December 6th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama outlines initiative to create 2.5 million jobs

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The chief executives of ailing automakers GM, Chrysler and Ford testify before Congress on Friday."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday outlined some of his plan to create 2.5 million jobs by 2011, and said he will push for immediate action by Congress when he takes office in January.

Obama wants to make public buildings more energy-efficient, repair roads and bridges, modernize schools, increase broadband access and ensure that health care professionals have access to the latest technology.

Watch how bad roads lead to good jobs

"Our government now pays the highest energy bill in the world," he said in the weekly Democratic radio address.

"We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs. That won't just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year. It will put people back to work."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy
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  1. FreeNLovIt

    To Jim,

    Donkeys as pinatas? No. If we do not succeed. In 2012, as a nation, we will be a PINATAS for all to push and drag down. OUr blood flows together like a river.

    December 6, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. David

    With a half-million job losses in November alone, and likely much more
    on the way, I hope that some version of a WPA will be coming. We have
    to remember that the current unemployment statistics don't include an
    enormous number of part-time workers or those who've "given up"
    searching for work.

    And to the fools like "Jim" – it would please me no end if we could offer
    you a country of your own, with all your like-minded counterparts. As long
    as the rest of us could build a truly impenetrable wall so you couldn't get
    back, I'd be ecstatic. What damage you and your demented President
    have done...

    December 6, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Kenny

    Wow.....conservatives are shooting this down for not good reason. I'm conservative, voted McCain but u don't need to attack everything obama does. If done CORRECTLY, this could be a step towards a more efficient future, but a very small step. He needs to make a bigger, more broader plan this will see results instantly, then we can work on all that other 'good stuff'

    December 6, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. MLH

    One of those new jobs should be as his speechwriter.

    December 6, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists, a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians…yep, change you can believe in.

    December 6, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Ernie

    They can say that they will only take a $1.00 salary now but when they get the billions in bailout $ they can sneek out what they want. Do you really think that their wives are going to allow them to give up their big salary. Pleease. They will not loose.

    December 6, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Wisest one of All

    Wrong Dennis. Nothing worked for Roosevelt. We were still in a depression with double digit unemployment until after the U. S. entered World War II. FDR prolonged and worsened the depression. His stupid policies kept business from expanding and creating real jobs so that the U. S. government could provide "make work" jobs such as planting trees...of course after taking a large chunk of that money to create a government agency.

    FDR "helping" the U. S. has been exposed as a fraud for decades.

    December 6, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Liberal

    Hey JIM....
    You belittled Brack's urge to keep our tires inflated too...until it proved that he was correct....

    Obama displays exactly the kind of forward thinking we need in these dark times.

    This is the most productive planning any US President Elect has done since 1932. Those of you (JIM) who have every intention of trashing Obama for the next 4 years (probably 8) might want to wait for a few months until you see whether his solutions have any impact or not.

    Gone are the days of blind affirmation (you're doin' a heckuva job Brownie!...) Here are the days of serious problem solving. People like you JIM are sidelined...marginialized...out of the picture,,,,,

    December 6, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Ernie

    Obama talks very childish about energy solutions. Airing up your tires for better gas mileage and changing light bulbs in Federal buildings. He said it will save BILLIONS of dollars each year and put people back to work?? And just how many YEARS do you think it will take to show any results?

    December 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. Ernie

    Never trust a man who wears a suit to work. His goal for the day is to make someone else's life hell just beause he can.

    December 6, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. alvino

    Hey Jim!
    Glad you care more about the future of the Saxby and Sarah Party than working to fix the economic mess your idols created. 'America First' was just another Republican lie and we can be thankful the voters knew better that to buy your crap.

    December 6, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Krystal

    honesty, it sounds like a good plan! you say, "change a lightbulb?!? wow, that's stupid!" but you have to realize that it all does add up! just think about how most people pile on debt... it's not from buying 14 cars and 3 houses, but rather one car, one house, furnature, odds and ends, and pretty soon you've nickled and dimed yourself into a whole much bigger than anticipated. so why not use the reverse to try and get out of it? cut back where you can, " buy generic".... those same principles apply here as well. one lightbulb may not be significant, but 100 million will be. And as someone who operates a family heating and a/c business, i can tell you that it is a fact that updating heating and a/c equipment will save you a substantial amount, not to mention the safety issues!

    besides, if you think it's a stupid idea, then i'm waiting to hear your wonderful plan!!

    December 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Larry

    Obama going back in time and will try and redo "THE NEW DEAL" ?? Just because it was done in the 1930's doesn't mean it will be a good idea now,it was different then,and now economist ,having studied FDR's programs think it dragged out ,and slowed down,the recovery.Government needs to quit getting involved in the economy and govern the government.

    December 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. Greg

    Isnt it ironic that the biggesst jump in unemployment comes directly after our newly elected President threatens higher taxes for the acheivers in life during the whole campaign. Lets see, hmmmm,the president says I am going to be paying higher taxes in the future. I think I will get rid of a few employees to offset my tax increase. I will make fewer do more so I can keep my standard of living where it currently is. Taxes will go up in 2010 because thats when the Bush tax cuts expire. Lets see, 1 Obama threat of bad policy and it has already affected employment negatively.

    December 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Tim in Wa.


    December 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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