agenda and there is NOTHING you can do about it. Keep telling it like it is Mr. President. We are strongly behind you and support our country's return to peace and prosperity.

    September 10, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Hey Obama,

    Look no further than the mirror for the reason why. Class warfare has been tried in this country before. It never works – the rich will sit on their fortunes and just bide their time – as they always have.

    Why, you ask? Because you've already taxed their fortunes. You can only tax their earnings, which are typically a pittance compared to what they've already amassed. And when you try to tax the earnings on their fortunes, they'll find ways around it. Ask the senior senator from Massachusetts where he and his ketchup heiress wife have their fortune – did you say tax-free muni bonds?

    So while you stir up the masses with your "kick the rich" rhetoric, remember this – you're probably hurting the less fortunate more.

    Am I wealthy? Far from it. But I never worked for a poor man. All I have is my earning potential. Don't take that away from me.

    September 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Snow

    Watching this clown, the current one term occupant of the White House is painful.

    September 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. g

    creating jobs to take the place of the ones shipped overseas is going to take time,but if you want to go back to trickle- down you,ll be waiting another 30 yr,s

    September 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Marcus

    "If the Republican leadership is prepared to get serious ... I would love to talk to them," he told reporters at the White House.

    Why would they get serious? Lie, smear and spin have been working so far with their base so far...

    September 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Hammerer

    Right direction? Worse economy, record debt, record jobless workers is not recovery and that is the truth of the results of obama's way!
    Who is out of touch with realiy?

    September 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. The incompetent Barrack Hussien Obama


    Your policies are a joke. Your belief system is a joke.

    You are a solcialist tool.

    Bow wow, you are a dog.

    September 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Naqib

    Oh yes... do another stimulis.... it's worked so well

    It will recoever... not because of this admin... but in spite of it

    "Painfully Slow".... perfect discription of this administrations one and only term

    September 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Doug

    The Republican leadership is never going to be serious about helping the economy. It's all about their quest for power so they can tell me who I can love and how I can live in my own home.

    September 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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