March 6th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama's jobs plan: 25 down. 3,499,975 to go

[cnn-photo-caption image=
caption="Obama heads to Ohio today."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama headed to Columbus, Ohio on Friday to attend a graduation ceremony for 25 police cadets.

Obama has repeatedly pledged to save or create 3.5 million jobs with his economic stimulus plan. The soon-to-be graduates of the Columbus Division of Police were recently told they would be laid off due to budget cuts in the city - but the mayor of the city announced that with money from the economic stimulus package, the jobs would be safe through at least the end of the year, and the White House says those jobs were saved because of the president's economic stimulus plan.

The presidential visit comes on the heels of the February jobs report, which reported 651,000 jobs had been lost. The unemployment rate now stands at 8.1 percent, its highest level since December 1983.

The president and Attorney General Eric Holder are expected to speak to the graduation class mid-day Friday.

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  1. demwit

    It doesn;t matter that I lost my job. I love Obama, he can do no wrong...

    March 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Yinka

    CNN either you like it or not this president will be sucessful, it might be 25 jobs created that at least that is a not zero number so chill out, we will come out of this stronger, by GOD willing.

    March 6, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. njborne


    March 6, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. demwit

    3.5 million
    + 651,000
    4.15 million
    – 25

    Way to go Obama!!

    March 6, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Joe in NJ

    Does Obama really need to attend the ceremony? How much is this trip costing tax payers?

    March 6, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Lu

    With regard to the earmarks in the stimulus bill, just as we had the right to vote for our president, we also have the right to contact our local constituents and tell them we do not approve of this spending.

    It is the right of Congress to include these earmarks, so instead of writing angry notes here, call your congressman and tell them you disapprove. Just make sure those "pet projects" aren't something that is going to make life in your community better!

    March 6, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |


    At this rate he's going saving jobs, by the time his 4-year term is over,
    he'll have saved about 600 jobs!

    That works out to costing us about $200 million per job.

    And obviously, there will not be a second term...

    March 6, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Mike

    obamby has already cost us more jobs than anyone except for jimmy carter.

    March 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Safe just through the end of the year? We need something more permanent than that!

    March 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Wow

    At that rate we'll have "saved or created" 3,499,975 jobs in about 400 years. Way to go, Obama!

    March 6, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Pee Wee

    Yep, one segment of employment that will go up, GOVERNMENT jobs.

    I'd expect an increase in law enforcement jobs since so many more Americans will be out of work that they'll probably have to resort to stealing food.

    Nice outlook for these guys too, their jobs will be "safe" through at least the end of the year. Yee-haw!

    They claim this jobs program is so strong, but he's having enough trouble trying to fill out the cabinet....I wonder why?

    March 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Deborah

    25 Jobs for one City only cost us all are Wealth and prospects for the future!


    Have you looked at how much the Stock Market has tanked, at How many Folks that HAD a Job no longer do?

    We can't afford this Upside down approach!

    March 6, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. The Truth

    What a moron President Pinocchio is. His policies are going to create or "save" 3.5 million jobs. That may(and probably will) fool the democrats but it doesn't fool any intelligent people. How do you measure how many jobs it "saved". Heck, he could say he's done that already by throwing billions of dollars at his bailouts. Ok, he temporarily "saved" a few jobs at a cost of millions per job.

    Save the country. Impeach Obama.

    March 6, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. MAD

    Is this title really necessary? How come no one cared how many jobs were being shipped overseas during GW's watch.
    I have hundreds of former co-workers and friends who lost their jobs since 2000 and no one was talking about that until last year. Somehow the President didn't get blamed for providing companies with the tax cuts that allowed those jobs to be shipped away so why do this now???

    March 6, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Stop giving stupid speeches....

    and get the economy running again. The stock market is down 25% since Obama's inauguration-–there's no confidence in him and his team.

    March 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. KC

    Oooooo. We're moving now.

    March 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Kimberly in Azizona

    Well its more jobs than bush created in 8 years, so hey its an improvement...

    March 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    When President Obama changed his campaign promise of "creating" 4 million jobs to "creating or saving" 4 million jobs, I guess I see things in a different light now. My husband has been gainfully employed for the last 8 years, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank former President Bush for saving my husband's job! BTW, does Bush even get credit for all those jobs he "created or saved"? I bet not! The problem with Obama's shell game is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to track how many jobs you've "saved". Of course, he's counting on a whole lot of Americans to keep drinkin' the Kool Aid! (wonder how that stock is faring!) Hope'nchange!!

    March 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Straight Talk

    25 jobs? and only spent how many BILLION?

    Does BO get credit for "saving my job" because I cannot retire now due to the poor condition of 401 my savings? Oh, and by the way – I Actually saved up and PAID for my house. Since I did not get a govermental hand-out, I guess I am not entitled to retirement – after all WHO WOULD PAY FOR ALL THE HANDOUTS IF I WERE ALLOWED TO RETIRE???

    Thanks BO.

    March 6, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Lynn

    Has CNN canvessed all 50 states to see if other jobs have been created/saved? Is CNN now competing for Fox viewers?? Always sarcasm, negativity and egomaniacs!!

    March 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Go back home and get to work on the financial crisis. Quit are president now!

    March 6, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. southerncousin

    He is making a speech again, my 401(k) lost more money. Apparently there is no confidence in what he says. Could it be the pork and socialism he included in programs and the total lack of effectiveness of his appointees. No, its gotta be Bush and Cheney right libs?

    March 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Dead but optimistic

    We're almost there.

    March 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. MorningStar

    To the mathematically challenged who wrote this article:

    The stimulus package has created more than 25 jobs already so far. Do you research at least before you put it out there. Is CNN the new Fox News? There are many jobless people out there who will be happy to do your job better for less.

    March 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Anton

    CNN, could you please tell us, how much it costs us tax payers, everytime the president flies to other states for senseless waste to give a speech.

    March 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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