POTUS requests joint session, White House brushes aside conflict with GOP debate
August 31st, 2011
12:06 PM ET
7 years ago

POTUS requests joint session, White House brushes aside conflict with GOP debate

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama Wednesday requested time to deliver an economic address to a joint session of Congress on the evening of September 7 - a prime-time platform to unveil his long-awaited jobs proposal.

The speech is set to be delivered at 8 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Congress • Jobs • President Obama
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Melon

    We are safer when he is on vacation. Save us from financial ruin and take some more time off.

    August 31, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Its time to fire these Tea Party Anarchists!! I hope you go BIG Mr. President. PROGRESSIVELY BIG!!! Screw Republicans and their corporate slave masters. Screw the tea party and retareded palinization! Just straight common sense, this country will be behind you but you have to fight for the Middle Class and stop coping to these racists Republicans who want nothing more than to create an oligarchy.

    August 31, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Moni

    STOP! More and more people are being driven into poverty – NO JOBS, NO HEALTH CARE – some like myself have lost our homes. We are hurting and fearful especially for our children. Let us come together to solve our problems not play the blame game. The President is trying ... stop take a deep breath and think. FORGET PARTY IDEOLOGY FOLKS.

    August 31, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Your re-election hinges on showing the people that you`ve got a detailed plan, a big plan that will work if only you had a Democratic House.
    So THREE YEARS into his presidency (and of course one year before his re-election campaign) he FINALLY feels the need for a "plan". Somehow I think this will be more of a Save-Obama's-Job Plan than a jobs plan for this country.

    And BTW, I guess you forgot the Democrats controlled the House for 4 years and during 2 of those years Obama was in the Whitehouse. The end result, THINGS GOT WORSE. So in short, been there, done that, go sell stupid somewhere else. I think the American people spoke pretty clearly in Nov. 2010 about what they thought of their Democratic representatives. A record number lost THEIR job.

    August 31, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Joe

    More Smoke and Mirrors from obama
    crank up the teleprompter

    August 31, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    @ Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    SHUT UP.

    August 31, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Bill, NY

    Dear Mr. President. I voted for you. Please show some kind of guts!

    August 31, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Crush

    Mr. President,
    One way to keep our economy strong is to encourage each American to buy one book of stamps from the U.S.P.S.
    This will allow the Postal Service to retain the 220,000 employees they intend to lay off.
    $8.80 Mr. President. Surely 1,000,000,000 can afford to buy a book of stamps.

    August 31, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. SecedingfromTexas

    To all you tea party "experts", continually bashing the President but not accepting that he did not start this mess, just
    know that:
    You have to bend over to stick your head in the sand, so guess what's exposed for all to see.

    August 31, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    Love the timing - just shows how totally irrelevant the GOP Presidential-wannabee herd has made themselves. Who the heck cares that they are having another "debate" to prove which one can run to the loony conservative extreme the fastest? The President will be speaking. I for one am very interested in hearing what he has to say.

    August 31, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. J

    @TEA PARTY Mike: what regulations are you talking about? I keep hearing about these added regulations that are killing jobs but have never heard what they are. Only thing going to start creating jobs is more demand.

    August 31, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. TEA PARTY Mike

    Obama talks in circles. Obama openly says he wants to transform America with his vison of change. Obama also calls for Washington to put aside party difference and compromise for the good of country.
    But Obama will no doubt want Republicans to quickly endorse his proposals in this speech with out suggesting any changes of their own. Obama wanted the debt ceiling bill and FFA bill passed without any changes, he wants the transportion bill passed without any changes before it expires. In other words only Obama can make changes to transform America. Republicans should suggest no changes and simply support everything Obama wants. When the Republicans attached deficit reduction changes to the debt ceiling bill, Obama and the Democrats refused and demanded a clean bill. Then later accused Repubicans for not being willing to compormise. Democrats eventually agreed to defict reduction and could have avoided all the fuss by agreeing to work out a deal on spending cuts right from the start. In Obama's world only Democrats can propose any change. In Obama's world compromise means Republicans agree to all Democrat bills as is. In Obama's world the views of the 50% of Ameircans that the Republicans represent do not count.

    August 31, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. AngryMobVoter

    The Republicans in Congress should boycott this speech. This is another example of dirty politics by Obama.

    All Obama is interesting doing is campaigning to the detriment of the American people. Scheduling this at the same time as the debate proves it. And we thought Nixon was bad...

    What Obama is going to do is make a bunch of proposals including more RECKLESS SPENDING and TAX INCREASES that he knows cannot pass the House. Then he will use that outcome to campaign indicating the Republicans are not working to fix the economy. This is DIRTY POLITICS of the highest order. Obama is putting his reelection AMBITION ahead of what is good for the country. Getting elected is more important than the SUFFERING of the American people to Obama. This COMPLETE DISREGARD for the welfare of the American people shows how urgent it is to vote Obama out of office.

    Obama has made it clear he plans to spend $1 BILLION to try to get reelected. Spending $1 BILLION while the American people are suffering shows how out of touch Obama is. Having the taxpayers pay for what was just a campaign trip shows his disdain for the suffering of the American people.

    The fact is the American economic problems will never be solved. All of the people living off the governments dime (welfare, food stamps, government employees, etc.) will continue to vote for the SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS. The SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS will continue to vote for the maintenance and extension of these programs so they can keep getting elected. It is a downward spiral with no viable solution unless all of us not living off the government’s dime vote 100% to replace the SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS.

    Obama engaged in a reckless stimulus spending plan which only did more harm than good. That money was used to offset financial mismanagement at the state level. The projects that were funded by that money only gave a temporary increase in business to certain businesses but BUSINESS DID NOT CREATE PERMANENT JOBS TO MEET THAT DEMAND. Why? Because the stimulus was a temporary increase in spending and did not represent a long term increase in business. Businesses met that one time increase without hiring many people. The reckless stimulus spending did not create an investment opportunity for business. The only way we will see real, long term growth in jobs is if we eliminate the oppressive regulation of business (not Wall Street), change the tax structure so it is comparable to other countries, allow businesses the flexibility to make labor more efficient and STOP THE SPENDING.

    Printing money did not work because interest rates were already as low as they could go. More dollars chasing the same amount of good and service means price increases not more jobs.

    Our bloated and inefficient government is what is thwarting job and economic growth and the reckless stimulus spending and the reckless printing of money have not and will not do anything to fix it.

    Obama is so h*ll bent of "taxing the rich" (whatever that means) because it is a campaign strategy not because it is good for the country. Obama is obsessed with getting reelected so he can ram more of his "hope and change" left-wing, near socialistic programs into law. The Democrats with Obama in charge will continue to spend and spend. More and more social programs will mean more and more people with little incentive to work and more and more voters living off the programs advocated by the SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS . His "taxing the rich" attitude will send more and more jobs out of the country.

    Mr. Obama: stop campaigning, stop SPENDING, TAXING, and REGULATING and do what is good for the country.

    We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    August 31, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Dave

    Perhaps he will ask the Redumblicans where their jobs bill is. After all, that's what they ran on in 2010. Funny, but I don't recall seeing anything from them. Of course we all know this is Obama's fault – just like he's responsbile for disco and herpes.

    August 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Republican who supports President Obama

    Way to go Mr. President. You should also make sure they leave their smartphones in the offices so they will pay attention instead of tweeting, blogging, or posting on facebook. The GOP need to listen more b/c they are totally tone deaf.

    August 31, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    The reason he wants to talk to Congress is because then he can blame Congress for not creating enough jobs.
    Umm... that may be because that is Congress' job. FYI, the House creates bills, which are then sent up to the Senate and then to the President.

    August 31, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    Harry Reid gets funding passed to pay for a "Cowboy Poetry" contest.
    Another lie... as described in FactCheck.org "the Western Folklike Center receives only nly a minimal amount of funding from the NEA each year, typically less than 3% of our total organizational budget. And, more often than not, the grants are not for direct support of the Gathering, but for other projects of the Western Folklife Center. Funding for the Gathering comes primarily from ticket sales, which cover about 50% of the cost of the event, and the rest comes from local business support, individual donors and private foundations"

    August 31, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA aka ConservaFascists

    Let's look at the FACTS. FACT #1, TEApublicans won the midterm election on a platform of JOBS. FACT #2, there has not been a jobs bill bought up for debate in the House. FACT #3, there are jobs bills in the House, except TEApublicans will not bring them to the floor. These are undeniable facts. So I ask Weeper Boehner, WHERE ARE THE FRICKIN JOBS????

    August 31, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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