Obama: Jobs plan needed to help stalled economy
September 9th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: Jobs plan needed to help stalled economy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama hit the road Friday to rally public support for his new job creation plan, calling it critical to efforts to invigorate an ailing economy and avert a new downturn.

"This has been a terrible recession," the president told an enthusiastic crowd at the University of Richmond in Virginia. "You expect action, and you deserve it right now."

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  1. GI Joe

    Next year - if you want a Fascist (corporate) government, vote republican for your house members and senators.

    It's up to the voters of this country - or is it? Has it gone on too long already? Is our House of representatives (paid by corporations) already controlling the entire United States?

    September 9, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Marie MD

    He is keeping his word. Let theb rethugs/teatards (koch and limbaugh) figure out how to tell Americans that their continued employment as members of congress is more important than those who sent them there.
    Good luck :-)

    September 9, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. jane

    Serious times for serious people....vote alllllllll senators who are behaving like children OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Some conservativs are quite upset that President Obama used the bully pulpit to admonish Congress. That he did what polls show that the American people have been wanting him to do. Leave the Principal's office, walk down the hall to the unruly classroom, and read them the riot act. At least that's how FNC is portraying it; "outraged" is the term they used within a minute of the speech ending.

    Now the President has topic for his stump speech. He basically told congressional Republicans to, "Show your love." I loved it when President Obama pointed out the some members have signed pledges to "not raise taxes until the day they die." And then challenged them not to raise taxes on the middle class. Obama was speaking about extending the payroll tax cuts, which Republicans had originally wrote, and now they want to let them expire, which would raise taxes on the middle class. The looks of "shock and awe" on the faces of some members should have made been in someone's newspaper this morning. "Show your love."

    September 9, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    from an article yesterday, "Republicans talk jobs":
    Just minutes after the Western Caucus ended their news conference, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, took to the same podium with another group of GOP senators to push their jobs agenda. "No one blames the president for the economy he inherited, but he should take responsibility for his policies making it worse." said Alexander. "Republicans are ready to work with the president and to make it easier and cheaper to create private sector jobs. We've suggested a number of ways to do that: lower tax rates with fewer loopholes, fewer regulations."
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    No one blames the President??? Reince Priebus was on Fox News this morning talking about President Obama's plan. Priebus stated, "The first stimulus drove the economy into a ditch ...blah, blah, blah." Republicans are such liars. I doubt if Sen. Alexander is unaware of what the Chairman of the RNC is going to say publicly about who's to blame for the economy.

    September 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. FM

    Go for it Mr. President. People heard you louder last night, and it is going to work!

    September 9, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. New Age Independent

    We don't know how to pay for it... So lets pass it quickly? That's his plan? FAIL

    September 9, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. gt

    all this is 2012 election campain.. he needed to be working on jobs 3 yrs ago...a little slow and late to begin to work on jobs ...

    September 9, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Go Perry

    lmao: Just another way for obama to campaign on the taxpayers dime, and time. This guy is a great con artist...with some blind followers.

    September 9, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Atlanta Independent

    That what I been saying president Obama get out there and let the American people know that you with the middle class and working class american. Get out there and show American you not a weak president. The day has come that the teabaggars are losing the fight against america.

    September 9, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Oh come on........it is nothing but an excuse to start campaigning.......on the public's nickle.

    This is the worst Presidetn since Jimmy Carter, and he is likely to become the worst of all time, before it is all said and done.

    September 9, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. WiredweirdinSF

    He sure made a great campaign speech. Sure to appeal to those union thugs who are threatenting to kill responsible, hard working, tax paying Americans, those who want to send us straight to hell after the corrupt union bosses kill us and the drug addicts and welfare frauds the represent and who will vote once again for the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady president in our history. Unfortunately, he is doing nothing for those of us who accept personal responsibility for our lives, play by the rules, saved money for our retirement rather than trust the ponzi scheme social security system, invest that money in the evil corporatinos that actually creates jobs. In other word just more theft of our money to benefit him and all those hate filled, anti femenist, drug addled democrat liberals.

    September 9, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    It's a shame that the President had to come up with a jobs plan when this is what Republicans campaigned on last Fall. In the 8 plus months they've been in charge, they've proposed plans that create more job loss. It will be interesting to see if they go along with the President, or just say screw you Americans as they have in the past. And it will be more interesting to see if the President stands strong on this, or caves again. Pass the popcorn, please.

    September 9, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. larry

    Good luck Mr President you'll need it, cause our country is not as smart as you like to think too many would rather follow a dumb white person instead of a smart black person fact being john mccain should have never had a chance

    September 9, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Less than 2 hours after Obama gave his speech, the bitching from the right was already in full blast mode. Surprise, surprise. I can't help but compare President Obama to any one of the hopefuls running against him. It is, after all, what elections are: comparisons and choices. The sandbox brigrade just isn't doing if for me, GOPers ... no way, no how.

    September 9, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. cindy

    God speed President Obama. I hope congress and senate work together for us but based on what we have seen....I doubt we will gain anthing. Seems the ONLY time we are thought of is when it is time to vote. You and VP Biden have mine. Thank you for at least trying which is more than I can say for the others that were elected.

    September 9, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Emerson

    It's about time that the President backed the GOP into a corner. Now keep the pressure on so that the American people can finally understand that the GOP is the real "Job-killer". As for the GOP members of Congress who refused to attend the Joint Session of Congress last night, turn in your credentials and go home and work for your party, as you are no longer a viable part of the democratice process. In fact the entire GOP can accurately be labelled as "democracy-killing". I can't wait for 2012.

    September 9, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    If I wasn't at work right now, I'd head up I-64 to go hear the President take a dump in Eric Cantor's backyard.

    September 9, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Obama's proposal included extended unemployment benefits, which were lengthened to the current 99-week maximum in 2009. Top Democrats argue that such money will immediately be pumped back into the economy in the form of new consumer spending.
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    This is a proven and guaranteed way to waste tax dollars to keep unemployment high. It is pure and undiluted Obama politics, the kind of abuse taxpayers and businesses have come to expect from the Obama administration.

    September 9, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Republican who supports President Obama

    At least our President has come up with a plan. I do not see the GOP offer a jobs plan yet. "Speaker" Tanman was wimpering in the corner instead of following up on his so-called promise to create jobs. The GOP in office right now is a total disgrace and a joke.

    This congress is the least effective one in YEARS. The idiot holding a sign about drilling could not come up with a plan -yet he has time to print a one pager about drilling. Drilling! How is that going to help this country as a whole? What an epic failure the GOP is.

    September 9, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Just another way for obama to campaign on the taxpayers dime, and time."

    Hey, TeaPer. New to politics are you? Heads up - ALL sitting U.S. Presidents running for re-election have campaigned while still holding the job of U.S. President. Nothing new or unusual, unless of course you're only here to whine.

    September 9, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Marcus

    Four and The Door – 'This is a proven and guaranteed way to waste tax dollars to keep unemployment high'
    According to whom? You?
    Because the (flawed) logic behind this argumentation had been debunked over and over....
    Every time somebody with a (R) next to his/her name says that (or something close to it), the real deal economist (even those who have a 'right/conservative' point of view and don't want to lose their credibility) come and says 'You are so wrong!'.
    That has been happening for decades!
    But then again, there are folks whom stick to their point of view, no matter what facts and reality has to say in the matter...

    September 9, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |