November 5th, 2010
10:17 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Put politics aside to grow economy

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday hailed new "encouraging" job numbers and said it is imperative that Democrats and Republicans work together to improve the economy.

"Based on today's jobs report, we've now seen private sector job growth for 10 straight months. That means that since January, the private sector has added 1.1 million jobs," he said at the White House after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 151,000 jobs in October.

Filed under: Economy • issues • President Obama
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    159,000 jobs. John Bonehead Boehner keeps asking where are the jobs. 1.1 million in 10 months is pretty significant. If you want to know where the jobs are at, how about looking in India and China. We re no longer the U.S.A. We are the U.C.S.C.I.(United Corporated States of China & India).

    November 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Elizabeth

    Tell that to Mitch "third reich agenda comes first" McConnell.

    November 5, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. diridi

    I still say that Pres. Obama is "the Best President" that America could ever have. Look, jobs are up, stocks are up, economy is going in right direction. Don't melt to the crocodile tears of John Bohner, nor Mitch McConnol....GOP does not solve the nation's problems. If they did, we would not have had them at all....God is with Obama. o.k. This election means nothing, absolutely nothing. People are watching. It is not 12th century as GOP thinks. o.k. Americans realize later. Obama passed Health Care, Fin. Reg. Reform, ESCHIP, Consumer Protection, etc,., These Americans know. GOP can not idiotically repeal non of these which nation needed for long time. If they do, nation spits at the face of GOP. True, True, and True....God bless the nation, the USA, and Pres. Obama. I am not a black........o.k, know this.....

    November 5, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Bill

    This is an extremely odd way to present the jobs data. It does not represent the NET jobs gained/lost. The private sector would need to ad jobs at a net of 300k for the next 2 1/2 years to regain lost ground. In the meantime The government is shrinking jobs.

    What we need is the truth and not bang the drum rhetoric. This was part of what the American people said in the last election.

    November 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Me

    We used HOPE to conquer FEAR.
    there is a new battle we have yet to recognize
    We need LOVE to defeat HATE
    and then the TRUTH will overcome the LIES

    November 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    The most important competition that we face in the new century will not be between Democrats and Republicans. It's the competition with countries around the world to lead the global economy, and our success or failure in this race will depend on whether we can come together as a nation.
    I agree with the first part of what he said. American companies absolutely need to be competitive around the world with companies based in other countries. This is the core of our economic success or failure.

    We have technological strength, but just as important is efficient operation. Here is where many GOP policies are based. Companies become less efficient when they are over-regulated and over-taxed. Want to improve our economy by helping American companies be more competitive globally? Do not over-tax them and do not over-regulate them. That is how our Federal government can make a diffierence.

    November 5, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But Obama said unemployment is "still unacceptably high" and suggested policies to help jump-start the economy, such as tax breaks for small businesses.
    Didn't the GObP shoot down that idea just prior to the election?
    You're gonna have to "show some skin" Mr. President, if you know what I mean, with these Rethugs. They figure that the election was all about putting you in your place as they cannot swallow the fact that a Black man is doing an excellent job of running "their" country in "their" White House.
    The only people that the GObP are intent on protecting and enriching, besides themselves, is Big Business. Tax cuts to create jobs be damned if they can't profit from it.

    November 5, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. PalmReader

    "The most important competition that we face in the new century will not be between Democrats and Republicans. It's the competition with countries around the world to lead the global economy, and our success or failure in this race will depend on whether we can come together as a nation"
    I suspect Obama already understands this isn't going to happen. He has until Jan when all hell will break lose with the GOPers who have already indicated there will be one investigation per week for the next two years. Shutting down the Government is the name of the game, and the game players are gearing up. It's not going to be, never was going to be, bipartisan. The only losers are the American people. Obama can't do it alone, and I see NO democratic supporters lining up to his defense. It doesn't bode well for the Democratic Party as a whole to be such cowards, but this particular Democratic gang are as useless as the GOPer/TEAPers. Without Obama, the Democrats are nothing.

    November 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. terry, va

    His numbers are another smoke and mirror trick. The real number that needs looked at is the 17-18% unemployed and underemployed. First time unemployment claims went up to 450,000 plus earlier in the week. He needs to stay under his desk and not create any more problems for two years or spend the 2 billion dollars to go to India with one catch. STAY...STAY...over there.

    November 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. stufit

    Is that what he did on healthcare insurance? Is that what he did when he gave all that stimulus money to the corrupt union bosses and left wing nut organizations that supported the 2008 election theft? Is that what he meant when he called those of us who don't agree with him "enemies" and told us to get in the back of the bus? Or is he the most lying, hypocritical, inept, incompetent president we have ever had?

    November 5, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Sorensen

    Obama's comments this morning on the job numbers was another disaster. He looked and talked like a depressed loser.
    Why is he flying off to India, etc. in the middle of his worst credibility crises ever???
    Why has he not fired the entire white house staff a long time ago???
    His press secretary look and sounds like a soggy egg-sandwich!!!
    He is truly making sure, that he will never get elected to anything ever again!!!
    So we are all screwed.
    "Girly-man" McConnel and sun-lamp Bohner are taking over. This is of course even worse than Obama not being able to manage his job.
    Bohners "performance" telling us about his sad, stupid and totally irrelevant story while crying, was painful to the extreme.
    What is the rest of the world going to think about the US?
    Yes, bad, very very bad.
    I wish Hillary would take over the whole mess.

    November 5, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. john, PA

    This is how you improve the Economy:
    Repeal Obama care!
    Cut taxes!
    End ear marks!
    Close the border!

    Senate Democrats, when the vote to override Obama’s veto come up ,
    or we will vote you and Obama out in 2012!

    November 5, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. kmp

    But wait didn't you hear they the Republicans have no intention of working toward anything other than Obamas defeat.

    November 5, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Indiana Voter

    Funny how all of a sudden he wants to "work" with Republicans. Time will tell if he is actually serious or if he is lying like the last two years. He needs to come move to the center and meet Republicans, as America has shown that is what they prefer in the election.

    November 5, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. gt

    of course !!!!! people want jobs,,,,both sides work to get ,,,please...or you people will be looking for work in 2 yrs,,,

    November 5, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Get A Grip

    Oblammer sure didn't want to put politics aside when the Democrats were in full control. He shut the Republicans out. I wouldn't trust this guy any further than I could throw him and the Republicans better not trust him either.

    November 5, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Orlando Patriot

    Let's get something straight: The private sector jobs are growing not BECAUSE of Obama policies but rather DESPITE Obama policies. And we are happy with such a POOR private sector job growth? We should be growing four times this rate!! Why aren't we? Because of the anti-business ideology of the Obama administration.

    The analogy is simple: Say we tied one hand behind the back of a house painter. At the end of the day we see, with only one hand, one side of the house painted. Do we jump up and down saying "at least we are making progress"? Why should we be happy with only ONE SIDE of the house painted where if we had removed to bindings of production (i.e. we let the painter use BOTH hands) he could have painted the whole house by now?

    Don't be happy with the limited private sector growth claiming "success". The Obama administration has been a complete failure and if we remove the bindings of production (Health Care, decide on tax rates for next year, bring some certainty to the private markets, etc.) you will see job growth and increased production like you have never seen in years!! This is basic Economic Theory (I actually teach college level Economics so can confirm for you this is basic Economic Theory) and if Obama had actually TAKEN an Economics course in college he would know that he is creating so much uncertainty in the markets and THAT is the reason why our job growth has been so DISMAL!!!

    November 5, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Nancy

    How many times has this man said the same thing as he and the democratic congress push the health care bill the financial bill through with no regard to what the republicans have to say or their input on these issues.

    November 5, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |