September 3rd, 2010
11:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama promises new jobs initiatives, slams GOP


 President Obama spoke Friday in the Rose Garden, surrounded by his team of economic advisors. (PHOTO CREDIT:Shawna Shepherd/CNN)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama went on the offensive on the politically critical issue of job creation Friday, promising to lay out a broad package of ideas next week and slamming Senate Republicans for blocking passage of his administration's small business aid legislation.

Obama renewed his call for the languishing bill in the wake of Friday's release of new unemployment figures. The jobless rate, according to the Labor Department, rose from 9.5 to 9.6 percent in August.

The economy lost a total of 54,000 jobs last month. Most of the losses, however, came from the public sector, as the government cut 114,000 temporary census workers. Private businesses added 67,000 jobs to their payrolls.

August was the eighth straight month that businesses added jobs, following nearly two straight years of job losses. So far this year businesses have added 763,000 workers to payrolls.

"That's positive news," Obama declared at the White House, flanked by his top economic advisers. It "reflects steps we've already taken to break the back of this recession."

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  1. Dave

    Too little, too late, too unrealistic, you lost your charm Mr. President, and by now we got used to you not delivering!

    September 3, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. jim

    Part of that initiative probably means constructing more golf courses for him to polish his game.

    September 3, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Rob

    Well, it's not much. But, a Hell of a lot better than 8 years of Republicans ruining the entire world with their nonsense.


    September 3, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. jay

    The President is trying to fix the mess the last administration left us in, even without the support of the American Taliban party.

    September 3, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    SLAM the GOP!

    The GOP are the major reason we're in this mess in the first place. They need to be slammed.

    September 3, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Rescinding all H1-B visas would be a good start. There are plenty of qualified Americans who can fill those jobs, but capitalists have decided that cheap labor is better for their short-term profits than well paid people who can afford to buy their services in the long run. They've got it bass ackwards. Bill Gates is a prime example. One of the richest men in the world. Also the highest number of H1-B employees. Have a nice day!

    September 3, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Marcus

    Forget it Mr. President.
    The GOP is proud of their 'Party of NO!!!' strategy...
    It's only two months before the elections...
    There's not a chance for them to do such a thing as help the middle class.

    September 3, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Susan

    Your plan so far has worked so well, i am sure this will be just as successful! God help us all!

    September 3, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. False and Biased brought to you by the GOP

    President Obama and the Democrats may not have been able to fix the economic mess left by the GOP as fast as our instant gratification nation wants (an economic meltdown many years in the making is not going to "fixed" in less than two years especially when the problems are deep seated) but they continue to work hard on the problem and are continuously offering ideas. The GOP, on the other hand has been the party of NO. Saying NO to any ideas that may help and offering NO new ideas of their own. "Tax cuts solve everything" has been disproven time and again. "No regulations" brings you oil spills and contaminated eggs. All the GOP wants to do is take care of the to 2% of wealthiest Americans by making sure their Bush tax cuts are extended (and the GOP sure doesn't care about how much it costs when tax cuts for the rich is the issue). Middle America needs investment in OUR future, not just more investment in the future of the rich when it has been proven that it DOES NOT "trickle down." I will take the Democrats efforts and ideas over the GOP's failed policies and continued plan to invest only in the very wealthy.

    September 3, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    This just proves the corporate scumbags and Wall street dont like the American working people.

    September 3, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. chris

    Obama, when you loose over 2.5 million jobs and only add 65,000 your recovery strategy is not working. That is why your approval ratings are in the tank. How is the Hope and change working out for all of you?

    September 3, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Dave

    Let's face it, Relublicans want the economy to fail so they can can use it as a means to get elected. They don't care about this country and all lhey are interested in is power. Hopefully, the American people will remember whose ideas and policies caused this mess and not give these dolts another chance.

    September 3, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. stike1

    time for repubs to take off their hoods and vote for the good of the country for a change give small business a fighting chance or are you afraid it might do some good and influence some elections. what a piece of crap politicians are.

    September 3, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Ed

    It does not matter what the President does, if it will help the economy the REPUKS will fillerbuster it.

    September 3, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Debbie

    The republicans are quick to jump on the wagen about the unemployment rate, just – once again – to bring down Obama. If they care so much about unemployment, then lets give the small community banks the loan to help the unemployed.

    September 3, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. PEDRO

    GOP still playing politics with the well-being of Americans. All the greed with hand on heart, ehh boys?

    September 3, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. HypocriCNNation!

    Time Is Way Overdue To Get Tough With The GOP, This November Is Serious! From Their (Politically Driven) Willingness To Attack (Destruction) And Obstruction Antics Have Gone Too Far Unchallenged By You Mr. President At Times And By Your Party (The People Who Should Have Your Back, Not The Senators Landrieu, Nelson, Lincoln Sell Outs) Too Often! They Have Also Gone Unchallenged By Some In The Media (And Its Handpicked Mouthpieces) As Well Who Wastes No Opportunity To Play Both Ends Against The Middle (Independents).

    September 3, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. ken

    Obama is a true believer in the relegion of liberalism. Sadly, the best he could do to encourage economic growth is reject his own liberal big-government – the government is the answer – policies. The best we can do as a nation is to reject what has consistently failed throughout history – totalitarian government control. It always ends poortly, and we should expect nothing different.

    September 3, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Dal From California

    About time both the parties worked together to solve the economy problems. It is a sad situation when one of the parties do not want to go ahead and help the country until it comes into power. This plays all the time and there is no end to the despair for the unemployed Americans.
    We the people put you there to improve the condition of the electorate, if you cannot do your job then please do not seek the office.

    September 3, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Minnesotan

    Why isn't Congress pursuing the pay cut proposal by Arizona Representative, Ann Kirkpatrick? Last March, U.S. Rep. Kirkpatrick sponsored legislation to cut congressional salaries a modest 5%, saying it was high time that Congress shared the pain with the rest of America. As U.S. workers have suffered layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs over the past two years, Congress has actually been spending more money than ever. In fact, if it hadn’t been for another bill that Kirkpatrick supported, Kirkpatrick and her colleagues in the U.S. legislature would have gotten automatic pay raises this year, as they did in 2008 and 2009.

    September 3, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP deserves to be slammed! Go for it Mr. President!

    September 3, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. barry

    Just keep blaming other people Mr. President. You haven't taken responsibility since you took office. Why would anybody expect you to now. What a shame. In a time when we need true leader we have a immature President in way over his head. We need Hillary Clinton's experience to get out of this. I pray she runs.

    September 3, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Susan

    This is good news, but still needs the job market to continue to grow more and faster.......just think how much faster it could grow if the Repbulicans would start doing their job and help instead of fighting against the growth of American jobs......if you think for one minute that the republicans have any better ideas and can get this economy growing any faster you have another thing coming.......all they can do is put this President down so they can gain votes for November they aren't thinking about you and me or the job market or the economy they are thinking about their votes.....and for that reason I will continue to vote and suppot the Democrats.......don't let this country go back to where we were before wanted Change you have to give it time and you have to give this President a Chance......he still has 2 more years, do you want the next two years to continue with this Party of NO fighting him......putting them in the majority in November will only continue this recession and hurt you and hurt me and hurt America.

    September 3, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Well over a year ago, the President gace a speech about the change we needed in the way we live in America.
    It included less waste, saving money paying for things with cash not credit and liveing for tomoorw, not the moment.
    I wish he would give that speech again.
    As we save more, cut back on extravigances and live within our means, obviously less goods and service will be needed.
    This will lead to unemployment. it is the reson we still have the high unemployments number along with business sitting on cash and not spending. But why should they? We need less, are living on less and therefore they don't have anything to spend money on.
    The world changed in the early 1900's again in the 20's and 30's. then came the 50's and 60's and then the 80's. A new global economy is as big as the industrial revolution, we need to learn to adjust.

    September 3, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. water bearer

    "August was the eighth straight month that businesses added jobs, following nearly two straight years of job losses. So far this year businesses have added 763,000 workers to payrolls"

    My prediction is that the jobs outlook for the country is finally starting to gain some upward momentum and November is NOT going to be the bloodbath for Democrats that the Party of NO is counting on. The Dems will most likely lose some seats, but sanity WILL prevail and the Party of NO which hates America will NOT be in control of this great country's destiny again for a long, long time!

    September 3, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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