'Job creators' to attend Obama speech
September 8th, 2011
02:11 PM ET
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'Job creators' to attend Obama speech

Washington (CNN) – Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that twelve "job creators" will sit in the speaker's box at President Barack Obama's joint address to Congress tonight.

Boehner said that each of these guests exemplify regulations that have effected businesses around the United States.

These are "people with real world experience on how the regulations coming out of this administration are impeding their ability to grow their business and create jobs," said Boehner.

Among the special guests in attendance will be Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar Company. Looking for illegally imported wood, armed agents from the US Fish and Wildlife Service raided two of Gibson's Tennessee production facilities and its Nashville headquarters on Aug. 24.

A release announcing the invited guests from Boehner's office said that "unelected Washington bureaucrats won't say" why they raided the Gibson facility.

"No charges have been filed and federal regulators have not explained to the company what may have been wrong or how to rectify the situation," the Boehner release stated.

An affidavit filed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service does state why the facilities were raided. "Gibson falsely labeled the wood shipment to make it sound legal and suspiciously omitted the company's name as the recipient," stated the affidavit.

"Henry is the type of CEO that is doing the right thing," Rep. Marsha Blackburn. R-Tennessee. "My hope is that the President will listen to these employers and job creators and will help get America back to work."

Obama will outline his job creation plans in an address to Congress, and the special guests, at 7p.m. tonight.

The additional attendees include:

  • Spencer Weitman, president of National Cement
  • Kaleil Tuzman, chairman and CEO of Kit Digital
  • Glenn Rieger, partner at NewSpring Capitol
  • Eric Treiber, president of Chicago White Metal Casting
  • Lisa Ingram, COO of White Castle
  • Jim Plante, CEO of Pathway Cenomics
  • Ignacio Urrabazo, president of Commerce Bank
  • Chris George, CEO of CMG Finance Company
  • Rock Katschnig, farmer
  • Safi Bahcall, president and CEO of Synta Pharmaceuticals
  • Gordon Logan, CEO of Sports Clips
  • Jack Earle, managing partner at Earle Enterprises.

Filed under: Congress • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Ohio man

    Huh? .. so he is bringing in 12 people that he works / got money from i'm sure, to say there hands have been tied due to regulation so thats why they can't create any jobs .. hmmm how about Boehner have those same 12 people tell us how much money they have made from the bush tax cuts that were supposed to help create jobs.. .. these people are just to funny. but thats what you get when you dont go out and vote

    September 8, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Steph

    There are too many regulations on White Castle? In my opinion, the junk should be banned as poison...YUCK!!! Oh, and how many "high paying" jobs will be created if those nasty regulations on sliders are removed?

    September 8, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Peggy - Tx

    Speaker John Boehner is a liar.

    Never believe anything he says. He is working for the Kock brothers not us.

    Mr. Boehner is just playing games. He will find one minuscule example of how a regulation may hurt businesses and then invalidly make a global statement at how that justifies getting rid of all regulation.

    Clearly Mr. Boehner, you think Americans are stupid and you hate us as you demonstrate by trying to get rid of measures designed to protect American, Americans and the economy.

    September 8, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. TEA PARTY Mike

    Boehner has got it right. Obama should shut up and let these business people talk instead.
    Obama wants to spend another 400 billion doing what was already done and failed. If we were to do what Boehner's guests want, we would spend a lot less and it would actually work. Businesses are asking for some more infrastructure spending and beyond that they want government to get out of the way by rolling back or suspending tons of regulations passed over the last 3 years. Republicans are going to do that, lets hope Obama and Democrats put country before party and support the Republicans bills. The infrastructure spending can be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere, and the rest costs nothing.

    September 8, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Rickb

    Own a Gibson, nice guitar.
    So, his company breaks the law and he's upset.
    Gibson doesn't create jobs because regulations are removed,
    they create jobs when consumers have the money to buy more
    guitars. Billionaires only need so many guitars, thus when they
    have more money, they don't buy guitars. It's so simple...

    September 8, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Debra from Georgia

    I am appalled , this is a bunch of bullsh*t, why does everything has to be politics to this idiot

    September 8, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Bill

    And your point is what Boehner? Good thing that you will lose your speakership in November 2012. You have defiled the position.

    September 8, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Steph

    All of these job creators should have to post just how much taxes they actually paid this past year and how many jobs they sent overseas. My guess is you and I pay more in annual taxes than these "job creators" do.

    September 8, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Peggy - Tx

    John Boehner does not care if the federal regulations are tough or weak and he does not care if your children can achieve the American dream, all he care about is that he can achieve the American dream and he is doing that by doing the bidding of the Kock brothers.

    I am astonished at the number of stupid people on this blog who will just repeat what the GOPers say, even through the positions they ignorantly espouse will hurt them.. The GOP hates you, you silly followers of the extreme right. They are laughing at how easy you are lead by your racism and fears of change.

    September 8, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    I hate to say it, but Fish and Wildlife had probable cause. Insect infestations, not to mention any number of invasive species, have been introduced into the US because of improperly sealed containers of were illegaly smuggled in. Case closed.

    September 8, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Oh the hypocrisy!!!

    How can the GOP criticize the President for campaigning through the speech when they themselves turned it into even more of a campaign gimmick?

    September 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Judi Powell

    Job Creators....what an insult to our intelligence. Another way for the Repubs to make "wealthy" sound more palatable. Like "entitlements" sounds more evil than Social Security or Medicare. "Thugs" always sounds more sinister than "union workers." "Lazy welfare moochers" is sure to get more negative comments than "helping the unemployed." The ALEC sure knows how it's done. These "job creators" are sitting on their money with NO intention of creating anything....except money for their CEOs and shareholders.
    Boehner, you're going to have to do better than that......

    September 8, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. John in Cal

    Disrepecting the President of the US like this. Shows the little and petty minds they have. I certainly will not vote for any Republican again and will change my party affiliation to independant. They have done nothing to improve the situation this country is in but sure have made it hard for everyone. I'm almost at the point of calling them Arnolds all, as in Benidict Arnold. He became a traitor for greed(money), sound familiar? The Republicans have sold out for common greed this great country. That to me, a vet, is equal to being a traitor. I call it as I see it.

    September 8, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. DDanny1

    Want to hear something REALLY FUNNY. The four highest paid Wallstreet trust fund managers could pool what they made last year and pay Inc. magazines published estimated salaries of 9 of the 12 "job creators" 416 times. Keep in mind they wouldn't be paying salaries for 416 people. It would be paying 416 GROUPS of 9 CEO's or 3744 people. And if you are reading this, pay income tax and not in the $200MILLION+ tax bracket, then you are paying a higher tax rate then they are. But then again, maybe those 4 trust fund managers will decide to hire 3744 extra gardeners, limo drivers and housekeepers and pay them CEO money. LOL

    September 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Steph

    So if that shipment to the unnamed company (Gibson) that was labeled incorrectly had been a bomb from a terrorist or a biological weapon the GOP would have blamed the Obama administration for it. I'm glad they are inspecting and investigating incorrectly labeled or suspicious shipments. How did that prevent Gibson from hiring someone??? They actually need to fire the person who can't complete a shipping label correctly!!!!

    September 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. KatR

    "Henry is the type of CEO that is doing the right thing," Rep. Marsha Blackburn. R-Tennessee. "My hope is that the President will listen to these employers and job creators and will help get America back to work."

    Excuse me? The President is using his constitutional power to address Congress. Congress is supposed to listen to the President. It's no wonder that only 13% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing when you hear reps like Blackburn stating that she hopes the president will listen. She needs to shut up and fulfill her constitutional obligation to listen to the other branch of government!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Indy

    A release announcing the invited guests from Boehner's office said that "unelected Washington bureaucrats won't say" why they raided the Gibson facility.

    And now Boehner wants to put the entire blame on Obama for what the "unelected bureaucrats did", so was Obama on this raid ? Did he order this raid ? Boehner will do anything to take away from his PROMISE to create jobs if the Republicans were put back in the house, if these problems exist why has Boehner and his Tea Party bosses not brought forth this particular issue. I guess they were too busy downgrading the peoples credit rating, to work on JOBS JOBS JOBS platform they liesd about.Funny how things were starting to improve until the Republicans got back in and made sure to stop any progress.

    September 8, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. james mcmorrow

    Can someone explain why cutting regulations for business will stimulate the economy? If the answer is because the regulations cost too much that doesn't add up because one company's cost is another company's revenue. There are plenty of businesses in the business of ensuring companies meet regulatory compliance. The government should not be picking which businesses should flourish and which should not.

    September 8, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Candy Taylor

    Too bad Boehner can't get all of his congressmen to attend.

    September 8, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Paul1st

    Nice touch, Boehner. It probably would have been easier to round up twelve "job creators" profited at the expense of lack of regulations through Medicare fraud, environmental pollution, abusive business practices, and outright theft. These folks have the same kind of living arrangements as Bernie Madoff. Regulations can be onerous and may not be always fair, but they do protect all of us from unscrupulous characters. Boehner, if you really do not believe in oppressive regulations, then push to get rid of the Patriot Act.

    September 8, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Drake

    Someone please question Speaker Boehner's guest if he's ever been racially profiled before? Not that I feel that what he experienced is justified, but I want to illustrate that overzealous law enforcement agencies have harassed individuals for ages. Shame on the Speaker to try to use this moment as an opportunity to show how his wealthy constituents are "suffering" under the current administrations policies. Get over yourselves.

    September 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    As far as these "job creators" are concerned PLEASE don't do us any favors.

    September 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Regulations are impeding White Castle? I wonder what is in their mystery meat. Are they using endangered species?

    September 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Sebastian

    The Republicans want to allow business owners to make additional PROFIT. They don't care about JOBS.

    More DEMAND = More JOBS; also means more PROFIT
    Less TAXES = More PROFIT; has no connection with more JOBS
    Fewer Regulations = Lower Costs = More PROFIT; has no connection with more JOBS.

    Everytime the Republicans say something "creates jobs"; the new standard needs to be, "Go to the Whiteboard and explain the mechanics of it". They obviously can't be trusted after Tax cuts for "Job Creators" has come up empty for TEN YEARS.

    September 8, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    How many of Boehner's guests are members of ALEC and/or attended the Koch brothers secret meeting last month in Colorado?

    September 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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