Obama pledges to speed up road projects, add jobs
November 2nd, 2011
12:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama pledges to speed up road projects, add jobs

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued new orders aimed at speeding up transportation projects he says will put construction workers back on the job, using the opportunity to blast congressional Republicans who have blocked similar legislation.

Standing before the aging Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac River, Obama again criticized Republicans who have blocked the jobs bill he put forward in September, telling an audience of construction workers.

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  1. Lee

    Keep doing what you're doing Mr. President. Sign as many executive orders as you can if this is the only way to get people back to work and show them just how ridiculous and selfish the Republicans are by refusing to pass anything you have proposed. I have to believe that these stunts they are pulling will come back to haunt them in next year's election by throwing everyone of them out of office.
    The people are with you!

    November 2, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. the dogs of war

    Where was he the last two times his govt funded infrastructure plans crashe and burned?

    November 2, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    "How do we sit back and watch China and Europe build the best bridges and high-speed railroads and gleaming new airports, and we're doing nothing at a time when we've got more than a million unemployed construction workers who could build them right here in America right now?" Obama asked.
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    This is reckless talk. I would expect as much from Obama. So rather than managing our country based on our financial and economic situation ( $15 trillion and growing federal debt level, no longer top rated ), we should ignore that all and manage by playing keep up with China and Europe? It is not the federal government's job in America to insure 100% employment of construction workers. China federal government's, maybe, but soon China will be in as bad shape as Europe financially. We need a President who has the capability to manage, not copy.

    November 2, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    This is reckless talk. I would expect as much from Obama. .....
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    If were a neo-con, I would strongly agree with that. But since I have reality based outlook, I don't think truth is dangerous. I think who people who try to hide the truth for their own selfish benefit are what's really dangerous.

    You can ride the typical talking points all you want about how Obama has driven up the debt. He has been in office for almost 3 years. The FY2009 deficit belonged to Bush. The FY2010 deficit belonged to Obama. The FY2011 annual deficit is, as Boehner so eloquently put it, "98% of what I wanted. I'm satisfied."

    November 2, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. victor

    Accusing a person 20 some years after the so called sexual harassment is nothing but politics at its dirtiest.

    Attack person on his/hers polical views or plans is accetable and the way to go.

    November 2, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    10 moths over republican congress never focus on jobs

    Please people need jobs

    November 2, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. creole

    Fight Mr. president Fight against the DO NOTHING CONGRESS 2012 we will send them packing. And even the Den's that voted with them.

    November 2, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Independent Voters

    Thank president Obama use your power to bring jobs forget the republicans because we going to vote them out of the office

    November 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Wish Obama would have done this a long time ago but I'm 100% behind Obama doing this. The GOP has done nothing for the American people at this point. And no I am not a Dem but an Independent.

    November 2, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. PA_outofwork

    putting people back to work; novel idea for Obama given his latest accomplishment:
    FAILURE, Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in August 2011, as the number of recipients hit 45.8 million. Food stamp rolls have risen 8.1% in the past year.

    November 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Howard

    More empty, self-serving promises, from a corrupt politician, who will say, or do anything to get reelected !!!

    November 2, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy responded with:
    You can ride the typical talking points all you want about how Obama has driven up the debt. He has been in office for almost 3 years. The FY2009 deficit belonged to Bush. The FY2010 deficit belonged to Obama. The FY2011 annual deficit is, as Boehner so eloquently put it, "98% of what I wanted. I'm satisfied."
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    I absolutely love your succint, quantifiable eloquence Rudy.
    It doesn't shut them up, and often goes right over their little heads, but it is appreciated.

    November 2, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. texan

    Finally, he`s realized whatever`s done must be done without help from Congress. They`re already in election mode (as always).

    November 2, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keep it up Mr. President! Keep the pressure up! We've got your back!
    You told the fools that you were going to take your case directly to the American people, and that is exactly what you're doing, from sea to shining sea!!

    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    November 2, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama wrote:
    I absolutely love your succint, quantifiable eloquence Rudy.
    It doesn't shut them up, and often goes right over their little heads, but it is appreciated.
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    Thanks, but it seems to go over the head of just one somebody, in particular. BTW, it is not my goal to "shut them up." I strive to debunk the fiction with fact. If they wish to respond with more spin and false talking points, may God bless them. It sure doesn't make them look any better His eyes, that's for sure.

    November 2, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Abril Dolhman

    It is a shame that politicians prefer politics than the welfare of the people.....but after all, that shouldn't be a surprise they're not the ones unemployed.

    November 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. diridi

    say it, do it, and put things in execution...good luck. Obama2012

    November 2, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |