'Job creators' to attend Obama speech
September 8th, 2011
02:11 PM ET
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'Job creators' to attend Obama speech

Washington (CNN) – Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that twelve "job creators" will sit in the speaker's box at President Barack Obama's joint address to Congress tonight.

Boehner said that each of these guests exemplify regulations that have effected businesses around the United States.

These are "people with real world experience on how the regulations coming out of this administration are impeding their ability to grow their business and create jobs," said Boehner.

Among the special guests in attendance will be Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar Company. Looking for illegally imported wood, armed agents from the US Fish and Wildlife Service raided two of Gibson's Tennessee production facilities and its Nashville headquarters on Aug. 24.

A release announcing the invited guests from Boehner's office said that "unelected Washington bureaucrats won't say" why they raided the Gibson facility.

"No charges have been filed and federal regulators have not explained to the company what may have been wrong or how to rectify the situation," the Boehner release stated.

An affidavit filed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service does state why the facilities were raided. "Gibson falsely labeled the wood shipment to make it sound legal and suspiciously omitted the company's name as the recipient," stated the affidavit.

"Henry is the type of CEO that is doing the right thing," Rep. Marsha Blackburn. R-Tennessee. "My hope is that the President will listen to these employers and job creators and will help get America back to work."

Obama will outline his job creation plans in an address to Congress, and the special guests, at 7p.m. tonight.

The additional attendees include:

  • Spencer Weitman, president of National Cement
  • Kaleil Tuzman, chairman and CEO of Kit Digital
  • Glenn Rieger, partner at NewSpring Capitol
  • Eric Treiber, president of Chicago White Metal Casting
  • Lisa Ingram, COO of White Castle
  • Jim Plante, CEO of Pathway Cenomics
  • Ignacio Urrabazo, president of Commerce Bank
  • Chris George, CEO of CMG Finance Company
  • Rock Katschnig, farmer
  • Safi Bahcall, president and CEO of Synta Pharmaceuticals
  • Gordon Logan, CEO of Sports Clips
  • Jack Earle, managing partner at Earle Enterprises.

Filed under: Congress • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Name king

    Hey I thought the legislation body implement regulations and not the president. If there pending regulations these repugs keep yapping about that will hender businesses, what the hell can the president do to implement it. The president would have to ask boner and canter to implement these new regulations, what is the chance in hell that these two fire brand will lesson to the president when they despise the man. These repugs have taken drama to a new level. Why are these corporations having uncertainty when they know the repugs in congress are bought and paid for by themselves. Hey Spew that garbage to the gullible in our society that hangs on every lying word you guys spew.

    September 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    An affidavit filed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service does state why the facilities were raided. "Gibson falsely labeled the wood shipment to make it sound legal and suspiciously omitted the company's name as the recipient," stated the affidavit.

    Sounds like Gibson was doing something illegal and there was probably cause for the raid on their plant.

    Just because a company whines when it gets caught breaking the law doesn't mean it is suffering from over-regulation.

    September 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boner endorses Gibson's attempt to lie about illegally imported wood? So much for swearing to uphold the laws of the United States. Fire Boner 2012!

    September 8, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. GOP hates Middle Class

    I thought it's their taxes that's preventing them from growing jobs Boner, get your lies err stories straight. We can't collect revenue on personal income taxes because that's what's preventing all of these corporations from hiring. Go hang out with the flake from MN.

    September 8, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It sounds like these 'job creators' are not much into regulations to protect consumers.

    September 8, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Really?

    Wow. Talk about political theater! But I suppose if GOP is going to lambast Obama with accusations of it, they need to hypocritically reciprocate and do it themselves.

    September 8, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Canuck

    Deregulate, deregulate!! It worked so well with the banks!! It is truly sad that so many Americans are fooled by the greedy, evil Republicans.

    September 8, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Name jeremy@Dallas

    They all want laws that favor their profits and consumers or general public. Why don't we abolish entire constitution and live without laws?

    September 8, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Enjoy your job while you've got it. You Parasite. It's a good chance in the next election, you'll be looking for work with the rest of the unemployed. The lack of your self righteous smirk will be refreshing. I'd be embarassed to be speaker of a congress that has a 13% approval rating. Apparently this means nothing to you and your cronies.

    September 8, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. maf

    Maybe one of these brave souls will hear something President Obama has to say that resonates with them and goes AGAINST what the GObTP are stonewalling, has the backbone to oppose Boehner et al, and makes some news saying they support the current administration!!! Wishful thinking I know, as they have been hand-picked by Boehner-Cantor, but maybe, just maybe. . .
    The more people who refute the current stance by the Party of NO and they will become the Party of NOTHING in 2012!

    September 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. bugbuster

    This guitar buff is indignant about the Gibson affair *and* Boehner's disingenuous attempt to exploit it for his own political gain.
    DOJ justifies this heavy-handed raid by international laws and treaties, not US federal regulations. The US and India have agreed to abide by each other's laws, and Gibson is alleged to have broken Indian law. Boehner's version of events is crap.

    September 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Christopher from NC

    I will never buy a Gibson Guitar now. Any company that supports the rude loudmouth party of no solutions will NOT get my money any more.

    September 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. TomInRochNY

    Representatives from China and Asia are coming to the speech? Wow!

    September 8, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    If company breaks the law republicans will defend them we seen in BP oil spill

    Michelle Obama bought Gibson guitar so she didn’t want to kill the Jobs

    September 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Irrma in North Carolina

    Just keep it up orange man you wont be speaker of the house for long. A 13 percent rating isnt to good is it?

    September 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. RobertFTL

    Regulations are in place so that we don't experience another 2008 financial meltdown that would have sent the world into a depression if not for President Obama. If not for regulations, corporations would strip all of our natural resources that are endanger of being extinct and polluting our air just to make a buck. Regulations spur new thoughts and ways to grow our economy instead of sticking to status quo like maybe investing in renewable clean energy.

    September 8, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Canuck

    "Henry is the type of CEO that is doing the right thing,"

    So now importing wood illegally and attempting to cover it up is praiseworthy according to the GOP.

    September 8, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. pat carr

    Ah, it looks like Boehner will be inviting his and the GOP's masters to the speech this evening. Let the groveling begin!

    September 8, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Excellent. Some of the mythical job creators will be in attendance. Now can someone please put a microphone in front of one ask, "Why does a *personal* tax cut aimed you, the wealthy job creators, help your company more than a tax cut aimed specifically at business?" The answers should be good.

    September 8, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Marry

    First, Boehner is again ill-informed or lying. If there are rules and “falsely labeled wood shipment” is suspected, then they have to go after it! Not to do this would be law and order according to the GOP!
    Then, check out the companies invited. So we know “how” they want to create jobs (not paying taxes). Google them! Most people/companies listed want to make money with little regards for you or the environment! Just what we need!
    Besides, GOP/TP, we already know how you will react: Staying with your “pledges” and disregard for the President, for good ideas, for moving the country forward… So tired of these demagogues! 2012 cannot come soon enough to get the party of “NO” out of Congress and Senate. Then the President might have good people to work with during his second term!

    September 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. CoJo

    We keep hearing that there are millions of jobs out there but companies cannot find the right mix of skills. So for moment let's say these companies are just pulling stunts (they want PhD with 10 years of experience) just to get more H1B people cheap. Let's assume they are note doing that for this argument. And let's also assume the majority of the unemployed do indeed want to work (as has been reported). Now I can understand companies want people with 100% of the skill. Obviously this is not happening. So how about companies train (or point people to where they can get training) with the understanding the job WILL be there when they get done with the training. If the companies foot the bill for the training, they get it all back in form of a tax rebate. They people with skill, people get employed, if skill mismatch occurs then training occurs to aligned it up. The government would get the rebate back because more people are paying standard taxes.
    I’d really like to see those on unemployment be on some sort of training program to. So that when employment ends, they have updated or new skills.
    Commments?

    September 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. bob

    Boehner is as big a joke as the person who crafted the sentence: "Boehner said that each of these guests exemplify regulations that have effected businesses around the United States." Effected? English isn't your primary language? How about "affected"? Sigh.

    September 8, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Yawn. So Boehner went and found 12 CEO's/executives who happen to be angry Republicans. Big freekin deal. What a circus the GOP likes to make out of the government.

    GOP MOtto: "Government doesn't work...see...we broke it!!!!"

    September 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. BamaWhig

    "Boehner said that each of these guests exemplify regulations that have effected businesses around the United States."

    The regulations created businesses? That's awesome! Oh, you meant "affected". I support hiring people who have come to our country for opportunities, but keep them away from the keyboards until they've mastered the language, okay? That goes for proofreaders too.

    September 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. one voice

    Job creators? MORE LIKE ECONOMY BUSTERS

    September 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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