Obama calls on Congress to quickly pass his 'American Jobs Act'
September 8th, 2011
09:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama calls on Congress to quickly pass his 'American Jobs Act'

Washington (CNN) - Facing low approval ratings and constant Republican criticism as his re-election campaign starts up, President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday night to put the good of the nation over political benefit and pass a huge jobs plan he proposed.

In a speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama told the legislators to "stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy" by quickly approving the $447 billion package of measures so he can sign it into law


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Jobs • President Obama
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  1. Name king

    Obama pleeeese don't throw stimulous money at these state again, they will do as they did last time and balance their budget and use the money to do crazy things then complain that the money didn't work. The repug governors will just sabotage the whole job program to make you look bad. Where are the czars to over look these job programs when you need them. Please don't make the same mistake you made giving these states money for job program again.

    September 8, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After listening to Romney point out that 45,000 jobs created during his 4 years as governor is more than the 4.5 million that has been created under Obama, you can only surmise that Mittens is a clueless and complete idiot. Perry wants smaller government , but wants government to build him an immigration fence and man it with federal agents, while being proud that 25% of Texans have no health care.

    September 8, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can America overcome the job killing efforts of the tea baggers?

    September 8, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What may help lower the unemployment rate, is if media sources hire enough fact checkers to debunk the whoppers being told by the republican candidates for president. Kyl said it best when he acknowledged that his comments were not intended to be factual, and the republican candidates seem to have taken that position.

    September 8, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Common Sense

    And the ReTHUGlicans will say "no" because the most important thing to them is making Obama a one-term president, they don't care about the economy right now. In fact, they want it to continue to into a double-dip recession and they will stop at nothing to see that happen.

    September 8, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. John, PA

    $300 billon, $400 billion dollars more, no way, is this all this president knows? This economic stimulus package is going to do nothing, it's a failure, kiss more the American jobs and taxpayer dollars goodbye.

    The only speech we need to hear from Obama is:


    September 8, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  7. bassman

    Pres. Obama's soaring rhetoric is getting old and stale. It has done nothing to create one job.

    September 8, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Ed

    From 300 billion to 400 billion where is the money coming from is this how you create jobs spend more without the funds.

    Great leadership at work way to go Obama you really don't know anything except well nothing.

    September 8, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    There he goes again, trying to sell an idea without first properly planting it in the minds of the people *why* we even need this idea. Expressing your visions are great, but you can convince more people to your perspective when *first* help them understand your perspective. That takes time; a whole lot more time than the first few minutes and opening paragraphs of a speech. Bold ideas and visions need time to take root in people's mind.

    September 8, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Chrisg510

    Mr Pres, please do not let the teapublicans hinder your attempts to help the American people. The tea party/republicans got an earfull on their vacation. I know Americans are sick and tired of their obstructionist agenda.

    September 8, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. New Age Independent

    I reserve judgement until I see the plan. However, from what I have seen/heard so far, I don't see anything new. To call this bill the "American Jobs Act" is rather presumptuous and arrogant considering the colossal failure of the his last stimulus bill. Don't misunderstand, I'm in favor of parts, but to me this seems like a desperate attempt to save himself in the election.

    September 8, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Go BIG Mr. President. Go so BIG that TEAhadists heads in Congress explode. They think cuts are the only way to prosperity. It's true what VP Biden and Mr. Hoffa stated: "they are at war with the middle class." I keep hearing the TEAhadists claim that this President is playing class warfare. Hello morons!!! Where have you been for the past 30 years? The rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. That's not a myth, that's a fact!!! When the wreckless spending habits of these fascists TEAhadists catch up with them, they want to raid the piggy bank(Social Security). And then have the audacity to say that SSi will be insolvent in upcoming years. Well if you kept your thieving hands out of the cookie jar, the program will be solvent with out any adjustments.

    September 8, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |