January 30th, 2014
04:03 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others pledge help for long-term jobless

Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

(CNN) – The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies, signing on to a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed.

"What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.

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  1. The REAL Truth...

    And here come the right wing haters... 3,...2,...1,...
    Just can't stand this POTUS making progress in spite of all their blockage and obstruction.

    January 30, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Has Walmart been good for the U.S. economy? What about Apple, by making so many products in China?

    January 30, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Something something Nazis blah blah dictator herpy derpy doo.

    January 30, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    (sarcasm alert) Having a discussion to get buy-in and cooperation for a better nation to get more people back to work. Clearly a dictator.

    January 30, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    from an earlier thread:

    Fair is Fair

    "Donna, where to start with you honey, sigh. Your one who posts ridiculous statements that contradict truth and logic, with a healthy dose of racism, nice. Your among the few that truth and logic simply don't exist. You must be a real hoot at parties. Let me guess, your the life of the party, doesn't say much about your parties. And I'd bet after a few your given a rather wide berth."

    "Get a job and leave the trailer park sometime."
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    These comments brought to you by the Big Tent Left, where we welcome all opinions that agree with our own. Otherwise, we'll just demean you.
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    With all due respect, Fair, the people being slammed, ( Donna and Just Saying) are part of the problem with the lack of civility you were talking about a week ago. They are not worth defending, and they are a perfect example of what is wrong with this country, brining out the worst in everybody.

    January 30, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. just me

    Now where are the teabaggers going to buy their fat guy jeans?

    January 30, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Donna

    WHOOAAA!!! HOLD THE PRESSES!!! After 5 years in office the clueless Obama realizes that businesses hire people!! And all this time he thought it was purely a government function.

    Of course, he wasn't busy talking to smaller businesses who actually employ far more people. They are too busy trying to keep their heads above the water that Obama gets dragging them deeper into with Obamacare and endless regulations and taxes, taxes, taxes.

    He must be threatening them with IRS audits if they don't start hiring people they don't need.

    January 30, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    The Ulta-libs like to bash Walmart.

    As recently as 2011, WalMart paid $4.6 billion to the U.S. federal government in Income Taxes and deferred paying an additional $1.4 billion. It also paid $743 million to state and local government. Taxes paid (not deferred) amount to about 19%. Data from 2013 shows Income tax expense: $7.98 billion. (BTW, that will make up for a lot of food stamps some of their workers get.)

    Exxon Mobil, our most profitable company, paid $1.5 billion to the U.S. federal government in 2011 and deferred paying an additional $1.6 billion. It paid the majority of its taxes to foreign governments where it operates ($28.8 billion). Taxes paid to the USA (not deferred) amount to about 2%.

    On average, the top ten businesses in the USA pay less than 10%.

    January 30, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    @The Real Tom Paine – With all due respect, Fair, the people being slammed, ( Donna and Just Saying) are part of the problem with the lack of civility you were talking about a week ago. They are not worth defending, and they are a perfect example of what is wrong with this country, brining out the worst in everybody.
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    Immediately followed by yet another pouting, clue less, not unexpected tirade from Donna... who doesn't appear to have noticed the HORRENDOUS RECESSION the last conservative POTUS left us, having doubled down on the National Debt, maxxed out the Federal Credit card, then handed it over to Obama. The GOP have since blocked, filibustered, whined, pointed fingers and done squat to help get us back on track.. Oh wait.. in all fairness they did offer us up some candidates like Perry, Romney, Aiken to help further their cause. That worked well didn't it.

    January 30, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    Why isn't he calling in all of his buddies at GE & GM and asking them why they continue to ship jobs overseas? Jeffrey Immelt, who Obama had on his joke of a (no)Jobs Council, was one of the biggest job out sourcers in the country at General Electric. And what about Microsoft and many of their foreign operations? And what about Warren Buffet?? What abpout all of his companies? Obama and the lefties just love to attack and smear while they are doing the very thing they criticize others for.

    January 30, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. love344

    Donna
    I think you are the one that is CLUELess... He has NEVER said get jobs is purely a government function.. but you hear what you want to

    January 30, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    WHOOAAA!!! HOLD THE PRESSES!!! After 5 years in office the clueless Obama realizes that businesses hire people!! And all this time he thought it was purely a government function.
    ---------–
    Well how would the GOP-Tea Party create jobs?
    "People ask me, 'What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?' Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator." —Sharron Angle, May 14, 2010

    January 30, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Sniffit
    Something something Nazis blah blah dictator herpy derpy doo.
    -–

    I'm sorry. I apologize. I've been drinking too much today. I gotta sober up so I can go out and get the monthly check out of the mailbox.

    January 30, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    @Tommy G –
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    Tommy, time to get educated because your response is exactly what Tom Paine was referencing. Ford was one of the companies involved.. most of Buffet's holdings are US-based (eg: BNSF, ITT).
    And if Obama approached MS or GE or GM (or any other company that didn't suit) you'd be whining about him twisting their arms – or some other ridiculous reason. Talk about " attack and smear while they are doing the very thing they criticize others for". Mirror, mirror.

    January 30, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    Donna's response alternatives:
    Obama talks to big business: Why isn't he talking to small business?
    Obama talks to small business: Why isn't he talking to big business?
    Obama picks a flower: Socialist!

    January 30, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. smith

    @Rudy-Suicide is sel inflicted intentional act and cannot be grouped with homicides or accidental shootings. Nice try trying to pump up the numbers.

    January 30, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "With all due respect, Fair, the people being slammed, ( Donna and Just Saying) are part of the problem with the lack of civility you were talking about a week ago. They are not worth defending, and they are a perfect example of what is wrong with this country, brining out the worst in everybody."
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    With all due respect, Tom, I think you have made my point. Civility is dead here. The natural reaction to ad hominem attacks are ad hominem attacks. Turns this forum into a cross between a 2nd grade playground and Pee Wee's playhouse. I'm not in the business of defending anyone... after all, I'm not their Mama. But I will point out bad behavior, on BOTH sides, when in my humble opinion such exposure is called for, in an evidently increasingly unlikely hope that it may help. It's doubtful.

    January 30, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    Sniffit
    Something something Nazis blah blah dictator herpy derpy doo.
    -–

    I'm sorry. I apologize. I've been drinking too much today. I gotta sober up so I can go out and get the monthly check out of the mailbox.
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    Case and point – an obviously fake Sniffit who clearly has too much time on their hands. Motivation unknown, yet failed nonetheless.

    January 30, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    OOOoooooohhhhhh.... Businesses going staright to the Man. Maybe getting tired of the service (ha,ha... that was a good one) they have been getting from the republicants. Pretty sad, after all that money they give them they won't even help them improve their bottom lines because they are afraid if a job is created the President will get credit.
    By the tone of their desparate posts on here today you can certainly tell the President is making strides... the pitch of their whines go up two-fold when Obama makes headway.
    Soon only dogs will hear them....

    January 30, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Ol' Yeller

    @smith

    "'@Rudy-Suicide is sel inflicted intentional act and cannot be grouped with homicides..."

    Uh... homicides would be intentional acts, too... so who is is reaching?

    January 30, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Bill from GA

    I can remember many years ago when the USA was LOOSING OVER 750,000 JOBS per month, and we got a new President (Barry). He immediately got a stimulus bill passed, and the job looses became smaller. Soon, we were adding jobs.

    Then, a Dark Day. The repubs got power. First they were able to filibuster the Senate. Then they got control of the House. Soon, economic progress slowed, oh maybe, to one or two hundred thousand jobs gained per month.

    What Can We Do??

    January 30, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Tony D

    smith
    @Rudy-Suicide is sel inflicted intentional act and cannot be grouped with homicides or accidental shootings. Nice try trying to pump up the numbers.
    -–

    You don't actually believe the numbers and lies that Rudy posts in here do you? He has been proven a liar too many times to be taken seriously or believed.

    January 30, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |