September 7th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama calls jobs report 'not good enough'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called the last month's jobs report, which showed weak growth and over 350,000 people dropping out of the workforce, "not good enough" at a rally on Friday, meanwhile mocking Republicans' tax proposals and asking for another four years to accomplish his proposals.

The unemployment rate fell in August from 8.3% to 8.1%, according to the Labor Department report issued Friday, but that slip was fueled by 368,000 people dropping out of the workforce.

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The 96,000 jobs added is far below the generally accepted 150,000 needed to simply keep up with population growth, and Obama said that "there is a lot more that we can do."

"We need to create more jobs faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession faster. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in," Obama told voters in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

"When Congress gets back to town next week," he continued, "you need to send them a message: go ahead and give middle class families and small businesses the confidence of knowing that their taxes, your taxes will not go up next year."

The president traveled to the battleground state in the wake of his party's nominating convention, which concluded Thursday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. GOP challenger Mitt Romney is to campaign in the Granite State Friday evening.

Romney's running mate, meanwhile, held a rally in Nevada, a battleground state where the unemployment rate is 12%. Rep. Paul Ryan said at the steamy outdoor event at a Peterbilt Motors Company dealership in Sparks, Nevada the president is "good at giving great speeches, he's just really bad at creating jobs."

"You know we learned today for that every person that got a job, nearly four people stopped looking for a job," the Wisconsin lawmaker said, comparing the 96,000 new jobs and 368,000 people who dropped from the workforce. " They gave up. We can't keep doing this," the Wisconsin lawmaker said

He added, "Friends, this is not an economic recovery, this is nowhere close to an economic recovery. We need a new president and we need a real economic recovery."

Obama told supporters Friday "I need four more years" to accomplish a set of goals he laid out in his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

"New Hampshire, I need you to help me recruit a hundred thousand math and science teachers and improve early childhood education and give two million workers the skills they need at community colleges," he said.

He also called for deficit reduction, doubling exports in the next two years, and halving imports of oil in the next 8 years in his Thursday evening remarks.

Speaking to reporters in Iowa before Obama's event, Romney said Obama "has been unable to deliver on virtually any of the promises he made when he ran for office four years ago.

"The idea that the American people are going to accept the same promises again would be one that I think would be flying in the face of America's ability to understand what's in their best interest," he said.

Obama has previously blasted Republicans - and they have criticized him - for the standoff over an extension of Bush-era tax breaks which is to expire at the end of this year, absent Congressional action. Obama and many Democrats favor extending the break on income below a certain threshold - Obama has advocated for $250,000 - while Republicans generally favor extending the break on all levels of income.

The three-day convention had its share of criticism Romney and the Republicans, and on the trail Friday, Obama blasted the GOP for offering "the same prescriptions that they've had for the last 30 years."

"Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations and, oh, more tax cuts," Obama said. "Tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad, tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds.

"Tax cuts to improve your love life," he continued. "It'll cure anything, according to them."

New Hampshire is one of the nine toss-up states on the CNN Electoral Map. Obama won the state and its four electoral votes by nine percentage points in the 2008 election.

– CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    "not good enough"

    It was good enough to show the American people you need a Congress willing to compromise and work WITH you instead of against you, and I intend to help start that job search in November.

    September 7, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. jaimie

    Romneyhood ........... Give to the Rich take from the poor

    September 7, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan .......... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    September 7, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Maybe not good enough but as soon as those people, oops, I mean cororations realize that the twit and the lying altar boy are not going to win in November I think things will get better.

    September 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Ready

    Not good enough?? He's wrong about that too, it's pathetic!!

    September 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Romney said Obama "has been unable to deliver on virtually any of the promises he made when he ran for office four years ago.

    Really and just what have you done to help? Anything?
    I'm so sick and tired of his quest to bring this president down and yet, not one plan from him to show us what he intends to do to make things better. He is far too old to act as childish as he does and get away with it. When will the American people hold him accountable and ask some real questions?

    September 7, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. bb

    Job report not good enough ??? u think???? face it the only one u can point and blame is yourself Oblunder. Its okay your inept we forgive u, just get out b-4 u do any more damage !!!!!

    September 7, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. myviewis

    This comment doesn't make sense because Obama's tax increase on those making $250,000 or more will hit most small business owners (small businesses) and we are job creators. Obama is the one raising taxes on us small businesses.

    "When Congress gets back to town next week," he continued, "you need to send them a message: go ahead and give middle class families and small businesses the confidence of knowing that their taxes, your taxes will not go up next year."

    September 7, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. W.

    From the interviews I have seen of the unemployed, most (although certainly not all) could not do a job if it requires anything of manual effort, or apart from using a keyboard. Nobody considers relocating or adjusting their lifestyles. By the looks of the people, they seem to be doing considerably better than I am, and I am poor and paralyzed. I would not hire most of those I have seen. We need real job training, not a maternal hand-holding, iPod career. America has become a lame description of a strong self-determined population. No wonder diabetes is a drug company's dream. The most popular hand held device I have seen advertised is a blood sugar monitor; soon to be on iPod. Go figure. Take the hint.

    September 7, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. The Facts Do Matter

    I don't get it. CNN is still calling Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee and are now reporting the jobless rate has dropped to 8.2%.

    I want an explanation, please. What has happened to factual reporting at CNN?

    September 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Marty, FL

    Clinton was right that no president could fix everything in just 4 years.

    America is at least heading in a positive jobs direction with more work still to be done for our fellow citizens.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 7, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. UDidntBuildThat

    "No president, not me, or any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage in just four years"-Bill Clinton .
    "I did it" – Ronald Reagan.
    How nice of u CNN not to fact check Clinton or Obama speeches. Reagan inherited much worse than Obama and turned things around in 3yrs!
    U you should CNN when Bill Clinton starts putting his finger up at the American people, he is lying to us again!

    September 7, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. FedUp

    So, Mr. Obama, exactly what are your new plans? You can't use the same ones you used in 2008. They didn't work. Come to think of it, neither did you. You were too busy partying and travelling to provide any leadership. So,,,give me a good reason to vote for you again. Please????

    September 7, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. gt

    not good enough....yea think....

    September 7, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. bb

    Oblameo even said himself in HIS speech I HAVE FAILED i have to agree with that one

    September 7, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    Why is this Obama's fault? He had a plan for job-creation that made sense, and the Tea Party Republicans never even looked at it, much less voted on it.

    September 7, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. California

    Obama, you'll never have enought time because the bottom line is YOU CAN'T FIX IT AT ALL.

    September 7, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. FLIndependent

    @UDidn't – You have to be kidding in stating that Reagan inherited much worse than Obama. Did Reagan inherit an economy in virtual freefall, did he inherit two wars not put on the books, did he inherit a housing crisis? You people either have very selective memory or have been brainwashed into thinking Reagan was an absolute hero. Don't forget that he RAISED taxes several times because he knew that revenue was needed as well as spending cuts. I honestly don't think you realize how dire our situation was at the end of '08 and we should thank God everyday that we elected the man who saved us from another Great Depression.

    September 7, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice to know that Obama is as disappointed with this as the rest of the country.

    @Woman in California - you are correct in the sense that nothing new can buit when the Congress refuses to think about the future and invest in it.

    @UDidntBuildThat & FedUp - Did he have any cooperation from the Republican controlled House? It really doesn't look like it. As for Reagan, he didn't have the level of collapse. Just about every analysis belives that this is the worst since the great depresssion. Reagan wasn't president then; that was Hoover and then FDR who brought this country out with the New Deal.

    September 7, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Luke Brown

    For the 96,000 Americans who found work in August, this is a great economic report. Unemployment dropped to 8.1% even better

    Only the news media, the Tea Party, and FOX News could turn this into something bad. George W Bush would have loved a report like this.

    September 7, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. California

    Your so called jobs resolution was/is a friggin joke Obama.

    September 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Ready

    Obama had a Dem congress and senate his first two years, the blame game is a cover for failure!!

    September 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. bobmike81

    Why would anybody vote for Obama again??

    September 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. DefendComSen

    Obama calls jobs report 'not good enough to save my job' – Film at 11

    September 7, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. rob

    Last night the anchors at CNN were touting the ADP report that counts a different measure of the job picture. That report was about 200000 jobs and they were salivating about the possivble GREAT NEWS about jobs....LOL. How deflated they must have been in the CNN newsroom this morning.

    Perfect ending to a perfectly inept convention. Even the Pervert in Chief won't save the Dems this time.

    Nov. 6th can't come fast enough....Romney/Ryan 2012

    September 7, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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