Obama balances jobs and fun on vacation
August 20th, 2011
12:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama balances jobs and fun on vacation

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts (CNN)–A senior administration official said President Obama and his top economic advisers are “making progress” in constructing the jobs plan that he’s expected to roll out after Labor Day.

The official said it’s still a work in progress, with top aides “crunching numbers” and “weighing options.” “This is something that they will continue working on all next week,” the official said.


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  1. NoMoreHandouts

    The entrepreneurial spirit has been a key source of America’s greatness since the nation’s founding over two hundred years ago. In addition to being the primary engine of our economic growth and prosperity, the entrepreneurial spirit is inextricably linked to the inalienable rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, including liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As Winston Churchill once said, “America is an idea, not a place.” Central to the American idea is the notion that individual dignity necessarily includes the freedom to work hard, be creative and get ahead in life without interference by the state. As such, entrepreneurship has historically been seen in America as a fundamental expression of the human spirit.

    In recent years, however, the entrepreneurial spirit in America has been increasingly stifled by burdensome taxes, regulations, and other government-imposed requirements that discourage risk taking by business and diminish the freedom and flexibility of American workers. Entrepreneurship in America is also currently dampened by over-criminalization in the judicial system, deteriorating public education, and a broken immigration system which discourages highly-skilled knowledge workers from coming to America. If left unchecked, these obstacles to entrepreneurship will have an increasingly negative impact on economic growth, America’s competitive position in the world, and ultimately our very liberty itself. It is therefore imperative that we unshackle America’s entrepreneurs and allow the power of economic creativity to flourish.

    August 20, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    How can Obama expect anyone to take anything he says serious when he challenges Washington to put the country first and stop worring about reelections when he the next decision he makes is to ignore the congress and the will of a large will of the people and grant amnesty for millions of illegals. He does not make the laws, he is supposed to abide by the law.
    If he does not like the law he can try to change it, not circumvent it.

    August 20, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. TeaParty Mike

    Today Obama blamed congress( he means Republicans) for the recession because they have not passed bills yet to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Exactly how has the fact that these bills have not yet been passed caused a recession. The tax payroll tax cuts and 99 weeks of unemployment benefits have not expired yet. They are still in effect and were put there with the help of Republican votes in the first place. Extending them will not add additional stimulus to the economy they are not already providing, though they should be extended for a while longer to help not shrink the economy. Many Republicans will support their extension in a jobs bill that will require Democrats and Obama to support measures that Republicans will want to add like rolling back many regulations that business is saying are getting in the way of expanding and tax reform that will get rid of tax breaks and loop holes while at the same time reduce US business tax rates to a level that is competitive with the rest of the world. Doing this the right way can increase revenue by enlarging the tax base by getting companies like GE that paid no taxes to actually pay some.
    I don't expect there will be much support for any Obama stimulus two plan from either Republicans or a majority of voters including swing vote independents. A majority of voters including the independents did not want stimulus one and still believe it failed. If Obama wants to spend hundreds of billions more for a stimulus two that is a copy of stimulus one, it will not be support by the public. And I am hearing some hinting that he wants to pay for it with additional deficit reduction, which of course is not deficit reduction at all and again has no chance of receiving the support of a majority of the public.

    August 20, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Obama never did anything about jobs, other than lip service until it became campaign time. Now, he is doing exactly what he did before.......spending......which does NOT create jobs.

    August 20, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. bb

    Seriously – any president's office travels with him wherever he goes. What more could he do in DC while Congress is not in session, not even in town, to work with? He might as well take a few days, while STILL working on his plan, while getting rested up to go back at it with full force. As a former life-long Republican that voted for every GOP president including the last one-- twice, the people whining that he shouldn't be on vacation are the same ones that championed the ones that took record number of vacations at the taxpayers expense, and that would not be the current president, by far. They said absolutely nothing about Bush running up a $20 Million tab in operating costs in using Air Force One to got to and from the Crawford Ranch... Again, that's $20 Million, which did not include all his other vacations or other flights/secured transportation.

    August 20, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. DENNA

    Enjoy your time off, Mr. President. You deserve it. Heck, you've done more work and had more stress than W and he vacationed all the time.

    August 20, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. keesa

    them kids or getting tall.

    August 20, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Shannon

    I'm just waiting for al the right wing nuts to start posting about how he shouldn't be on vacation. I guess the first black man in the White House shouldn't be allowed to do what every other President has done. As a matter of fact, at this point in their terms, George Bush had taken 121 days of vacation, and Reagan had taken 112. Obama is at 60, so he's got a ways to go to catch up to the heros of the right. I'm sure that won't matter to the baggers though, they seem to revel in their hypocricy.

    August 20, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |