Obama challenges GOP: Time to 'meet the moment'
October 6th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama challenges GOP: Time to 'meet the moment'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama sent a tough message to Republicans on Thursday, ahead of an expected Senate battle over his $447 billion jobs bill.

"As we look towards next week, any senator out there who's thinking about voting against this jobs bill when it comes up for a vote needs to explain exactly why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation at such an urgent time for our families and for our businesses," Obama said at a news conference.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Only the liberal media care. CNN cares, but the people have stopped caring about Obama's speeches.

    October 6, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. PA_outofwork

    Another speech from the teleprompter president SO WHAT. The teleprompter president and the entire Democratic Party are in trouble with the voters, the Democrats put us in this mess and there will be no second chance for Democratic Party in Congress. If the Democratic Party continues to support Obama and not run another candidate; you will see the Democrats get massacred in the 2012 election. There won’t be enough Democrats left to call it a party.

    October 6, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. m

    Mr. President it is time for tough love. Insofar as the Republican party's true position regarding jobs and the state of the economy, their goal of absolute power and profit has corrupted them to the core. This can be substantiated by now acknowledging that they now sincerely believe their own propaganda to the eventual and continual erosion and utter destruction of the middle class.

    October 6, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. gt dominique, jr

    Give them hell Mr President!

    October 6, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. pjoe

    How about a real jobs proposal this time?

    October 6, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. josh rogen

    hmmm..lets see he'll point to the government organized protest on wall street as a call for action on his latest tax..er..a...jobs bill which if passed will funnel billions into the hands of unions which in turn will funnel millions back to his re-election campaign.

    October 6, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Carmen

    I certainly hope he has an answer to why the Congress has not follow thru with his "Jobs Bill". The 99 per cent protestors should camp out in front of the Capitol.

    October 6, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. skip reynolds

    oh no, more lies are coming

    October 6, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. DA

    I really hope he is about to shine a light (a big one at that) on Congress inability to pass the jobs act bill he sent weeks ago!! The Amnerican people are not interested in hearing from Congress that they are going to pass some laws that will not take place until 2013 or something. The People want Congress to inact laws ASAP that will help the people NOW!!

    October 6, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. heyward

    Not again !!! Aren't we all sick of his speeches and "press conferences". We have heard it all before, and nothing ever changes. "Failed Presidency"?

    October 6, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. ALEX

    I don't think it's fair that President Obama hasn't been getting a fair chance as our Leader. He's trying to fix a problem that was left by our former president. I won't mention any names.

    October 6, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Mitt Who ?

    How about the News Conference where you tell us you accepted the Attorney Generals resination this morning.

    October 6, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Stop the Charade

    Mr. President, at least get your own party on board and push this for a vote so that America can determine who are the real "job killers".

    October 6, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. 46th Pres

    If this great tax hike to the rich is needed then why wait until 2013 for it to take effect? Oh right, its an election year and Obama doesnt want tto raise taxes on the rich, it might get someone else elected. This is nothing more than another Obama campaign speech.
    Soon we will have a President that actually works rather than campaigns.

    October 6, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Russ from Md

    What's breaking about that? It’s almost a daily occurrence. I would hate to be this guts speech writer. He must never get a time to eat, sleep, or even go to the bathroom. Just write the speeches that either says "It's Bushes fault" or "Raise the taxes" or "We need to spend to save jobs". You know now that I think of it, all the speech writer has to do is write one speech, move the sentences around on and presto, another Obama speech. That was easy.

    October 6, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. retrostar1000

    Obama for four more years! See you at the polls. Go Obama!

    October 6, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. cooldaddy1

    Great more HATE speach

    October 6, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. FauxNewz

    Get ready for more middle class make-work.

    October 6, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. blah blah blah

    Lately every time the president speaks the stock market drops two hundred points. Please, Mr. President stay in the oval office and don't come out until your term is up. I'm sure you have another Noble Peace Prize to win for waging war. Or perhaps you can come up with a new way to blame the 51 ppercent of who actualy pay income tax for not paying enough. Why not have everybody pay something. He talks about fairness and equality but delivers class warfare.

    October 6, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Phil

    The presdent needs to quick trying sell his job act. Its not going to work.

    October 6, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. about time

    Obama has been all over the jobs issue of late. Why did it take 2 1/2 years for him to get behind this? If he had focused on this from the begining many of us would already be back to work. Healthcare doesn't pay the mortgage, keep the lights on, or feed the kids.

    October 6, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Before conservatives come out and criticize this bill, you need to have a *proven* policy plan of your own. Tax cuts and deregulation got us into this mess, and has in fact kept us in a slow economy. I can say that because the same Bush policies are unfortunately still in place. Republicans have made sure that there have *no* significant changes from Bush administration economic policy.

    October 6, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. skip reynolds

    we see you bho

    October 6, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Lukw

    Why doesn't he do this on primetime when everyone is watching? If he's calling out congress to vote, people should watch him TRY to do something to boost the economy. People should be able to watch obstructionists say "naaa, no vote."
    If you don't like the bill, then vote NO. But to not even bring it to the floor because you are of a different party...is just plain ignorant. It is congress' duty to vote yes and no on things they like or dislike. But this road-block stubborness from leaders in the House is making them look small.... small and sad.

    October 6, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. MTATL

    I hope he asks the Republican Congressional leadership and their extremist allies. What have you done to improve the country? What are your actual and tangible accomplishments that helped to move the economy forward? Those are questions that I would like to know the answer to. Hearing the GOP's BS comments "The President did do that". "President Obama did that" fine, fine Republicans he did or didn't do that. What in the heck have you done? How have you improved anything?

    October 6, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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