December 6th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
14 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. bob

    The picture doesn't match the story....

    December 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Obama is the man with the plan!!

    December 6, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    Let's see how Obama intends to implement his grandiose fantasy life.

    December 6, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Buckeye

    75 years after the last New Deal following a Raw Deal, we have history repeating itself. Maybe.

    December 6, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Dr. Stoner

    I hope they do give the bridge loan to the big 3 with cavets like no new factories in china etc. I think it would be really stupid looking if the President showes up in a toyota limo don't you all think.
    Think about it.

    December 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    How many workers does it take to screw in an energy efficient light bulb?
    Under Obama's plan 2.5 million.

    December 6, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Garfield

    Finally a President who has a concrete plan of action rather than just lying to the people in order to go to war and saying stupid phrases like

    Bring it on or Wanted Dead or Alive.

    Finally the USA has smartened up and chosen a leader who is a real leader and not just a dunce!

    December 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Dave

    Well, I just hope we don't award contracts to the lowest bidder who employ cheap illegal labor, of course in the Obama administration I doubt this will be a priority...

    If the govt. wants ti hire people on taxpayer dollars they can at least make sure they are US citizens....

    December 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Sureness

    Corporate America should know that by sending jobs outside the USA they are weakening the pourchasing power of the americans...Therefore weakening their own businesses. This is a cycle. The only way they can make this economy good again is to conscienciously bring back the jobs to the americans and give them the buying power to make the economy running again.

    December 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Jose Gomez---Create this....

    Pres. elect Obama-where's you illegal immigrant aunt hiding? She's not only illegal but has lived in Public Housing at taxpayer expense.

    This is an insult to legal immigrants like myself who cannot get Public Housing. Send her back to Kenya as the judge ordered 4 years ago.

    December 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    The jobs stimulus plan is just what America needs. The big question is whether or not the free market, balanced budget, small government, and trickled down ideologues in Congress will succeed in blocking it.

    December 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Frank

    Hey, with all of the money Obama and his campaign has and raised, many of it unaccounted for, why doesnt he just hire these people himself? For goodness I read the spent $130M in the final days of the campaing for google ads, Obama tattos, and to hire old time rock and rollers!

    Wow, here is our savior!

    He is an illusion and a joke, another Carter

    December 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Another increase in service jobs not manufacturing jobs which are better paying. As far as highway construction goes at most raod work I have seen the last few years the only Americans I have seen are sitting thier butts on the heavy equipment. The flags brooms and shovels operators are speaking spanish. Ameica lost over 500,000 jobs in Nov. but we brought in 140,000 legal immigrants and no one knows how many illegal immigrants!

    December 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Pepou

    Bravo President Obama ! I am so glad I campaigned and voted for him. Too bad we will have to wait until Jan 20 and still have that living dead Bush.

    December 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. who cares ~ coldwar vet

    Everytime I look at images of these "suits" the more disgusted I get. These multi-millionaire CEOs have no clue how to run a business, or they just don't care. Why should these greedy CEOs lead the US auto-industry in making cars that people want to buy? Answer, they have made multi-millions of dollars and didn't have to! Until they get a salary they deserve–which is a fraction of what they get now–they'll never lead Detroit to make any product worthy of the name "made in USA."

    If they were truly proud Americans they wouldn't outsource our jobs overseas. So, until they guarantee all this bailout money is spent in America and for the American worker, give them nothing! I don't want to here about "the global economy" as an excuse for Americans to lose their jobs. It's untrue and a lot of bull. Only greedy people interested in a maximum profit would try to sell that line to the American people.

    Even if The Big Three go under, these overpaid CEOs will have already made enough money to live comfortably for the rest of their greedy little lives! Think about it America.

    "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." JFK

    December 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Larry

    Obama going back in time and will try and redue "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 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Suzi

    This is the kind of positive, efficient action that we need where the people of this country benefit, not just pork barrel projects pouring money into a state so that a senator or representative can get reelected. This goes well with Obama's plan to go over the budget item by item to use money that is being wasted to fund his new initiatives. I'm more impressed by Obama than ever.

    December 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. C W

    All great ways to spend money by investing in our country's infrastructure. We must also invest in proper and stringent oversight of how and where these monies are spent. No more "no bid" contracts, old-boys' network and, in general, corruption of the public's trust (not to mention fleecing the public).

    I recently heard that $150 Billion of the bank bailout has been given away that the Treasury can't account for .... this has got to end! Fund the Justice Department properly and let's get our money back!

    December 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. the kid

    dream on big boy

    December 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Dayahka

    Now that free market Capitalism (Ayn Rand, Greenspan,Reagan) has been shown to lead to disaster, the Republic will now turn to Keynes in a effort to get spending and consumption going–by creating public works. There are three unfortunate features of this approach. One is that if it works it will simply usher in another period of growth followed by yet another recession (and maybe depression). Two is that it fails to address one fundamental feature of Capitalism, which is that it turns public resources and rights into commodities. And three, it does nothing about maldistribution, which is the principal cause of poverty. Furthermore, rebuilding schools in an age when centralized school systems (and buses) will be dying because of oil (energy) depletion and the growth of more localized school systems, is simply trying to return to business as usual. Making Federal buildings more energy efficient may have some benefits, though tearing down many of those buildings might be better. Maintaining roads and bridges in a age when public transit and train systems should be developed is probably a waste of time and money in the long run–though they make work in the short run.

    December 6, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Jim

    That’s Obama’s plan?

    To change light bulbs?

    You have got to be kidding me.

    The campaign clock for 2012 has already started ticking. The tougher it gets for him and the more the republicans can slow him down, the better the chances for a Republican president in 4 years. After eight years we will have the Democrats acting as the Piñatas. Now that’s the type of change I will enjoy…

    December 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. yellow dog democrat

    hopefully all pans out – Federal Government has been pushing for greener operations and buying green – if this is to improve on that – great! Need to be sure funds are spent right – no gimmicks??

    December 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Mark

    nobama, the king of pork barrel politics is gonna fix the system?? you're hallucinating. forget all our big problems, just replace the light bulbs in the white house and everything will be better....or we'll all FEEL better because we are able to bask in the glow of The One and his sage advice.

    December 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Democrat to the bone missed the whole point........

    December 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Tim

    So is it create 2.5 million jobs, save 2.5 million jobs, think about 2.5 million jobs, or hope for 2.5 million jobs?

    And when he brings everyone home from Iraq, they are going straight to the unemployment lines.

    December 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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