January 21st, 2010
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Obama to focus hard on economy after Democratic loss


Joined by some of his top economic advisers, President Obama announced a new financial reform proposal Thursday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama already was planning to put a heavy focus on jobs and the economy in next week's State of the Union address, but his top aides are signaling that pivot is going to be even sharper in the wake of the Democrats' stunning election defeat in Massachusetts.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs noted the president has been dealing with the financial crisis long before Tuesday's Senate race, but he acknowledged the administration could have done a better job of conveying that message to the public and will now redouble its efforts.

"The president works each and every day on making our economy stronger and putting us in a position to where we're creating jobs, businesses are hiring again," Gibbs said. "I can certainly assure the American people that that is the chief focus of the president of the United States."

That message, however, was at least partially obscured by Obama's heavy focus on overhauling health care for much of his first year.

At least three key themes are emerging ahead of the State of the Union to help reframe the second year.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Mark

    obama is finding out that his community organizer background is plum useless when it comes to creating jobs.

    January 21, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. JES

    You mean Health Care is not on the top of you list now.

    The economy should have been your first task after getting elected.

    This happens when we elect people that don't have a clue about business and have more people just like them giving dumb advice.

    You can't blame everything on Bush start accepting you don't know what your doing.

    The people that elected you have got to be in shock because you can't keep a promise.

    January 21, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Bob in Fla

    I'm not quite sure when he was not focusing on that problem.

    January 21, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. chris l

    So now only after his huge ego took a punch from real Americans he is going to focus on jobs. This guy is a clown which is why he will be one abd done just like the worst President in history Jimmy Carter.(Actually Carter will most likely go down as the second worst President when Obama is done in 2012). Obozo the Clown

    January 21, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. E

    people are stupid if they think health care doesn't effect the rest of the economy. It is real nice to talk about small businesses and entrepeneurs but how many people can step out and start up something new if they are dependent on their job for health care?

    January 21, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Michael

    What a disappointment. Where is that ruthless expediency you used to defeat Hilary? You got the presidency and sat on it.

    If the Republicans and Joe Lieberman are going to rule anyway, I should have voted for McCain. I give up on Democrats.

    January 21, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. ib

    He needs to do something besides flying around in AF1 and trying to take over our healthcare that's for sure.

    January 21, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Only a libertard would believe that he is concentrating on the economy, when his first priority is to tax and regulate banks and Wall Street where those of us who work put our 401k's. It is just some sort of a trick to get more money for the dope smoking non workers. Look what a "great" job he did with credit cards, have you noticed the rate increases, additional fees and limited credit availability since he signed that law. Liberals don't work so the know nothing about the economy and Obozo proves it every day.

    January 21, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |