Obama: Time to change gears from Iraq to the economy
October 22nd, 2011
11:40 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama: Time to change gears from Iraq to the economy

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said the year’s end military withdraw from Iraq will allow the United States to better focus its resources on improving the economy.

“We have to tackle this challenge with the same urgency and unity that our troops brought to their fight,” said Obama in the White House weekly address on Saturday.

Obama announced Friday that virtually all of the 39,000 remaining troops in Iraq will return by December 31, making good on a 2008 campaign pledge to end the war.

Urging Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs plan, Obama said the American Jobs Act will help “rebuild the country,” including improvements to schools, roads and bridges.

“And that’s why I hope all of us can draw strength from the example of our men and women in uniform,” Obama said.

Senate Democrats and Republicans tried to push versions of the jobs bill on Thursday, but neither gained the 60 votes needed to bring their proposals to the floor.

Out of opposition to a .5% tax hike on those making $1 million or more, the Senate also blocked, in a 50-50 vote, a part of Obama’s plan that included $35 billion for teachers and first responders.

Republicans on Saturday also called for a jobs solution, continuing their argument against Obama’s plan and calling for less regulation and spending.

“This means listening to the American people and passing common-sense legislation that makes the rules that govern job-creating investments more predictable,” said North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in the GOP weekly address. “Businesses are not going to hire if they can’t anticipate what new tax or federal regulation is going to hit them next.”


Filed under: Iraq • Jobs • President Obama • Republicans • Richard Burr
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. FIELD1stSGT

    What an idiot this moron is. All he wsill accomplish is more American Soldiers and people's deaths. but this is what he and his hate filled wife desires, isn't it? IT IS TIME TO CHANGE FROM OBAMA TO THE ECONOMY THAT HE HAS AND STILL IS DESTROYING.

    October 22, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Voice of republican what so ever no credit for Obama

    Even Iraq wants us to leave we have to military base there
    Osama bin Laden , G.W.Bush get credit for that
    Anwar al-Awlaki, that was wrong killing American ,
    Moammar Gadhafi, NATO did that even though we almost own the NATO
    Still Castro regime, Hugo Chavez, Iran clerical leaders and Kim Jong of North Korea out there
    Nearly 400 000 thousand illegal immigrant were deported by this administration that is not enough.

    Obama was wrong from the beginning he thought he can work republicans that may cost 2012

    October 22, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Why is our president wearing a purple suit? Purple suits are fit for pimps, not presidents.

    October 22, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Who else is on Barrack's kill list? It's already a long one, and no doubt there are many many more to come, Americans or otherwise. He has the same "killing spree" play book as Bubba. Whenever Bubba took heat, like for cigar incidents, he diverted attention by starting a war in Bosnia, or hurling a few Tomahawks at an aspirin factory in the Sudan.

    October 22, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. midwestmoderate

    The GOP should follow their own advice and actually LISTEN to the American people for once and realize that a strong majority of Americans WANT the American Jobs Act passed AND have it payed for by increasing taxes on the rich...

    October 22, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    “Businesses are not going to hire if they can’t anticipate what new tax or federal regulation is going to hit them next.”

    There is a some truth to that statement. The uncertainty comes not from the regulations themselves, but from the uncertainty in the fact that laws have been passed by one party, and the other party has vowed to repeals them. The uncertainty arises from not being able to predict which party will win the next election.

    October 22, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Ted van Tol

    vic , nashville ,tn!

    Do you realy want to invade all the country's you named?
    There will be no dime left for building up your economy.
    II bet Palin is you great inspirator!

    October 22, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. an

    the most remarkable trend is thath government does not want to spend on job creation

    October 22, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. a in austin

    The majority of the American people want the jobs bill passed. With the party of no blocking the way on everything that would be good for the economy and jobs these obstructionists who are all about the next election would be happy to see the country continue to falter. The gotp are in it for the rich and not the 99%.

    October 22, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When the real war monger president sent over 4000 solders to their deaths in Iraq, and we suffered 32,000 wounded on Bush's folly, where was the right wingnut hate machine then?

    October 22, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Doug

    Totus, a second Obama term would give him the ability to act on his National Socialist dreams, and make no mistake about it, a majority of Democrat voters would love to see their conservative neighbors rounded up and placed in ovens.

    October 22, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. JP

    " passing common-sense legislation" was the 800 billion stimulus common sence or is stimulus 2 just another one of your dumb ideas that mostly goes to your union masters and then back to you as campaign contributions.

    October 22, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Doug

    Democrats want every American poor and government dependent except for the rich Democrat overlords like Soros and Kerry.

    Democrats don't want the super rich libs to be taxed, GE payed zero taxes, Democrats just want to hurt and take from the middle class and upper middle class. Democrats would love to take all the wealth and business of each and every small business owner, they hate nothing more than a self made man like Herman Cain, the fact that he is black makes it even worse.

    October 22, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The economy is not going to take off until the housing foreclosure problems are settled down. Gov. Romney suggested that the best path is to let the market run its' course. On this point, I agree with the governer. The housing market is resisting a necessary contraction and deflation in selling prices.

    The selling prices of housing over the past decade became totally disconnected to the actual value of the homes during the mortgage bubble. The selling prices of homes were being influenced by how much a bank was willing to lend, than what the home was actually worth. The higher the mortgage value, the more profit for the bank.

    We saw a few decades worth price increases over the span of just one decade. In many areas of the country, between 1996 and 2006, home prices increased 300% or more, which grossly outpaced inflation over the same time frame. During that same decade the practice of 'house flipping" became popular, which only contributed to the upward pressure on selling prices during the mortgage bubble.

    We find ourselves today with homes priced to high to sell, and homeowners with mortgages priced higher than the value of their homes. It will take a decade or more for inflation to catch up to today's home prices, which assumes that the average middle class income rises instead of continuing its' decades long decline. The housing market turned into stock market of sorts, where there are winners and losers, which is unfortunate for those on the short end. But the market must resolve itself, and housing prices must decline further before this particular crisis is resolved.

    October 22, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The economy was slowly recovering just fine before the Tea Party came to Congress, and Republicans began an apparent nation wide war against the middle class. The economy was contracting with a GDP estimated to have been between -5% and -9% the day Obama took the oath of office. It is a remarkable to raise GDP by 6-10%, into positive territory, despite the record number of Republican filibusters in the Senate. Obama haters can say what they want, but the annual deficit is still lower than the last year under GWB, despite the higher unemployment.

    October 22, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. commonSense in Fl

    Obama, stop trying to reason with these republican morons in congress. These traitors want nothing else other than the faillure of this country so they can blame the president. Obama2012

    October 22, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |