Obama talks economic competitiveness, touts China deals in weekly address
January 22nd, 2011
04:19 PM ET
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Obama talks economic competitiveness, touts China deals in weekly address

(CNN) – Three days after hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao in talks defined largely by economic issues, President Obama championed plans to make America more competitive during his weekly radio address Saturday.

He began with an upfront assessment that more doors should be opened for U.S. goods and services internationally, saying, "If we're serious about fighting for American jobs and American businesses, one of the most important things we can do is open up more markets to American goods around the world."

Obama then claimed that this week's talks with China's president furthered this goal, asserting that the deals brokered between the two powers will result in an increase of U.S. exports to China by more than $45 billion and will support 235,000 American jobs.

The president expressed confidence that the United States is able to "out-compete any other nation on Earth (by) leading the world in innovation" and "opening new markets to American products."

"That's how we'll win in the future," he affirmed.

Sen. John Barrasso, of Wyoming, chose a different tack in the weekly Republican address, touting his party's efforts to and rationale for repealing the new health care law.

The orthopedic surgeon-turned-politician noted that the House of Representatives voted this week to repeal the legislation – in what many consider a largely symbolic move, since Democrats still control the Senate. Barasso said the recent Congressional election, which saw Republicans make major gains, spurred the vote.

He continued with an indictment of Democrats, saying "The president's party has wasted millions of your taxpayer dollars trying to persuade you to support this law… They have failed."

Barrasso described traveling across the country and hearing from "Americans who want Washington to take its hands off their health care."

The vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference asserted that "health care decisions should be decided in your doctor's office - not a Washington office."

"Nothing should come between you and your doctor," he continued. "Our job won't be done until we repeal and replace this bad law."

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. annette

    the president talks about creating jobs and the repub are still talking about the healthcare repeal. don't they get what is important right now????????

    January 22, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Nadeem

    The President is bang on, we need to sell to the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations, that is where the people and growth are. Americans are tapped out we cannot continue to expect the American consumer to bail out the economy. That was the Bush philosophy and it fell flat on its face.

    January 22, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. diridi

    Manufacturing..Manufacturing...and Manufacturing....then strict immigration....strong dollar...fuel-efficiency...saves the nation...

    January 22, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    The far left fringe should not be worried about losing Obama. He is still a tax and spend left fringer; as his state of dis-union will illustrate. Once a fool, always a fool.

    January 22, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. more lies from HUSSENI obama

    Talk is cheap obama, all you did was sell morre of America and probably will take another vacation, hey obama, want to learn something, its called lean manufacturing, it works in anything, but all you know how to do is lie, steal and go on vacation, thats why you are the greatest Black Welfare president and a Joke, It takes a leader to lead, not a vacation to hide, Obama talk is cheap and so are you.

    January 22, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. megan

    may the good lord keep blessing you to move the usa forward. God said no weapon form against you shall prosper.

    January 22, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. jimbob

    Nothing will save this nation. The progressive liberals have taken us to far down this path. Next step "One World Order" and the libs loose with the rest of us.

    January 22, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. walleye46

    OBAMA IS THE MAN. I just don't understand what the GOP sees that he is doing wrong. Everything he has done is to improve the BIG ECONOMIC MESS created by the last administration, stimulate the economy, help those in need get vital health care coverage, and slowly but surely (it will take time thanks to Bush) get America working again. CONGRATS and BEST WISHES to one of our BEST Presidents in my lifetime.

    January 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Howard

    Yeah, Obama, let's lift the U.S. economy by stimulating trade with other countries ... well, let's see, the average income in China is $7,000 per year ... the European Union is in big financial trouble, with several countries needing bailouts ... 13 million poor illegals from Mexico came here for work ... Looks like another lousy, phony, hope and change pitch to me !!!

    January 22, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Bill

    The President talks about a lot of things. The president is a Sophist. He says whatever is expedient.

    January 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Rolling on the floor, laughing uncontrollably...........over this ridiculous claim of accomplishment!!

    January 22, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. keepstuffingthis

    Just filled up with gas and remembered how Obozo and the democrat libs pounded, smeared, demeaned and degraded Bush when gasoline went this high during 2008 campaign. How come the democrat libs and Obozo, as well as theri supporting MSM is so quiet now? After trillions of dollars of thefts of hardworking American taxpayer money to support the corrupt union executives and the left wing nut organizations, and the destruction of our health care system so the drug addicts don't have to pay for it, this kenyan idiot now is saying we need jobs. Guess after all the destruction of the economy he has caused, he is getting ready to send tingles up Chris Matthews leg again.

    January 22, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |