October 3rd, 2009
08:48 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama reacts to 'sobering' unemployment numbers

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Following a bruising loss of the 2016 Summer Olympics and a "sobering" September unemployment report, President Obama turned his focus back to job creation and health care reform Saturday in his weekly radio and internet address.

Obama suggested reforming America's health care system will have the beneficial side effect of stopping the hemorrhage of U.S. job losses.

"Rising health care costs are undermining our businesses, exploding our deficits, and costing our nation more jobs with each passing month," the President said. "So we know that reforming our health insurance system will be a critical step in rebuilding our economy so that our entrepreneurs can pursue the American Dream again, and our small businesses can grow and expand and create new jobs again."

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  1. howie

    Where is the stimulus money Obama? If it is out there it seems as if no one is aware of it. Another pomise broken.

    October 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Idiot_Boehner

    The worse the unemployment numbers, the happier the GOP and Fox news are. They get together for group hugs when there is bad news.

    I am pleased we have not yet reached the Reagan unemployment numbers, and it appears things are looking better economically.

    October 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    Hey b-ditty! you and the dems have done enough damge to the economy. Just try not to touch anything else until 2010 when the rightful owners of this country come back in power.

    October 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. freddie

    It is Bush's fault, it is Bush's faulf!!! If you don't believe just read the following comments from the left. wingnuts.

    October 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. bush league

    Gobama we luv u.

    October 3, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. B

    Americans always expect- immediate fix -to everything in their lives, with an attention span of about two days!

    We didn’t get into this mess in a week, it took eight years of NO control by deregulated greed under Bush and his corporate buddies to do it. It might take more than couple of weeks to fix .............

    Think about -Term Limits – on do nothing Politicians.

    October 3, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. BobAbrams

    Wait, first obama said it was Wallstreet greed and the mortgage crisis costing us jobs every month, now it's healthcare costing us jobs "each passing month"?

    Without question – Most confusing President in history

    October 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Richard

    Rather than trying to be :"King of the World" Obama should do the job he was elected to do! Our country is in shambles, deeply in debt, millions out of work and he flies off to Copenhagen to repay his Chicago buddies with a program which would alloe more graft ans corruption in Chicago--Too bad Obama, the world sees you for what you are – a big wind bag with little substance!

    October 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Joanna

    You know – just like all the other "stimulus" jobs, they're only good if you have a degree or past experience in those fields. So, if I don't have a degree or experience in the health care field, forgot a job for me or others like me. This kind of stuff only benefits a few. Love Obama, but this is really unrealistic.

    October 3, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. mike,texas

    We all new after 8 years of the republicans disatrous policies that broke us this wasn't going to be fixed over nite.

    October 3, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Jeremiah

    Quit spinning things for your ridiculous agenda. What's wrong with the economy and unemployment numbers? It's you people in D.C.! You keep throwing garbage like bailouts at the economy and you are getting NOWHERE! The rest of us suffer while you try to make this an issue of healthcare. Really??? Is health care being passed going to pay me a paycheck every 2 weeks? NO. You politicians are all the same. Spin and spin to get what you want.

    October 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    More lies. Health care costs had nothing to do with creating the recession, so has does passing this bill help? This man will say anything to advance his agenda. Obama YOU LIE!

    October 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. munchmom

    He should react-by eating crow!

    October 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Bob in Pa

    It aint rising healthe care costs BO. It's companies and people afraid to spend their money because they don'y know about the economy and what your policies will do to us.

    If you would stand up and project the US as a leader in the world, recall all the unspent stimulus, pull away from your orwellian health care dreams and billions in new energy taxes and fees, we could get out of this fix.

    October 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. American Citizen

    Nice try of trying to push your bill through. But people aren't as stupid as you think.

    October 3, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Johnny DC

    Absolutely laughable.

    Blaming the current economic conditions and job market failures on rising health care costs is akin to blaming a heart attack on a single french fry.

    The country is not this stupid. It can't possibly be.

    October 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Enough

    Wasn't much of a reaction....................was it? Big oops from his failed stimulus bill, now he is just waiting for this recession to pass........and it will, but his policies are slowing the recovery and are permanently killing private sector jobs. More jobs will be outsourced. Obama only believes in Union run businesses..............and we all know they destroy the companies they take over, like GM.

    October 3, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    This is how out of touch his understanding of unemployment is and why we can expect no great improvements in the next 3 years. What we are seeing is management by shooting from the hip because there is no fundamental understanding of how business or an economy works in this administration. What do we expect after giving a Junior Senator with no business experience this big job? He's out of his league.

    Public Option health care will make the billions they lost on GM and Chrysler look like peanuts. That's why the only way it will happen is if congress cheats the rules to ram it through.

    October 3, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. teflon warrior

    Oh, I forgot the stimulus is working right???

    October 3, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Hey Barry I thought that stimulus was going to save us all so we had to rush it through don’t worry about reading it because Congress or YOU did not write it.? Looks like another Obummer empty suit lie!

    October 3, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. ILoveCNN

    President Obama has saved a lot of jobs – union jobs, that is.
    Mr. President, it's time to create jobs for people who don't have union jobs, please.

    October 3, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. He cares and reacts....

    Who cares if Obama reacts....The country is growing weary of Obama
    ....his endless talk..talk...and becoming boring not only to America but
    the rest of the world...deaf ears only are listening..!!!!!

    October 3, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    A big reason why the job outlook isn't as good as we would all like can in part be blamed on the Republican governors who either refused to take stimulus money – or if they did take it, they've held onto it.

    Think of all the people who could be employed (and all the auxiliary business who would benefit) if those Republicans governors used their states' stimulus money for infrastructure projects? Every state has roads and bridges and schools and other projects that are "shovel-ready" and could be employing people.

    President Obama's policies would work a lot better if obstructionist Republicans would stop putting party ahead of country.

    To top it off, Republicans think that most Americans are idiots and can't see what the GOP is doing.

    Well, November 3, 2010 is going to be one nasty wake-up call for them – when the GOP's members find themselves out of work!

    October 3, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Mr. President, if it werent for your stimulus the BUSH Recession would be even worse. You're doing a great job!

    Why do Dem presidents have to bail out Republican problems like this
    Bush's recession saved by Obama
    Regan's by Clinton
    Truman's by Ike & JFK
    Hoovers by FDR
    McKinleys by Teddy R

    October 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. REG in AZ

    These are not just old issues as no one has ever apologized and we are still feeling the pain. No one has swore they won’t happen again, no one has ever admitted that they were wrong … and in fact, they actually are boldly and aggressively seeking to return to ‘more of the same’. We really do need not to forget!
    Remember the arrogantly offered subterfuge: Tax cuts for the wealthy benefits the economy; Global Warming is not a problem; Private Accounts for Social Security will solve the problems; The Bush admin did not minimize/ignore warnings before 9/11; There was sufficient solid and irrefutable real justification for attacking Iraq; Attacking Iraq didn't take away from the real effort in Afghanistan; Afghanistan is secure; Even though America has paid 95% of the costs it hasn't been a false coalition; Iraqi oil money would pay for the war; Pressure was not put on the intelligence community; Torture and departure from Geneva Convention rules were not authorized at the highest levels of the Bush Administration; Ongoing reporting on the status of the War in Iraq never misrepresented the truth to manipulate public opinion; No bid contracts to favored vendors totaling $100s of billions, was responsible use of taxpayers' money; Giving responsibility for our port security to Dubai Ports would not be a security risk; The humungous deficit and growing trade deficit are not problems; The administration did not react to the hurricane Katrina aftermath with apathy and irresponsibility; Bringing American drugs back into the US at lower costs would be unsafe; The Bush administration had nothing to do with exposing the CIA agent's identity; The squelching of the 'wiretapping without court order' story was done for national security reasons; Raising the security threat level just before an election in 2004 was not a political ploy; The financial problems we are currently struggling with are not problems of excessive deregulation and the lack of any responsible oversight thus favoring a few and resulting in unchecked greed, gross dishonesty and run-away self-indulgence by those few; Even though it is totally inconsistent with his sociopathic personality and displayed actions GWBush is really a committed 'born again Christian'; it goes on and on with these just being some of the manipulative distortions. See any current similarities with the dishonesty now being offered? I am an ex-registered, forty year Republican who wants them to turn their act around and offer the average American honesty and real benefit, conservative or otherwise, but I also feel to now ignore the obvious and support them in 'more of the same' would just be 'shame on me'! The only way to see them turn it around, for them to ever become conscientious and responsible representatives for all the people and not just focused on Special Interests and a select few, is to totally reject what they have become.

    October 3, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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