April 3rd, 2010
09:35 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama touts job numbers, delivers holiday message

Washington (CNN) – President Obama touted favorable employment figures in his weekly White House radio and video address Saturday, saying a "devastating slide" was reversing.

Obama pointed to an employment report released Friday as evidence the economy might soon turn the corner.

"[F]or the first time in more than two years, our economy created a substantial number of jobs, instead of losing them. We have begun to reverse the devastating slide, but we have a long way to go to repair the damage from this recession, and that will continue to be my focus every single day.

According to a Labor Department report, the U.S. economy gained more jobs in March than any other month in the last three years.

This week's installment of the White House address also included a holiday greeting to those celebrating Easter and Passover that emphasized inclusiveness.

"[W]hile we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all – Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike," Obama said.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. dan smith

    A couple of hundred thousand temporary census jobs does not a recovery make.

    April 3, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Pragmatic

    "... the shared spirit of humanity ..." a good thing for all those who use labels to replace thinking ... those who could care less what happens to other people ... those who think that if their views represent 50% of Americans – the other 50% are "chopped liver" to remember.

    Which is why this President will continue to move forward: When Bush ignored polls – there were those who praised his "leadership" - When President Obama ignores polls, he's called "a dictator" ... double standard, ya think!

    April 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Rahm

    I hope he's not counting the Census workers. Those are short term jobs. Happy Easter

    April 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. joe

    i am one independent who feels president obama is doing a good job. he has shown great leadership and has been proven to be a steady hand in tough times. when i see and hear the president i see someone who is calm, steadfast and compassionate. our country could use more role models like him. keep up the good work mr. president, america is with you. God bless you and your family.

    April 3, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. ib

    Sure Obama keep spinning and by the way tell all the people that are losing their jobs what a great job you are doing. I live in Va. and almost everyday we hear of another business laying off people. Thanks for your change Obama.

    April 3, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. RON

    The republicans keep forgetting who got us in this mess. About 80% of the national debt belongs to the Bushy administration.

    April 3, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Sheena

    The jobs rate didnt go up, when the Censes workers are laid off, that will be the end of the temporary jobs. All government jobs.
    When the jobs really go up, I'm sure you will hear it from many Americans, that can finally pay their bills and put food on their tables.
    Until then, this BS is not going to rally Americans into thinking things are getting better, which they aren't.

    And for his Spirit of humanity Greeting, It's Easter Sunday for cripes sake, Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins and evil doings.
    He could have wished Everyone a Happy Blessed Easter, its not a Holidy.

    April 3, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Good news even without any support from the lying republicans.

    April 3, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Jerry - Florida

    Oh, oh! Here we go with the smoke and mirrors, AGAIN!!!

    More to come!

    April 3, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. USN

    According to Fearless leader, we have been "turning the corner" for over a year. We've turned the corner sooo much we have done 200- 360'S , According to fearless leader.

    April 3, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The President actually accomplished this while dragging the dead weight of republican politicians behind him. Americans should remember the republican motto of "Politics over People" when they go to the polls this November.

    April 3, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Moderate

    Obviously the Tea Party and GOP hate American success and would much rather see the American people starving and dieing, than admit this administration "IS" turning things around.

    You people are a sad bunch indeed !

    way to go Mr. President, maybe the Dr. here in Mount Dora who warns Americans not to come there if they voted for Obama, will have more patients that will have health care and/or can pay for the services now.

    Frankly he's dispicable and should have his license revoked for refusing care. Jerk

    April 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. John D

    You know he's lying, HIS LIPS ARE MOVING! Most of those jobs were temporary GOVERNMENT JOBS Obozo and you have absolutely no reason for your celebration.

    Just another way of showing how this administration manipulates the numbers to get the outcome they want. They're all incompetants!

    April 3, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All economist agree with our President that he has done the right things to turn this economy around. Thank you Mr. President.

    April 3, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Gerry NH

    One month and most of these are temporary (census) jobs or government jobs. We need non-government jobs to fix the economy.

    April 3, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    Things take time. gwb had 8 years to cause the descrution- we're on our way to recovery thanks to our President and Congress. Despite all the obstruction, progress has been made.

    April 3, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |