Obama hails job growth, slams GOP in weekly address
May 3rd, 2014
03:36 PM ET
7 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. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @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..........."

    1. That's a lie; here's the truth (US News & World Report): "US economy slowed to 0.1 percent growth rate in Q1, weakest in year, reflecting harsh winter"

    2. From USA Today: "The Labor Department said unemployment insurance rolls fell 148,000 to 6.69 million in the week ended June 6, largest drop in more than seven years and a sign the jobs picture might be improving."

    You can keep: Your insurance company decides what policies to offer you, and if they are charging you more for a policy that meets minimum standards and/or changes which doctors and hospitals are in your network, then you've got a beef with your free-market capitalist insurance company, not the President.

    I'd like to add to the above that under GW Bush, my retirement savings lost half their value; under President Obama's economic policies, my retirement savings have recouped their value and more. The value of my house (which will be paid off in a couple years, 10 years ahead of schedule) has also rebounded.

    When I compare this to the tried-and-failed economic policies all the repub/tea bags propose, it's a no-brainer for me to keep voting Democratic.

    May 3, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @KarkQuick: President Obama has never said we're done; he recognizes it's a long haul to continue job growth and bring back manufacturing to our country.

    "I understand that the 806,000 were unemployed, but they previously WERE contributing to the nation's wealth as well as government revenue. "

    Something to consider: repub/tea bags want to end unemployment benefits and cut food stamps to people who immediately spend what they have for necessities like food, clothing and shelter. Why in the world would anyone want to eliminate these infusions of money into the private sector?

    Only a repub/tea bag, that's who, folks who are incapable of admitting their policies are failures and are so filled with hate towards President Obama that they don't care if they are harming our country.

    May 3, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Everything Obama has done in office has been to help the American people. and half of them hate him for it. The republicans crashed the economy, hurt the American people and a lot of the world, and stood staunchly in the way of a real recovery, and those same half that hate Obama love them for it. it's true, you can't fix stupid!

    May 3, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Stuffitu

    Did anyone ask him how many of these and all of the jobs he "created" are part time or temporary? Certainly, the liberally biased main srean media would not say anything about that.

    May 3, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Go Golden State !

    The GOP wouldn't rase the minimum wage .

    Why do the Republicans want the USA to resemble India ?

    May 3, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. nintex

    If President Obama eats a slice of apple pie on Thursday, he's not following a healthy diet. If he doesn't eat a slice of apple pie on Firday, he's un-American. He can't win for losing with the Republicans in Congress, and I for one wouldn't have had the patience he has shown to them during his Presidency. Democrats, we've got to get the House back in November so President Obama will finally have some support in his efforts to get this country moving on the right path again!

    May 3, 2014 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. McKInley Morganfield

    @Chris-E...al
    Yes mostly part time jobs . Unemploymet at near 20 percent . Just a ploy or a ruse stratagem trick . Gimmick .

    Chris, you are doing well! Your posts are almost based on the tenents of the English language. Keep up the good work!

    May 4, 2014 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  8. CryBabies

    Has anybody seen that idiot Gurgyl????

    May 4, 2014 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  9. anthony ta

    the idiots are still idiots. i dont know why u still think good economic when more than 800000 people drop out the workforce. what u r celebratingfor?

    May 4, 2014 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
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    May 4, 2014 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  11. @RI_Roger

    So few comments a day after the article shows how disengaged the American people are with this Presidents same old rhetoric. A true President would not be satisfied with marginal growth and would be calling people together to look for other ways to jumpstart more growth. This is a "lame" old Presidency in need of a jumpstart badly.

    May 4, 2014 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  12. Dianne in FL

    Agreed. The economy is growing Despite the republican game plan of sabotage and obstruction. A lot of people are leaving the work force because they can finally retire and still have insurance! I watched this happen to my brother in law. He worked until he on longer could, then couldn't get decent ins as it was tied to his job. By then he was in his 70s and every health issue he had was considered pre-existing. He died of cancer. That's what they're hoping for. The 1-percenters just want us to work ourselves to death, so we don't take anything away from their Golden Parachutes.

    May 4, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  13. Marie MD

    @to the faux news haters. You do realize that most of your comments are the exact talking points of the oxycodone radio boy and faux news?
    I think, I heard, they say, it's believed . . . . . all innuendos with absolutely NO actual facts?
    I am surprised that we are even standing as a country because all that McConnell and his teaklans have wanted from the day of the inauguration is for our twice elected President to fail and they have failed miserably because united we can defeat money by voting and making our voices heard.
    The obstruction in congress is the worst in the history of our country yet we still manage to have a President willing to stand above all the haters and try do as much as he can without the help of congress.
    Even the war criminal shrub #43 had the backing of the Democrats and if any president deserves to be in jail for war crimes "that be him".

    May 4, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  14. daviddavid

    73% of US Casualties in Afghanistan occurred Under Obama's watch.

    Obama has ordered seven times more drone strikes than Bush

    Federal debt held by the public has grown by 90 percent since Obama took office.

    May 4, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  15. daviddavid

    WOW the dems have controlled congress for 8 years and the dem sheep still blame the GOP hahahahahahahahaha
    NO JOBS from the dems just more social issues hahahahahahaha

    May 4, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    --crybabies are Republicans. They lose like worst than dogs in next election, know this truth. These idiots want to survive out of war-free money. Educate yourself, first, then compete in the world–know, world is changing.

    May 4, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. don in albuquerque

    daviddavid

    And how many jobs have GOTP given you? And they promised them. The only promise they kept....well, they did shut down the government. Cost-24 Billion. But that was okay with you. They have and continue to create conspiracy theories faster then any group before. Cost of undetermined number of investigations–millions (so far). Thats okay with you. Just this last week they voted more welfare (hundreds of billions) to corporations and the wealthy. Thats okay with you. If there is a LOSER on this page, that would be YOU.
    And thats okay with me.

    May 4, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. brownbuttonglutton

    Shellacking 2.0 then impeachment.

    May 4, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    There is nothing like 1 step forward and 2 steps back. In the Military that is called Advancing to the Rear. Clue: The near economic collapse was because of the Housing Bubble where everybody and his brother could get a mortgage with hot air, forced upon us by the Liberal Democrats, Congressman Barney Frank on Mass. and Chris Dodd of Conn. But if you tell a lie enough times it slowly becomes the truth. Kinda like, If you like your Health Plan, you can keep your Health Plan, period. Sorry. It was Liberal Policies, forced by democrats that sent the economy into a Tailspin. Nothing new here. The Liberals want to do great things, they just want to do it with other people's money. They are begging for companies to bring back that 2.1 Trillion Offshore so they can steal it for the Peasants. But, businesses ain't stupid, so dream on if you are a liberal, out of Aces.

    May 4, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. don in albuquerque

    Hector Slagg

    Please name three things of real note that republicans have accomplished in the last say fourteen years. Good things. That would exclude the longest war in history (unpaid, or even budgeted for), huge tax cuts for the wealthy during a time of war, or medicare part D (unpaid, or even planned for), I don't think you really want to go any further into what caused a near depression that Obama diverted. The only thing you are correct about would be "businesses ain't stupid" , they are taking this country to the cleaners faster then a down hill locomotive. You cannot be stupid and buy that many politicians.

    May 4, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Ddtgwt

    I wonder if the women White House staffers have all gotten raises so that they are getting equal pay to the male staffers. Typical of Obama to take a lie to divert attention from his poor performance.

    May 4, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Chris-E...al

    @ Hector you hit the nail on the head its nice to hear truth on here on occasion in the middle of all the pig slop !

    May 4, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Mike in Texas

    Hector,

    The housing bubble was not foced upon us by the Democrats. The first loans that went under originated between 2004-2006 when Republicans had control of Washington. In addition, Alan Greenspan an Ayn Rand disciple admitted in 2008 that he thought financial firms could regulate themselves (something Republicans think). Also blame rating agencies like standard and poors who slapped AAA ratings on risky mortgage backed securities as well as investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch who thought these would be great investments. Also blame Bush who ignored warnings from the head of the SEC and tried to block regulation. Bush's belief of deregulation trickled down to federal oversight agencies which eased off on banks and mortgage brokers.

    If mortgages weren't used as investments, the economic impact would not have been as severe. The problem was that our entire economy was reliant on the housing market and no one wanted to stop it even when people put up red flags. Bush's economic policy was garbage. Borrow borrow, borrow, cut taxes and increase spending. The housing boom was dumb luck for him in the beginning and his downfall in the end.

    May 4, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Harold Read

    Here is a fun game you can play at work, the President Obama game!
    1. Send an e-mail to everyone in your company that says all the company's problems are because of Bob, Charlie, and Mike

    2. Go to HR and tell them to post Bob, Chalie, and Mike's job and you will get people to pay for the new job posting.

    3. Blame Bob, Charlie, and Mike again.

    4. Blame Bob, Charlie, and Mike again.

    5. Blame Bob, Charlie, and Mike again.

    6. Call a meeting with Bob, Charlue, and Mike and just tell them they have to work with you or else.

    7. Blame Bob, Charlie, and Mike again.

    Community Organizer As President. Start playing on Monday!

    May 4, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Nathan Scott

    After reading the comments here, It proves more that Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    May 4, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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