Obama takes jobs bill push to North Carolina
September 14th, 2011
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Obama takes jobs bill push to North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) - President Barack Obama took the push for his $447 billion jobs plan to the politically pivotal state of North Carolina Wednesday, telling an enthusiastic college crowd that it's time to "finally get Washington to act."

"If you're in favor of America's job creators, this is your bill," Obama told an audience in a campaign-style setting at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. "The time for hand-wringing is over. ... We've got to pass this bill right away."


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  1. Mary

    Hmmmm, Mr. Obama, in case you haven't noticed it's just not the Republicans that are against you.

    September 14, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. vet in texas

    Here is where we are as a country, both parties arguing over whose policies are proven failures, this is what we need to be honest about with ourselves, because there really isn't any policies that haven't been done before in our history, just repeated every election.

    Of the stimulus is a proven failure (because Rush says so), then the tax cuts and deregulation aren't (oil spill/financial crisis, lack of revenue when cutting taxes at the same time of expanding government (homeland security/patriot act).

    September 14, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Be Sane

    "President Obama to Republicans: You're either with me, or you're against me "
    Well, we all know how that will turn out Mr. President. They have been against you from day one. Their only goal is to defeat you and it matters not that in the process they will also take down our country. I hope the American people are beginning to see through this unamerican group. They will not pass your jobs bill, it would be helpful to our country and they can't have that.

    September 14, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. ryanrory

    Where is GM going? Anybody take a look beyond your front door. This a world crisis not an Obama or US crisis, tied in through free trade agreements. The US Tax system seems to be part of the issue here. but simply lowering taxes for business does not allow for the US to play fair on the world stage. The Republicans are mission bound and that is to lower the standard here in order to compete on the world market. IE busting unions, realigning the masses thought processes, fox news etc...... Obama is doing everything in his power to counter this ideology. Wouldn't want the job..... Cudos to Mr. Obama

    September 14, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Jilli

    More accurately – "you're either with me (and the majority of sane economists) or against the American people".

    Pretty clear. The gop isn't looking out for the American people or the economy – they're looking out for their party – and that's – to use a perry term – treasonous.

    September 14, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Heard this before...

    "You're either with me, or you're against me" Who said it first..? and look where it got the country...

    "Beware of empty slogans"...............!

    September 14, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Gail

    Isn't it curious that now that the republicans have taken control of the house, the job creation numbers have tanked? We had a pretty steady ride going, but once they took control the recovery slowed, and job creation worsened.

    Coincidence? Nope. Factual. Yep.

    September 14, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. scott

    Bend over and take it middle class, the repubs are going to drive this bus into a wall too fight Obama. They have already proven that with the silly debt ceiling debate they said wouldnt cause any harm. How did that work out for the stock market, heh? And when they win the white house and congress back, thats when they really get busy....Collective bargaining? yeah right...Affordable health care for all?...Real Americans dont need or want affordable health care!!!! Clappin for letting him die? Is that where the American dream lies? Surely it cant be....if so we are already finished.

    September 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    President Obama to Republicans: You're either with me, or you're against me
    Oh honestly! We're against your FAILED POLICIES! When you get a clue, we might begin to be with you. Unfortunately, you have not shown a great ability to learn from your mistakes and change course. And as all the polls indicate, the couintry is also against you and your failed policies.


    Wat policies do you speak of ? You man alienating the country from pretty much all of our allies ? The shoot first,think second way of dealing with crisis. You know....essentially throwing gas on the fire.

    You mean that 'security' laspe W had on 9/11 ? And then blowing all the goodwill we had recieved from many allies, and even from unexpected places.

    Or the mistakes of starting those two wars. Especially the one based on WMD's ? I'm quite sure you were all for that ( even though we had no way to pay for it ) right ? You forget the blank checks W got for all that ? Were you conservatives up in arnms when Bush sent 86 billion to Iraq and essentlally lost it. I mean really. LOST ? How do you l'lose' that much money in cash ?

    Or you're talking about the prescription drug plan YOUR president didn't pay for ?

    Or the mistake of borrowing all the money from China. Wait...YOUR president W did that no ?

    Please..be SPECIFIC when you post about all these 'mistakes'.

    I notiice conservatives are good at blming the president for all the mistakes in this country. But do tell WHAT EXACTLY you are referring to.

    Condervatives such as yourself and conservatives make an awful lot of noise,but are good giving nothing more than talking points. You've heard it so much that even YOU believe.
    When it's all said said and done. History will show George W Bush sold this country down the river with Cheney. Unfortunately Obama was given the task to come in in fix it. But for WHATEVER reasons, he was given 2 years to fix it all ( with no help from the GOP mind you ) when everybody else is given 4 years.

    I love how conservatives hide behind policies as why they think Obama needs to go.


    September 14, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. bill

    I have always been against failure.

    September 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Well, seeing as how the second you were elected, Barry, the GOPer announced that they would never compromise, wanted you to fail, would oppose everything and anything you attempted and had made it their official number one overriding policy goal to make you a one-term president whatever it cost, I think it's about time you told it like it is and pointed out that the GOP's behavior consitutes "against you NO MATTER WHAT" and has all along. GIVE THEM HELL. They deserve no less.

    "Republicans – who were downright obstinate in their opposition to the president during the debt ceiling negotiations – are calling for compromise, unexpectedly reticent to be drawn into another bruising battle."

    Of course they are. The polls show that their "obstinance' cost them dearly and shined a big fat light on the kind of ridiculous, ideologically rigid, unrealistic, extremist tomfoolery the Teatrolls are all about and the societally damaging consequences it has for the country. We have their brinksmanship, gamesmanship, hostage-taking and refusal to compromise and actually demands that we default "beacuse it would be no big deal" to thank for the country's credit rating getting downgraded. They're busy destroying long-standing labor rights, long-standing voting rights, long-standing electoral processes...all because they hope it will give the GOP and conservatism a stronger foothold for battling the changing demographics of this country, which threaten to bury the GOP/Teatrolls/conservatives forever under a mountain of their own offensive behavior towards minorities. THEY ARE TERRIFIED, which is why they are showing THEY WILL DO ANYTHING AND WILL STOP AT NOTHING.

    September 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Rick in OP

    The latest results of a recent poll by Bloomberg regarding Obama's jobs plan is summarized as follows:

    "By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt the package of tax cuts and spending proposals intended to jumpstart job creation that Obama submitted to Congress this week will bring down the 9.1 percent jobless rate. That sentiment undermines one of the core arguments the president is making on the job act’s behalf in a nationwide campaign to build public support."

    September 14, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. TEA PARTY Mike

    Wow!! Obama's Gallup daily tracking poll approval rating dropped 3 points today from 43% to 40%. I don't think this is a good time for Obama to be doing a with me or against me thing on his job plan. If it was a big hit with voters he would be getting a bump in the polls. Just the opposit is happening. Indications are that his 450 billion jobs plan is not a big winner with vorters. Demanding it be passed right away is not going to be a winning argument for Obama.

    September 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. AJ Igel

    Obama – I like you and all, and I think you're one of the smartest guys we've had in the white house, but lets face it – they're against you. We all know it. You should have figured that out by now. The question isn't "if", but "why", and I think we all have our theories.

    September 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    They ARE against him. In every possible way. They have no interest in doing anything remotely bipartisan or anything to help the country. They want it to sink so they can blame Obama. Too bad it won't work....except for the sheep but they don't count. Their emplanted computer chip compels them to vote with the party of No to Obama, yes to corporations, and yes to the religious zealots

    September 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    I challenege all the conservatives on here to be specific. What policies are holding back companiesf rom hirinng ? Most are making record amounts of money and sitting on BILLIONS in reserves. Altogether I think it adds up to about 2,5 trlillion that they are sitting on.

    Are the failed policies most talk about on here the extention of the Bush Tax cuts /

    What policies are you guys talking about ?

    Hey if you don't mind drinking oil in your water or having Insurance and Banking companies rape you of your money.........then yesah. I could understand not wanting any banking regulations. And who cares about cancer ? Just dismantle the EPA ,let companies pollute ,etc and we'll all be glowing in the dark with our hair falling out. If we don't die from Ecoli in our meat.

    September 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Blink

    He had an open road with no interference the first two years and now he shouts obstruction at every speech. Obama has been unwilling to compromise and it is goint to be his downfall. Clinton was a horse trader and made thing happen but Obama does not have or evidently want those skills.

    September 14, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    It should be obvious, that the GOP is against him. he is a complete and total fiscal disaster. The NY and Nevada special elections should be an indicator that the people are ALSO very much against him, now!

    September 14, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. needNewGov

    I voted for Pres. Obama because I thought he might actually be able to change our government somewhat. Well, it's obviously impossible to change a totally corrupt entity. Why he still tries is mind-boggling. The Greed, the lobbyists, the power-hungry are killing this country and it doesn't matter who is in government. I doubt Jesus could fix this horrible system we have.

    September 14, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Morons one and all.

    September 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. greshia

    Look at all these losers talking major Smack about Big O. They quick to dog Obama but rolled over and played dead when the Repubs was leading the ship! What is it people, only white losers are acceptable in this fading star called Amerikkka? You people are duped by your own hatred... Rot all of you.

    September 14, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. I"m with u

    The lord god almighty is with you President Obama dont worry about the evil doer among us. God will watch over the poor.

    September 14, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. needNewGov

    The only optimistic view is that probably Palin or Bachmann will become president and the Mayan prophesy of the world ending in 2012 will come true and we can all foget-about-it.

    September 14, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. VT Citizen

    It's about time he grew a spine. Git'em!

    September 14, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Undeserving

    NONE of Obama's policies THAT WERE NOT OBSTRUCTED FAILED ~GM. Facts. It is your Congress – the body thay makes legislature, that has failed you and us all. Only YOU are too "???" what... too something to acknowledge it.

    September 14, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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