BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama's 'make or break' jobs speech
August 31st, 2011
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama's 'make or break' jobs speech

(CNN) – Now we know that President Obama wants to deliver his major speech on jobs next Wednesday night before a joint session of the Senate and House. I've been calling it a "make or break" speech because jobs remains issue number one in his bid for re-election and there are still so many millions of Americans out of a job. There are millions more looking for a better job. Unless the president can turn things around between now and November 2012, his re-election will be in very deep trouble irrespective of his Republican challenger.

For the millions who are unemployed, the nation is not only in a recession, it's in a depression. That's certainly what it feels like for them.


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  1. bob in florida

    Hopefully the President's proposal will be large enough to actually do something on jobs. If the GOP continues to prevent, the 2012 election choice will be much easier to make.

    August 31, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. New Age Independent

    He's calling it a "make or break" speech"? Obama is simply not equipped to handle the problem. Liberals will try to continue to blame the GOP, but nobody's buying that BS. Obama had a GOLDEN opportunity to show the country what he could do, and unfortunately for him, it wasn't much. It's time for a real change.

    August 31, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. WiredweirdinSF

    How many jobs speeches has he given. He only wants to create lazy, greedy union jobs to appease his corrupt union bosses. His first priority was to steal a trillion dollars of our tax money to give it to the corrupt unions as a thanky you for stealing the election for him. His next was to bail out GM, which went bankrupt due to the corrupt ans slimy unions and then he and the unions set out to steal more of our money though Obamacare from which of course the corrupt and slimy unions were exempted. In the meantime we went through this summer of prosperity last year which was of course a lie. And now the lies are catching up with him. So will he tell new lies tonite, or just repackage the old ones? The man is a corrupt, inept, incompetent fool that only a drug addled democrat liberal could vote for.

    August 31, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. diridi

    Hold Congress liable for Jobs....good luck.....

    August 31, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone who thinks that speech will be about anything BUT, more of the same failed policies and programs, has little insight.

    August 31, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    That's why I firmly believe that his speech next week will be a "make or break" moment for his presidency. How's that for pressure on President Obama?
    Interesting that Blitzer thinks that Obama can "make or break" his presidency by giving yet another speech. If there is ONE THING that has grown exponentially over the last 3 years, it is the number of presidential speeches, interviews, appearances, etc. If we had one new job for each of them, I do believe we would be at full employment right now.

    The problem is that Obama TALKS a good game, yet has no game plan. He cannot bring himself to do what will help create jobs, namely STOP doing everything he and the Democrats have been doing for the last 3-5 years. I have a feeling he will double down on stupidity and try doing more or what has already failed. I'm sure the loons on the left like Krugman have convinced him he just did not spend enough, he did not pave enough roads, repair enough bridges, dig enough ditches, prop up enough union jobs, etc.

    It is hilarious to hear the leftists on this blog scream about the Republicans trying to make Obama a one term president. The fact is all they have to do is to let Obama do what he has been doing and point to the dismal results. After 3 years of failure, even the looniest of the loons can't spin the Obama disaster into a viable re-election campaign. So the Democrats will have given us two of the greatest incompetents this country has ever seen; a peanut farmer and an inexperienced community organizer. I doubt the American people are dumb enough to vote for 4 more years of failure.

    August 31, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Mr. President, you're not going to get goTEA support so you might as well go BIG!!!

    August 31, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost theri minds!

    More garbage from Blitzer. There is nothing "make or break" about this speech, this is just another media prostitute trying to dictate the (false) terms of the debate. CNN used to be better than this.

    August 31, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Elaine

    There is a debate as to whether the president should present a modest plan that he thinks stands a reasonable chance of passing in congress or whether he should present a bold economic package, and campaign against Republicans if they reject his proposal.That's a matter that only Solomon could answer definitively; but while we all understand that politics plays a role in just about every decision made, Barack Obama is president, and his first priority has to be what is in the best interest of the nation , is actually necessary to spark substantial jobs growth; and not simply what he can get passed.The bill proposed is hardly ever the final product in the end.If he makes meager proposals, and they are rejected by Republicans, he has no where to go; but if he makes grander proposals, by the end of the process,hopefully, he will end up getting something passed that makes a real difference.If Republicans reject every proposal, he can honestly say to the American people,"I did my best for you"; but if he takes a modest approach, and comes up out with little , if anything ,;both he, and the country will be in a lot of trouble.

    August 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I have a feeling he will double down on stupidity and try doing more or what has already failed. "

    Propose what has already failed, huh? So you expect him to stand up before a joint session of Congress and demand that they immediately enact grossly inequitable tax cuts that overwhelmingly favor the extremely wealthy and corporations on the theory that if we simply make them all richer, they will eventually reach a threshhold at which they no longer wish to horde and consolidate all the wealth they possibly can to keep getting richer and that the nation's wealth (as opposed to its debt burdens) will suddenly and inexplicable reverse direction and start flowing downward?

    Interesting. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you're probably not going to hear him suggest that debunked and proven failure of a policy.

    August 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Too bad really doesn't matter because the Republicans have already said NO to everything he's probably going to speak about. I would bet if Obama came out and gave the exact "jobs plan" that Eric Cantor gave out, Cantor would disowned it and the GOP would say NO again.

    August 31, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. steve

    Unfortunately the Republicans have anointed Perry and my bet is the sheepole at large will vote against their own interest and elect him POTUS!

    August 31, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Go hard Mr. President. Go for the ambitious doable plan so long as it is not blocked by our Domestic Terrorists in Congress. They are going to block ANYTHING you propose, but let their noose continue to tighten all the way to election day in so doing.

    August 31, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. sharon

    The POTUS did not created jobs loss. We were losing jobs before Pres. Obama took office. The Bushes administrators & The republicans aloud the big corporations to send our jobs overseas. Now Pres. Obama is getting the blame which is unfair. He is trying to work with the big Ceo's but they are holding him hostage due to taxes and the republicans are unwilling to work with him. Pres. Obama will make a speech on jobs next week, let's see if the republicans will reject it. We have yet heard of their plan. It is truly unbelievable how grown men acting like children.

    August 31, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The way I see it the GOTeatards are blocking ANY possible progress that this country can make with the deliberate intent of keeping President Obama from being re-elected.
    Everything that this man has proposed has been blocked, with few exceptions. This is NOT saying that what he intended to do, or what he thinks needs to be done would NOT work. Huge difference. I am of the belief that although President Obama has not gone mano a mano with the Republicans in a manner that I would've felt vinidcated by, he is still by far, hands down, the man that can get us out of the hell hole Bush left us in.
    I submit that when Obama gets re-elected in 2012 the GOTeatards will HAVE TO work with him or risk having whatever mayhem they would consider causing fall on their laps at the next election.
    Get yourself re-elected Mr. President and see these treasonists think twice about sinking the country.
    Obama 2012

    August 31, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last week ranked my county 14th best in the job growth in 2011
    And 37% job growth since 2000 why because of Nissan now Nissan producing Leaf electric car

    When senator Lamar Alexander (R) was governor of Tennessee Nissan started its Plant it was long term plan now it’s paying back. As conservative now days I don’t see that kind of long term plan form republicans. Democrats and president are proposing long term plan but republicans are saying "Winning The Future”

    President forget his policies and republicans only care about deficit

    We have to built strong future to reduce deficit we have to invest on job creation its not happening so frustration

    August 31, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "I would bet if Obama came out and gave the exact "jobs plan" that Eric Cantor gave out, Cantor would disowned it and the GOP would say NO again.'

    Of course they would. It's Lucy and Charlie Brown with the football when it comes to the GOP putting things on the table to be discussed or agreed upon. Were Obama and the Dems to give them exactly what they say they want (e.g., an individual mandate health care reform bill like the one they proposed in their battle against Hillary's), the GOP would simply yank the football out of the way as the Dems ran by and then hasten off to move the goal posts yet again.

    August 31, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. gt

    so many hurting ... i dont care who is leading our people need jobs so many americans hurting

    August 31, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama has a genius that is known for creating jobs (and avoiding taxes) right under his nose and on his payroll. Why doesn't Obama just ask Jeffrey Immelt how to do in the USA what GE has done in China? GE is bilking this country out of tax dollars, sending jobs overseas and yet is part of the Obama Administration!! DOES IT GET ANY CRAZIER THAN THIS??!! Why is this guy still allowed in the Whitehouse???

    WASHINGTON – August 24 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today called upon General Electric’s Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Immelt to resign from his position as head of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Kucinich’s statement came in response to news reports that, in exchange for short-term profit, GE is sending advanced technology to China that was originally created by NASA.

    "If he does not resign, the White House should remove him," Kucinich said.

    “As 14 million Americans struggle with unemployment, General Electric, under Mr. Immelt’s leadership, is exporting highly-sophisticated technology to the Chinese in order to book short-term profits for GE. GE strives mightily to avoid paying federal income taxes, but goes ‘all in’ on a deal to transfer U.S. government-subsidized technology to the Chinese. Jeffrey Immelt has a conflict of interest. He cannot ethically advise the President on how to create American jobs and promote American competiveness, while at the same time leading a company that is exporting American technology and, along with it, American jobs,” said Kucinich.

    August 31, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    CORRECTION: You're NOT going to get TEApublican support. GO BIG!!!

    August 31, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |