Obama hails job growth, slams GOP in weekly address
May 3rd, 2014
03:36 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama hails job growth, slams GOP in weekly address

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama welcomed the growth in employment in Friday's jobs report and took a shot at Republicans in Congress for their staunch opposition to his economic proposals.

In his weekly address, the President tried to link the economy's growth to his "Year of Action" initiative, his attempt to work around Republican opposition in Congress by signing executive actions to push forward his policies.


Among the actions Obama highlighted: raising wages for those working on federal contracts, efforts to strengthen equal-pay-for-women laws and changes to overtime pay regulation.

The economy could grow even more, he said, if he had the support of Congress to pass some of his proposals.

"They've said 'no' to raising the minimum wage, 'no' to equal pay for equal work and 'no' to restoring the unemployment insurance they let expire for more than 2 million Americans looking for a new job," he said.

He went on to take a jab at the GOP's continuous war against ObamaCare.

"They've now voted more than 50 times to take apart the Affordable Care Act - imagine if they voted 50 times on serious jobs bills."


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -now is the time to Raise Minimum Wage to 12/ an hour. Get rid off all these republicans in next election. Including idiots like Walter Jones, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham

    May 3, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. KarkQuick

    Childish politics.
    The jobs report says we now have 518000 FEWER people adding to the nation's income.... and Obama calls that good news.
    Nation's Income:
    NI = average_salary * number_working
    Jobs report:
    288,000 new jobs added, but 806,000 leave the work force....
    288000 – 806000 = -518,000 workers.
    YES....
    I understand that the 806,000 were unemployed, but they previously WERE contributing to the nation's wealth as well as government revenue. We added lots of new jobs/workers, but lost more potential workers than we added. To get back to where we were 8 years ago, we need to be GROWING the total number of people creating wealth, paying taxes, and otherwise contributing to the growth of the nation.
    LONG way to go, and the "progress" this month is better characterized as one step forward and 2 steps back!

    May 3, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. bill

    just two factors:
    1. zero growth the last quarter–zero
    2. 800,000 taken off the list - add this to the unemployment and it really stinks.
    but....YOU CAN KEEP...........

    May 3, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. HenryMiller

    "President Barack Obama welcomed the growth in employment in Friday's jobs report and took a shot at Republicans in Congress for their staunch opposition to his economic proposals."

    Gee, it's nice that Obama welcomed the growth in employment, considering that most of his economic policies and proposals have the net effect of stifling economic growth and making it more difficult for people to find jobs. To the extent the economy is recovering at all, it's in spite of Obama, not because of anything he's done.

    May 3, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Chris-E...al

    Yes mostly part time jobs . Unemploymet at near 20 percent . Just a ploy or a ruse stratagem trick . Gimmick .

    May 3, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    --zero growth? Really, so only stocks climbed to 16,600 points. So you don't believe the real version to 300,000 jobs added to 6.2 percent rate. Ha! You believe only Fox to hate this president. I don't know whether you believe to not this president is elected TWICE, I mean TWICE. GOP IS PRETTY MUCH GONE TO DOGS. TRUE.

    May 3, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. anthny76

    HenryMiller

    "Considering that most of his economic policies and proposals have the net effect of stifling economic growth and making it more difficult for people to find jobs. To the extent the economy is recovering at all, it's in spite of Obama, not because of anything he's done."

    Wait.. did you just write this... publicly... for others to read??
    Yet somehow you completely (and conveniently) left out any and all Republican obstructionism, the fact that Republicans have offered NO legislation on the JOBS-JOBS-JOBS they campaigned on in 2010, and the fact that when they weren't going crazy over social issues.. they were screaming "Benghazzziiiii"...

    So tell us.. which economic policies have stifled economic growth?
    Or would you like to return to the Bush/Republican reality of losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month?

    May 3, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. J Anthony

    Explain to us exactly which policy you think Obama has implemented all by himself that has hindered the economy. The president does not control the economy. The president can only pass laws that either help along or impede progress. Private bankers and speculators have had more control over the economy than any president in the last hundred years. So far, this president has allowed the expansion of corporate power to procede accordingly.. At the same time he has tried to sustain and initiate policy that ameliorates the struggles of the middle and lower-income working classes. But this has been met with unprecedented obstruction and sabotage from political opponents and business lobbies. No president goes to the mattresses against the powers-that-be without the people demanding he do so.

    May 3, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. rla

    Working class middle class - all he cares about is his voting class the low information voters who want their free stuff

    May 3, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Republicans created the worst recession since the Great Depression, voted against every bill that would get us out the great republican recession, and inspite of their efforts to destroy our economy, 5.4 million jobs have been created in the last 50 months. It is time for republicans to get off their butts and do something for Americans.

    May 3, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Republicans show us every day that they are the party of the brain dead.

    May 3, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Obama puffs about flipping burgers, and staffing spring garden centers, while the good jobs continue to disappear.

    May 3, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. The Clear Thinking Independent

    @KarkQuick . . . so I suppose you would rather not have the 288,000 jobs created then?

    Oh and let`s adjust your math about the nations income as it pertains to those retirees. They stopped earning a paycheck and started earning a PENSION CHECK, a Social Security check and a 401K dividend check . . . did your COMPREHENSIVE analysis [pun intended] take that into account? You proclaim 1 step forward and 2 steps back but that is hardly true and anyone with half a brain could dissect the partisan-based shortcomings in your post.

    The GOP has engaged in a 30 year assault against unions. This has lowered paychecks that fuel consumer spending; THE FUEL for our economy. Please tell me where in your 1step/2step analysis you accounted for this. Moreover the GOP refused to get a minimum wage hike through the House of Representatives. This drastically reduces your "National Income" metric leaving INFlATED profits in corporate hands [instead of money spending consumer hands] and these corporate profits ESCAPE income taxes via lobbyists loopholes so the US Treasury gets less income and our Budget DEFICIT is correspondingly higher. Where did you include those impact in your "National Income" analysis?
    I know a few Democrats that went to b-school and can read a P&L, Balance Sheet and Statement of Cashflows. Its time for Republicans to stop thinking they can manipulate financials and Democrats won`t expose the holes in their claims.

    May 3, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Gunderson

    UM,
    What economic proposals? Oh, old Gunderson forget. Shovel Ready Jobs, no? Probably lot more where that came from.

    May 3, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Harold Read

    Wow! Has Obama become that disconnected from reality?

    The unemployment rate dropped because people quit looking for employment. That is a victory?!

    US growth at 0.1% for Q1. This is a victory?

    China will over take the US economy by years end. This is a victory?!

    Why do we have the highest food stamp participation in decades, if the economy is going so we?

    May 3, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    -tell you the truth, I don't give darn hoot at Benghazi–it is not USA. Just learn. Don't watch fox excrete.

    May 3, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    It is so funny to watch (and read) these right wingers trying to justify themselves. They're simple (and sadly only) answer is -"Uhhh. Obama very bad, we very good. He lie, He lie. He socialist, he communist, he antichrist". All this from the GOTP who have for six years given you absolutely nothing except party created conspiracies, costing millions to investigate only to find out the issue originated with them.

    May 3, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Chelsea Marsden

    Obama does a job report and reports growth in employment. Obama has many great economic proposals he wants to incorporate but the Republicans will not pass any of them. How do they expect the country to improve? The president must work around the Republicans to see any progress in the country. Republican Congress work so hard to oppose the Affordable Care Act, raising minimum wage, and equal pay for equal work. If Obama had the support of the Congress behind him the country could start to major change.

    May 3, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    Henry Miller
    Please state which of the President's economic policies have hindered the economy. Earlier you said his policies have slowed down the recovery. Which policies would those be. Grabbing at straws? Much.

    May 3, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. don in albuquerque

    Chris-E

    Is it in some alternate universe that our unemployment is 20% or is that just something that you made up. If not....prove it.

    May 3, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Chuck

    What a Joker

    Cant be a man and accept your many failures you have to push it off on the Other Guys

    May 3, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. RomneyWho

    The opposing forces are totally out of their minds! Always blaming this president for things that are apparently out of his hands and control . . . Resting absolutely and with out a doubt on congress shoulders! Period. "We The People" :(

    May 3, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. steve696

    Is this thing supposed to be news? The President does the same thing every week. He slams Republicans, blames Bush, and lies about jobs. What's new?

    May 3, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    To my progressive friends on here... Don't bother responding to the GOP posters. They are in an alternate reality. Plus, they can't even write a complete, intelligent sentence.

    May 3, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Our economy is gradually getting stronger – just think what we could accomplish as a nation if the obstructionist gop/tea bags were sent packing on November 4, 2014?

    Seriously, think what we could do – and then get yourself to the polls on November 4, 2014 and vote Democratic!

    May 3, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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