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BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama’s “make or break” jobs speech
August 31st, 2011
02:44 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama’s “make or break” jobs speech

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(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 No. 1 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.

There are millions more underemployed. They may have had a job a few years ago earning, let's say, $70,000 a year. They lost that job, ran out of unemployment and eventually had to settle for a job earning, let's say, $30,000 – with fewer benefits to boot. These people are officially counted as fully employed but let's be clear: they are not happy about their situation. For them, it's still very much a recession.

President Obama is going to have to convince these people and millions more who are deeply concerned about the jobs they still have that he's on top of the situation – that he knows how to create jobs. It won't be enough to simply state that his nearly $1 trillion economic stimulus package of 2009 "created or saved" 2 million or 3 million jobs. These folks are nervous and anxious and they want to see some hope.

There is no doubt that President Obama inherited an economic nightmare. Americans understand that. But they also understand that after nearly three years in the White House, the president needs to show the American people that he has a concrete plan for action. They really want action.

Pollsters like to say that the most important question they routinely ask voters is the "right track-wrong track" question. "Is the country moving on the right track or the wrong track?"

If most Americans believe the country is moving on the wrong track, the incumbents usually get pushed out of the way.

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?

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  1. David S.

    Just because Obama scheduled the speech, it doenst mean it will happen, Congree has to agree. Obama decided to take a swpe at the GOP scheduling it the same time as a long scheduled debate among GOP candidates. Personally I have no interest in what Obama has to say, it will be full of tax the rich, fund worthless feel good projects, get more people on the dole. I will be watching the debate.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Steve

      BTW, most of the money we are talking about goes to medicare, medicate, and social security. Defense is twice what it should be. If people made decent salaries then we would not need such a broad social safety net. But that would mean increasing wages – horrors – or paying the real cost of production – even worse – and no more subsidies for the energy sector – communism.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  2. sam900

    Obama's nose is getting longer every time he gives a speech. He cannot deliver his promises. Unemployment less than 8% after the economic stimulus, shovel ready job, and healthcare shamble. How about stop talking and doing more work. We heard enough from you.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Be A Winner

    Obama was a mistake which folks have figured out. If he not buying Union votes then he is buying welfare votes. The low class americans who don't want to work, just want a paycheck. Hopefully the smart folks will win this one despite the paid for democrat votes

    August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • MTATL67

      President Obama was a great choice and he has done an outstanding job considering he has to work with that huge failure called the Congress. The mistake is a Congress that follows "No to everything" Policy (Thanks Sen. McConnell and Rep. Cantor). I have been watching politics for 25 years. President Obama has offered great/good and not so good solutions. Congress has rejected them all and have offered no solutions to anything. This Congress is the most failed Congress I have ever seen. The Republican Controlled House is so terrified of those members that belong to that fiscal terrorist group called the Tea party. I am not afraid of those fiscal terrorist I just which the GOP would get a back bone. If you do not see that then you choose not to see it.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  4. FatHead

    Obama has spent a majority of his presidency creating divides, a GOOD leader, which Obama isn't, brings sides together to create results, not bashing those that don't see it his way.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • MTATL67

      Sen. McConnell aka Mr. "Not while this President is in the oval office" and Rep. Cantor walked from more meetings than anyone in the history of Congress. Speaker Boehner are all shining examples of compromise and understanding. President Obama got the all the arduous groups in the auto industry to come together and agree to a set of standards that benefit all of us. I hear all these pundits say how bad President Obama is but not one of them herald the great works of the GOP and the Congress that will better the country. I want one single piece of legislation or idea that Sen. McConnell, Rep Cantor or Speaker Boehner proposed that was not just rhetoric and hot air. President Obama President Obama stopped the collapse of the financial and auto industries hence the country…..what have the GOP’s in Congress done? Yeah that is what I thought.....President Obama 2012 he has got my the vote of this independent.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Mikey

      I guess the fact that the GOP is setting records for filabusters and other forms of obstruction and have publically made statements such as "we want this to be Obama's Waterloo" and "Our number one priority is to prevent his reelection" has nothing to do with the inability to get cooperation from the other side. Obama has tried to compromise so much he is making the progressives quite upset. The GOP on the other hand has done almost nothing to reach accross the divide.

      If there is division it is the GOP, and especially its idiotic Tea Pary wing that bears the greatest responsibility.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  5. MiketheElectrician

    Thank you President Obama!, we grown ups know that it takes more than one person to fix the economy. For all those still stuck in the 20th century perception of work, do what I did, go re-invent yourself. There are plenty of jobs, just not enough skilled workers to fill them. We are granting work visa's to Korean,Indian, Chinese, Phillipine workers who can work in the high end jobs, or as nurses that will create a better future. Instead of blaming Obama, look at yourself. Are you skilled in Math? Are you proficient in computer programming? Are you skilled in petroleum engineering? Stop sulking, stop pointing fingers, and get your act together. Hey tea party, since you don't want government intrusion, pick yourself up and stop whining. Here is a suggestion, we need to create a culture that values teachers, and those who do right for their families as we do with rock stars, rap stars, and sports "heros".. OBAMA 2012!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  6. ChristophD

    How can we be such idiots to think ANYONE can turn this economy back to where it was..overnight? Are you kidding?? it took what..8-9yrs. to get here, and everyone thinks their candidate, if voted in, will really get the job done? I don't hear ANY solutions from anyone other than "if you vote for me..I'll get america back." It's all BS. We are mixing personal agendas, religion, and special interests in with government. The "line up" for republican gop candidates are F-ing SCARY. That whole party alone will make me and millions others vote Obama back in. he's keeping us from sinking. Buckle up and put your helmets on.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  7. CDW

    What did Presidents Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower have in common? Back during the great depression, Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work. Harry Truman deported over two million illegals after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans. In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexicans. The program was called OPERATION WETBACK. It was done so WWII and Korean veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them.
    If they could deport all of those illegals back then, WHY NOT NOW. We are in crisis mode in the US and something needs to be done. And do you know why they can't do this today? because Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower were MEN OF HONOR, not Untrustworthy Politicians Looking for Votes. WAKE UP AMERICA. GET RID OF THE ILLEGALS that are taking the livlihood away from the citizens.(also, get rid of Obama for letting it keep happening)

    August 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Ben

      Eisenhower deported 13 MILLION Mexicans? What a crock! Check your facts before you embarrass yourself.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  8. RAMBLE

    He doesn't speak to the nation as president, He campaigns.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  9. Layne

    I hate the dems and all that they stand for...including entitlements...wanting hope...blah...blah....Go make yours! Nobody should give you anything...go earn it. Taxing the upperclass is akin to job abolishment..Regan understood that why cant you people get it through your thick heads?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  10. robert

    you see this is the problem with our news and our politics..."make or break jobs speech"....any half moron knows that in the end thats all it is....a friggin speech....meaningless bc the govt has no idea how to create jobs bc theyr blinded by their own ideologies....its all bs....and im sick of it

    August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  11. keithy

    Hi speech is meaningless. Words mean nothing if there are no meaningful actions. And he doesn't know how to stimulate an economy. Just a lot more hot air.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  12. George Gray

    Dear President Obama. I'll consider a "job" after I receive back wages, punitive damages, interest, late fees, and a forty (40) page single spaced typed apology for the human rights violation you politely describe as an "economy." Wake up America.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  13. Subiedude

    JOBS??? Everything he and his democrat cohorts do is destroying jobs and incentives to hire. Figure it out, he and dems constantly push for tax increases, force employers to pay for his new obamacare, then after voting to retain the bush tax cuts, 6 months later they are trying to change it, and dont forget the 33,000 new business regulations he and the dems voted in. The bottom line is he hates big business that hires alot of people, has stocks that more people invest in for their future then he makes friends with GE boss who paid no taxes at all on 7 billion profit, then moved his wind generator production to China!!!! Obama then gives 1000+ companies exemption to obamacare, all of whom donated to his campaign. Obama is all over the map on everything, clearly has an obvious agenda to socialize this country for his "social justice", so why would any business want to invest here. He is driving jobs off shore faster than before he took office, by nearly 4 times. So his job creation so far is for people in foreign countries, really wonderful that so many people thought they wanted change like this.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  14. mj

    We need to help Obama out .. What he needs is a few more excuses:

    . Had a plan written, but the dog ate it
    . Nancy wants to read it first
    . Let me be perfectly clear as to why I have no ideas
    . Someone will actually want me to explain it
    . The remodeling has disrupted my thinking at the White House

    August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  15. Charlie

    Would it be wrong to say things like FINALLY? or 3 years too late?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  16. gastrafitis

    I agree with pretty much everything this journalist has said, although I also believe our problems are cause by the employers more than a goverment authority.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  17. 100 Pound Elephant

    I hope Obama says that he is going to require companies to prove they have created jobs, or they lose their Bush era tax breaks. Companies stand to lose billions if these "entitlements" get taken away. If a company stands to lose 5 billion in tax breaks by not increasing employment, by say 10% yearly, I think they'd be motivated to begin hiring.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  18. Reality Check

    We may just find out that 30K is the new 70K and our economy is just resetting itself from inflated salaries & spending.
    C'mon moderator .. what's so hard about checking that statement?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  19. terry

    someone show me any good the pres has done since in office just talk since day one

    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  20. Daniel6

    Nothing new here-I jumped in to see what CNN thought of the LATEST Racist remark by an elected congressman (Carson)-? nothing-? not news worthy with the latest example of hate speech from the Democratic party?? The utter silence from the media, top Democrats AND THE PRESIDENT suggest this rhetoric is endorsed and perhaps encouraged?? This is the MOST DIVISIVE ADMINISTRATION we have had–and allowing this hate speech to proceed will certainly fuel physical confrontation. ? Is that the plan to allow/spark riots to then let the federal government usurp even more power??? Very dangerous-

    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  21. Da Yooper

    If the egg head had spent the first year plus of his presidency working the jobs issue instead of shoving Obamacare down the nation's throat, maybe folks could feel for him. As is, come Nov 2012, this man needs to be looking for a new job, because his performance over the past 2+ years has been pathetic!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  22. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Meanwhile, the number one issue for republicans is to derail all funding for disaster victims of not just Irene, but ongoing disasters around the country. We gotta balance the budget... by wasting time on a few billion dollars for weeks instead of addressing the hundreds of billions of waste even their own Boehner plan wouldn't address in military, scoial security, or medicare spending. Tea Partiers demand government stop spending... except when that means cut back on handouts to them as well. (have you noticed how many Teabaggers are actually retired seniors who no longer pay taxes but demand we pay their social security and medicare?)

    August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  23. Aduzi

    Dear Mr. President, First off, here is wishing you success in all your endeavors or should it be said "our endeavors". From what is seen here on the net, that is more than can be said about the other half of America. The divide and concur, "if you are not for us you're against us" mentality, has drug the country to a point of no return. Our steady decline is a direct result of policies engaged in by the Republican party. They act as if they are not part of the problem. They think their solutions are the only solutions and rules do not apply to them. They have deregulate morality.

    This is not to say that the Democrats are not at fault also. We all know the issues and how to fix them. No one wishes to take the responsibility to fix things. Politicians ( in general ) are to blame. A politician will do nothing to alienate a voter and there in lies the problem. You know this to be true, the Democrats, Republicans and most of all the people know this to be true. So what are you going to do about it? You already know how to fix it and so do the Republicans and everyone else. The thing is, if you choose to do nothing the Republicans will with out question take over and America will slide into the dark abyss because of their unbridled greed. Even they know this.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  24. justin

    Obama does not need to convince me of anything. I believe he cares i believe he is doing everything he can do. He has to convince congress & thats the problem. I dont think they will do anything other then focus on thier main priority. That priority is making Obama a one term president. I really believe this is a time to unite around Obama especially if you voted for him. Speak out against congress tell them to let our president do is job. Obama is our leader not congress. Look at the GOP contenders & ask yourself, do they really care about the middle class? I dont think they do. God forbid any of them become president. We would really be in trouble then. Its time to stand up & tell congress to stop playing games.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  25. Christopher Rose

    The reason Obama is in this predicament was upon election he immediately went to work enacting healthcare reform. Something that there was no general consensus on what the solution was. It created a lot of division and acrimony and wasted a lot of time. And did this during the greatest financial crisis of our time. Now this has caused him to have credibility issues. When you have no job, health insurance issues are lower in priority than a paycheck. He has been unable to recover by offering any type of proposals of his own and has largely abdicated the bully pulpit to the Tea Party who while trying to peddle tax cuts at least mentioned jobs. So we finally get a plan towards the end of 2011 for a problem started in 2008. And only under the threat of a re-election campaign. Obama comes across as a president who would rather just have the economic problem go away so he can go after left leaning social ideological goals rather than being a president interested primarily in solving the problems Americans elected him to solve. I think this early miscalculation of his to do health care instead of laser focus on the economy made him a 1 term president.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  26. StaciB

    I could care less about the speech. It's meaningless if our present leader cannot put action behind his smooth words. The jobless crisis has been greatly masked both politically and by the lack of true journalism within our mass media outlets. Understanding and reporting on the BLS deficiencies in tracking unemployment, including the BLS misuse of the Out of Labor Force category, their annual flush of population growth estimates, and stats with a deceiving 12 month duration.....have all tainted the depth of the crisis. Your trusting readers get 9.1%. It's so much worse than that. I urge CNN to do more investigative reporting rather than the cut and paste stories presently offered. Reconstruct BLS stats from the bottom up and be amazed! It will reveal the reason this time...consumers are not buying us out of this recession.

    The altered and permanently degraded fates of tens of millions cannot be restored by the minimum wage jobs now offered. This huge group (politically considered voters, not jobless citizens) has been waiting for well over 2 years for President Obama to acknowledge this crisis and low and behold, a Jobs Bus Tour suddenly surfaces. Our jobless recognize the re-election campaign timing.

    Words don't mean much to this group.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  27. s smith

    The President has faced constant adversity this term. He has done more for America in 2 years than some past Presidents have in 8. President Obama is one of the few presidents to have done remarkable work for the American people, as well as donate personal funds to service organizations. personal funds specifically from book sales, books written beforehe took office that have continued generating income...he is an outstanding president.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  28. anthony,Nj

    I think its tasteless to say that the president has to do more yes this was not something that happen on his watch but the republicans won't do nothing different I get tired of the media taking sides CNN is the worst they continue to think republicans can do better they can't they created this mess Obama can do only so much with this congress blocking everything nothing can get done is horrible CNN STOP ASKING THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK HE DON'T CARE i'm done watching your channel I will tune into MSNBC FROM NOW ON

    August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  29. Charlie

    The best way to create jobs is for the government to get out of the way of the people who know how to make money money and let them do their thing. Currently the left is stopping the creation of jobs by not allowing for the drilling of oil or the building of the pipeline. The leftist elitist who have jobs and are wealthy could care less about the little guys.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  30. The Invisible One

    A do or die speech?

    Hmmm, I have to wonder what a speech will do to bring relief to the millions of Americans who are suffering economically? I wouldn't hold my breath for a breakthrough. I must say the recent actions of both political parties makes me believe that any and all good ideas will stall or die in the House or Senate, because that's what they do now adays. They fillibuster, and fillibuster, then they fillibuster some more.

    Then these politicians blame "a lack of bipartisan cooperation" for their unwillingness to make a real difference in the lives of the constituents who put them in office. So for now, you can wait paitently for a speech that will provide little or no relief to the millions of Americans who are inching toward or falling into the breach of economic distress and social insignificance.

    However, I ask you to remember the parable of the scorpion and the frog. After the scorpion stings the frog, who graciously helps him traverse a river that was beyond his ability, he proudly admits to the dying frog, whose trust he breached, "I am a scorpion and this is what I do."

    Who are the scorpions in our political systems? That's for you to decide. Until then I have to find a way to feed myself and hope I have the means to live until things improve.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  31. Willaim

    This is really a no win discuss just like Rep vs. Dems. They are the same fucking this with a different label. The only two people i know that have some morals and care for the USA people and Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich but a good majority of people call them crazy and etc. And no the government does not create jobs and should not create them but the government can create the environment in which jobs can be created. We can blame the government for that....not creating the environment for job creation.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  32. FedUPwithFEDS

    How did we go from "Hope and Change" to "Get used to it"? Talking is the only thing this guy is good at as long as he has a finger to direct the blame. He did nothing for the working class in Chicago and he has continued his career doing nothing for the working class in this country. His thinking is running this country into the ground. Enough is enough. Actions and NO MORE WORDS! Economy, border control, and removing the disastrous healthcare would be a good starter...

    August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  33. Really

    Well lookin at his past so called speeches it will be nothing but teleprompt ready rhetoric askin for more time and bush blaming from the country's no 1 crybaby

    August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  34. Joe

    He can't do anything with an economy that's dying. No one on earth can fix this because it's broken beyond repair.
    Obama just happens to be president now. Doesn't matter if it's Romney, or Bush, or Ron Paul.
    The stock market WILL collapse and soon.
    Just don't panic.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  35. bailoutsos

    Could have created a lot of jobs with the $60 BILLION that fell through the cracks during the wars for the last 10 years.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  36. feduptaxpayer

    Yea – Obama has a great record of fixing things. Let's see – unemployment was much worse before he got into office right??? He is destroying our economy by continuing to expand gov't and print more money....which btw is not stimulating anything except Obam a's ego. I can't wait to hear Blitzer report that Obam a is gone from the presidency...gee, I hope he doesn't cry I mean afterall, he is his hero....

    August 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  37. Scott

    All this president does is talk and give speeches and nothing ever changes. I believe that nothing is going to change until he is out of office.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  38. w7rkd

    How does the President making a speech to the Congressional majority get anything done when they have all made a pact to not respond to the Presidents asking about anything that this country is in need of? What will happen is the usual, the party of "NO" will repeat their actions again and do nothing as if they all have frontal lobotomys but this will not look good for them and will help the President get re-elected and outrage the Republican Party again.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  39. Matt

    Welcome to the Party Finally 3 years later President Obama. Glad you could finally make it!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  40. ArizonaYankee

    I have no interest in what this pathological liar has to say.. He is a disaster and very much without solutions...

    August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  41. Gud

    No matter how the speech is, 50% will criticise it and other 50% will be just okay. It is the actions after the speech which will make or break his presidency. Still in the end in Nov 2012 country will be devided in half only independent will decide the presidency.
    Issue here is for congress not for Obama. If congress work to bring jobs back then they are working with Obama and if they don't then Obama has to shreude enough to show it to prople.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  42. agavemike

    Underemployment started under Bush. He was marking the half employed as a whole for at least two years before the end of his presidency.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  43. J Warren

    Please watch the video "The debt ceiling and the jobs task force." on CBS eye Mobil. There is an answer to the jobs problem and it is not more economic shell games as the White House keeps proposing.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  44. FreddyFrank

    Might as well run the previous 15 "Jobs Jobs Jobs" speaches..... We need actions, not words. All we get from this administration are words and regulations which equates to no Jobs Jobs Jobs.....

    August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  45. Richard

    Government budget deficit distorts the economy and eventually causes job probelm. In other words, too many people get paid for creating no value. Why is it so difficult for Obama and voters to understand?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  46. BD70

    President Obama will create jobs. First though we have to get those out of Washington who are hell bent on cutting spending and reducing government. Seems that is first and foremost on their minds not jobs. If Obama lost the election...as it stands now jobs are not on the republican agenda. If you remember the republicans nixed the second stimulus in favor of reducing spending and government. Only made things worse because all those government workers now ended up on unemployment. I believe Obama can create jobs....given the right mix of representatives. I definitely will vote for him again in November. As an Independent I see nothing better on the horizon.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  47. Jalabreu

    Corporation creating jobs abroad will pay more taxes than corporations creating jobs in North America.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  48. ANTHONY76

    How is one speech "Make or Break"? Who on the Republican side can do a better job? And how?
    Obama campaigned on "Recovery" and the country has been doing that despite constant opposition on every step he takes. In 201, the Republicans promised to focus on JOBS like a "LASER", and it seems that ended up at the bottom of their list of priorities as they made pushing their social agenda the major focus of every piece of legislature. And isnt it the job of Congress to create jobs legislature? When did this become soley the President's job? All he can do is give speeches. He's not the CEO of companies sending jobs offshore, and if he taxes those same companies for doing so, the Right will cry foul for being anti-business or anti-job creator. Its no-win politics.
    Well I guess if there's an (R) President, the Rightwing will all of a sudden begin to cooperate to get things done and stop being Obstructionists. This is a serious case of Party before Country, and I hope Americans take note.

    The President could come out and read

    August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  49. Cop

    If this country spent half as much time on meaningful action as we spend on "symbolism", we would all be much better for it.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  50. AL in West Palm

    Hey Wolff let me put it to you this way:
    I'll try to paint a picture for you. If the current president inherited what Bill Clinton in 2000. There would not have been a need for a $900B stimulus. There would not be another $1T given to the rich in the form of tax breaks. Theere would not have been almost $2T spent in Iraq. The war in Afghanistan would have taken place and Bin Laden would have been killed in Tora Bora (because Obama would not have delegated killing him to locals) thus we wouldn't be in that country still.

    With all that money, the govt. would have had the means to face this recession.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  51. Ray

    Obama has not provided the leadership to get this country the economic stability it needs to grow. He spent too much time on personal agend'a like Health Care. It wasn't all his fault since Bush did leave him with the TARP to start office but that was three years ago. I voted for him but won't again. If Rick Perry is the GOP's choice I will do a write in for Steve Jobs. The House and Senate need replacing as well.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  52. Jay

    Shame on you Obama, shame on you! Three years of reading speeches other people wrote. Please do not run for 2012, please allow Hillary to run. Your; yes we can! Never convinced me I voted for you cause republicans only help the rich people but if you run again I won't vote at all! Im sick and tired of both parties!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • The Treasonous Right

      Your failure to connect the dots is scary.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • BD70

      lol you think any of the presidents ever wrote all their own speeches?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Tara

      H E L L O. All presidents have their speeches written with their writers! That is their job!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Viv

      DITTO!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Reality Check

      I agree with you on being .. "sick and tired of both parties." !!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Kevin

      I am glad he cares enough to make jobs such a priority now. But it should have been a priority when he came into office. It is time for the country to be run by someone that is a mature qualified adult. The first posting is correct, Hillary could be that person on the Democratic side and Huntsman could be that on the Republican side. Please American dismiss the fluff and lets get someone in office that is qualified from the start and does not need to grow into the position.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • jl

        He cares now because the election is coming up,so essentially he cares about himself

        August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • 100 Pound Elephant

        Kevin – You really can't fix employment until you fix the economy. Americans spend too large a percentage of their income on two things healthcare and gas. Think what a family of four would do with their money if they didn't spend $1,400 month on healthcare. That is why he tried to fix that first.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • MTATL67

        How easily the near collapse of the financial and auto industries are forgotten. Yet you give the completely useless GOP Congress a walk and a free pass to spend more of our tax dollars. People really need to start hold all branches of the Government accountable.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • CEEBEE

      So Jay if you were rich would you vote Republican? When did being rich become evil...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • 100 Pound Elephant

      Keep the faith Jay. If you don't vote for Obama, you might as well just give your money away to big healthcare and oil companies.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Ted Peters

      The pied piper has totally lost his mojo. No body on earth wants to hear him read the teleprompter again. The next election will come down to one question: has the Democrat party made enough of the voting population totally dependent upon government for their daily needs? If yes... they win and anyone with any serious capital needs to invest in elsewhere. If no... we have to pray that the next president has the internal strength to say no to all those with their hands out,.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • itzmeman

        Ted,

        I actually would like to hear what our President has to say so please do not speak for me or anyone else who does. I know many people who do want to hear his ideas and continue to see that his efforts are focused on positive results, not counterproductive critquing of indivdiuals ideas without putting forth ideas of their own.

        Unfortunately, the conservative party is exactly what I hear from many people and that is the "party of no" We cannot rely on simply saying no to everything except tax breaks for the most privilege few. By the way, no one has ever proved that reducing tax rates for the wealthiest increses job growth and you can see that in the job growth results under George W. Bush. These tax breaks have, however, increased the wealthiest's individuals welfare checks!

        August 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • MTATL67

      I hope you said the same thing to your Congressmen. Remember don't vote don't complain.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • MTATL67

      The GOP and fiscal terrorists in Congress get what? A pat on the back and that a boy, good job on the downgrade.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • MTATL67

      The GOP and fiscal terrorists in Congress get what? A pat on the back and that a boy, good job on the jobs and the downgrade. This Congress is the failure.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  53. Dan

    If you are of the opinion that government cannot create jobs, then it must be true that it is the rich (i.e. Republicans) who are hijacking this US economy right now.
    However, if you believe that government is a job creator, then all of YOU people out there should be applying to every state, local, municipal, and federal position available right now...

    otherwise – what is the problem?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  54. Linda Mitchell

    I strongly believe our president will deliver. The continued strenght we as a nation have. He is strong because we are. Yes he shall Deliver.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Charlie

      Yes, we can create jobs by eliminating taxes on businesses and corporations. That would be a good delivery.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Sam

      Nothing he does works. His agenda doeas not work. We are strong and I hope we can survive him.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • FedUPwithFEDS

      Sorry to be the one to break it to you but he will not deliver anything unless you are on government assistance. If you are, he has you covered... Sheeple make the world go round I guess.....

      August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • 100 Pound Elephant

        At least Obama tried to make healthcare more affordable. The $1,400 a month I pay for health insurance for my family, in my opinion, is robbery. I'll continue to vote for whomever I think will work the hardest to lower this expense. It is almost 25% of my gross income. Think of the economic growth if one industry wasn't getting all our money.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Subiedude

      Yes, he will deliver.........another telepromter speech trying to save his miserable administration.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • LL

        Awesome reply!

        August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • FedUPwithFEDS

        I stand corrected! You are 100% on the money- lol Touche'

        August 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
      • MTATL67

        The GOP and the fiscal terrorist have delivered. I must have missed that special announcement. I guess if you think failure as delivering. Then they most certainly delivered. Don't tell us what President Obama has done wrong. Tell us what the GOP and those fiscal terrorist in Congress have done right. Substance not hot air and rhetoric either.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Realist

      Please – Get real and take your head out of the sand!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Jim in California

      If he promotes building the infrastructure, we have all been there and done that. Just a newer rendition of smoke on the mirror. If however, he jumps in with a real plan to allow capital to be released to small businesses (of which I am an owner) then he is on the right track and he has my support. We are way past being verbally stroked, as a nation we need actionable items and a leader who shows us he can lead from the front and by example. I am hoping for all of the above in his speech next week.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Pixie

      Dear Lord woman – what has he delivered to date?????

      August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • 100 Pound Elephant

        Osama Bin Laden's head on a platter for starters.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • itzmeman

        Pixie,

        Lets start by he stop the hemorraging of the financial and housing markets, the overall economic collapse this country was experiencing, the draw down of troops in the misguided war in Irag and the effective strategy in Afghanistan that led to the determiniation of Pakistan's hiding and ultimate the finding of the World's #1 Most Wanted individual. He has implemented strategically successful support of limited military action in countries like Libya that allows their people to decide on their governement so we do not get bogged down in other people's wars and spending our tax dollars for people who can and will do it themselves, ultimately allowing the U.S. to come in and be an equal partner in their growth and economic development, not distrust and hate for our intervention.

        Under his administration, for most months, a growth in private sector jobs which has unfortunately not been to the level needed to reduce unemployment, but yet stabilize the hemorraging of job loss. Could he do more, yes if the party of "NO" gets out of his way and really wants the economy to turn around. My guess is they don't, however. Why, because success for the President means defeat in the next election. The conservative party is not looking out for the best interest of this country.

        Sorry to disagree with your one line statement that basicially says nothing but that you do not like him.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  55. Voltairine

    These comments should not be "moderated". They should all be allowed to post and if they are flagged as inappropriate, only then can they examine them for abuse, swearing, etc., not that I agree with that either, but at least let the comments be posted. This amounts to CENSORSHIP and should not be tolerated in what is suppose to be our free society.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Scott Key

      BRAVO!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • damian - Gunbarrel Colorado

      I couldn't agree more. There's no swearing in my post from 3:46pm and it's still awaiting moderation. Shouldn't the moderators reject posts from those who use all caps, can't spell, and have no sense of grammar? Lame, Wolf, Lame.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Realist

      Please – Get real and take your head out of the sand!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • Voltairine

        I am being real; far more real than you are or the self-important "moderators" in the, "Situation Room".

        August 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  56. hongrn

    The road to failure is paved with good intentions. Bottom line, you failed Mr. Obama. Results are all that matter. No results, no job for you. Stop blaming Bush or anyone else.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  57. Doanbeleeveyerliesanymor

    I'll be holding my breath till he speaks...

    August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Sam

      Wow how about a used car sale. Cash for old clunkers. The government shout not be creating jobs. The government is here to protect us from outside threats. let us get back to business. Leave us alone.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  58. BREAK

    Break!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  59. Cop

    I think America is "catching on" that politicians don't "make jobs", since we've been hearing this from every politician running for office for about five years, and no jobs have been "created".

    August 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  60. keeth

    And Congress holds the purse strings. Where are the jobs they promised when elected in 2010?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  61. Chris

    Americans can figure out how to develop marketable skills, start businesses, and make money. We don't need to be spoon fed. It makes me so mad that politicians can spend away and then come back and raise taxes to clean up their mistakes. I will be voting against Obama with a vengence.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  62. Rob

    The economy can't turn a corner until the financial markets stabilize. There is much to much regulatory reform, oversight, as well as a legal assault on the banking industry due to the foreclosure debacle.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  63. Toby

    This is a glorified campaign speech, on the government's dime, nothing more.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  64. true justice

    Obama’s high opinion of his ability and high arrogance is very apparent to the more and more voters, as is his lack of integrity, very low performance and low competency. The President’s economic plan (s) has failed because his ideology is wrong for America. He has very much under performed in office, his reputation badly damaged. The phone has been ringing since 3:00 a.m. and his Administration still has no answers.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  65. dowdotica

    By the way run this one through your calculators. 7,000,000 back to work at say $11.00 hr. fica and medicare tax % = 15.30. base fed average withholding say 15%, state Withholding say 7%. do the math and quantify it over 5 years and 10. the numbers are quite mind boggling. now think about it how many jobs did we shed since 2000? problems solved.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  66. nancyzee

    FINALLY! Someone gets it. Wolf is right. It's not just about unemployment, it's about UNDERemployment.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  67. Kibbles N Bits

    I think this speech does have a big impact. If "fear" and "uncertainty" are the two main reasons we can't get that money on the sideline out, then a speech / direction / plan can have a major impact and "make of break" people's view of Obama's presidency (although he's not been given much help lately).

    August 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  68. Reggie Pelicieux

    I'm always hearing the "well, middle class was taken hostage so i kinda had to blink" talk. We, the people, need a true "negotiator" like the movie The Negotiator staring Samuel L. Jackson or Hostage with Bruce Willis. We need some Action...... but of course without the violence and guns blazing.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • John America

      Stop talking crap, this is not the movies. If he stands firm as you say and then accomplishes nothing because the GOP and TP refuse to negotiate you will continue to blame him anyway.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Reggie Pelicieux

        Get off my crotch. I'm NOT blaming him. Just giving a little suggestion. I'm not sure if you noticed.....MOST of the comments on here would rather see more ACTION instead of another SPEECH.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • ANTHONY76

        +1

        August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Babs

        I agree with John. The president has only so much power. If the GOP is constantly tainting Congress with their agenda, then nothing will get done and nothing has gotten done. I will say the Dems aren't any better either. They need to stand firm and fight for their voters.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • Reggie Pelicieux

        Don't confuse my need of wanting him to enforce his stance as a way to shift blame.There's nothing in my post that blames him for anything. I've tried to point out what everyone is tired of hearing and seeing. I'm NOT blaming him, just voicing out a little suggestion. I'm not sure if you noticed.....MOST of the comments on here would rather see more ACTION instead of another SPEECH. I don't see anything in my last post that suggests that he is a horrible President and should be replaced. Its called constructive criticism, without tearing into an individuals personal character. Its something anyone in the right mind would do if he/she wanted to see someone they still support regardless of party affiliation.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • Sam

        First of all, If I hear republicans are only protecting the rich I am going to vomit on the next hippy I see. Obama bailed out the banks, they gave themselves raises, held the money and bonuses, and he shafted us. Obama used our money to bail out Crysler and they sold out to the unions and the italians, and we lost Billions. We are still shipping jobs over seas. The Sri Lankans, Indians and Chinese get paid .50 cents an hour 60 hours a week to do our old jobs. Obama is the same as the rich protecting republicans you dopes keep spouting you lame talking points over.
        By the way, stop watching MSNBC and get some truth.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • Sam

        Miss Jimmy Carter yet?

        August 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Corvus1

      Fiction and reality- learn the difference, please.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • FedUPwithFEDS

      Yeah Reggie – John has spoken. Good grief. Blame much John? When will Obama be responsible for his actions? Typical democrat way, blame everyone else to remove the focus of the root cause. Propaganda at its finest...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Pixie

      Please – the Dems are as much to blame – anyone think it was FAIR to lock the GOP out of healthcare and push that through without the public knowing what the bill has in it? Pot calling the kettle black.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  69. Mike in SA

    Uhhhh...wasn't the make or break jobs speech in late January 2011...or uhhhh late January 2010...or early February 2009???

    August 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Scott Key

      It doesn't matter how many make it or break it speeches ANY President gives. If he doesn't have the cooperation of Congress and the House, you are in the dog house.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Cop

    Of course. That's what I would do to "make jobs". I would make a speech off a teleprompter. Isn't that what everyone does to "make jobs"?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      So how WOULD YOU make jobs? I seriously want to know.
      Everyone on these boards have criticisms but no one is offering any solutions.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • dan in albuquerque

      No,they present a plan, which is already attacked and not passed before it is presented, let the American people again see you obstructionists preventing anything from happening that Obama could get credit for. Then, you wait until November and watch them get kicked out of office...then you do what the American people have said they want in majority numbers: revenue AND spending cuts.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  71. John America

    A speech is one thing but being able to create jobs is very tough. Especially when you have the GOP and TP doing everything they can to destroy anything he tries to implement. We will not see substancial job growth as long as the GOP and TP follow their agenda rather than help America.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Brian

      Spare us the TP and GOP bit. Obama implemented what he wanted or have you already forgotten he controlled Congress for 2 years with a super majority and passed a useless trillion dollar stimulus bill along with bank bailouts and housing legislation. IT DIDN'T WORK!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Kevin

      Yep, there's always the blame every body else scenario; good versus evil, david vs goliath, whatever floats yer boat. Why is the default assumption that doing something is always better than nothing, that action will always produce a (desirable) result?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • El Duende

      You're joking, right? I can't imagine how bad things would look right now in this country if the GOP hadn't won back the house in November. The carte blanche spending had to be stopped!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • StopBelievingTheChangeCrap

      The GOP and TP and TRYING to stop this fool from making uneducated changes that will destroy America. He is a marvelous speaker but a terrible economist and not even close to being a good leader!!! Morons like you continue to back him for God only knows what reason. Is it because he's black?!?!?! I hope you can get past that... He hasn't improved anything and yet his speech still swoon people like yourself. The overwhelming majority will vote to remove him in 2012. Just like 2010.. The people will speak up and he will be removed. did you ever think that the GOP and TP control Congress because the PEOPLE put them there? We're tired of this buffoon.. He makes GW look like a genious...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • ipmutt

      Regan fixed it it two years taking unemployment from 9.2% down to low 7% then low 5%. He reduced the interest rates for mortgage and small lones from above 17% to high to mid single didgits. He did it with tax cuts and investment incentives. My bet isObama will not offer this and we will continue to slide deaper into dept and dispair.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • FedUPwithFEDS

      Imagine that.. Another finger pointing dem blaming everyone but the root cause. You should write Obama's speeches, they both seem to focus on the blame game.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Eric in Florida

      Obama and the Democrats had total control over the Whitehouse, Senate, and House for the first two years of his administration. If he had all of these wonderful ideas he should have implemented them then, when there was no one in his way. Instead they focused on Universal Healthcare....which will need if they continue to ignore the economy. Oh yea, he did implement one major piece of legislation to "stimulate" the economy. He got the stimulus bill passed that was supposed to create "shovel ready jobs" and keep the unemployment rate under 8 percent. He even joked recently that the "shovel ready jobs were not as shovel ready as he thought." Hmmmm funny joke O. I guess we are the punchline. Any other great ideas?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Pixie

      John, Obama had the house and the senate for two years – he could have pushed anyting he wanted past – which he did with the half **** heathcare reform. He neglected jobs, the debt, entitlement reform etc. So, the opportunity has passed and best he can do is blame the GOP. That's like a kid not studying for a test and losing his tectbook at the last minute – then blaming the textbook. The president has shown use what he is made of and it is obviously not enough. Let's hope the next prex, whomever that my be in 2012, learns for this and had a better grasp on leadership.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • FatHead

      Wouldn't you then define a good leader as one who can overcome such an obstacle? Obama is not a good leader and can't overcome detractors.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Ryan

      That's just a stupid comment. Blaming others, typical of regressives. Look, it's very simple. Obama's policies are directly responsible for the incredibly slow recovery.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • damian - Gunbarrel Colorado

      Couldn't agree more. Well said.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      I agree! Obama CANNOT MAKE JOBS! Congress MUST BE THE ONES who implement bills to do so. ALSO, CORPORATIONS and small businesses. But, then again Obama CANNOT MAKE these companies hire. Why this isn't a part of the article is beyond me. Ultimately it boils down to the big companies who want this president to fail. If he's seen as having done nothing, he won't be re-elected. But the truth is, the big companies and Congress are the DO NOTHINGS.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • Steve

        Utter nonsense. Free markets and lower taxes will stimulate instead. Also-bring back mfg. to the U.S. by big gov stepping aside...NAFTA was a disaster now, wasn't it?

        August 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Eric

        Steve...manufacturing jobs will NEVER be what it used to be in America and it has nothing to do with trade agreements. Manufacturing in this country has changed dramatically due to technology. Now instead of 100's of people on a line churning out whatever product, it is computers and machinery that churns out the products with only a few people running them. This is called progress, and companies are more than willing to invest in this technology to avoid Unions who demand $30 and $40 an hour for an uneducated worker plus massive benefit packages. Those jobs are gone forever and people need to start accepting it. If you want to make money in America, you need to further your education. Unskilled jobs are no longer needed here and are being done in countries that don't have the employment regulations we have, which means they can pay their workers alot less than minimum wage. Let's face it, almost nobody can feed a family on minimum wage in America. So people need to stop complaining about lost manufacturing jobs and go back to school. I realize that isn't easy when you have a family to feed, but you can't just sit back and complain and think that those jobs are going to magically reappear. They are long gone and people need to figure out a new way to make a living. That is the bottom line. Oh...and a recent article I read said that unemployment in the general population is around 9%, but unemployment for college graduates is only about 5%. Don't get me wrong, I feel for the millions of people who have lost their jobs and are faced with trying to find a job with little to no education, but you have to accept the reality and learn a new skill if you want to survive today.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Mikey

        Steve, the problem with the lower tax mantra is that there is no correlation between tax rates and economic growth or unemployment. Sorry, but the data actually shows that our economy has grown more and unemployment has been lower when tax rates are higher. Not saying higher taxes are better, but there is no real evidence that lower taxes increase employment. Also, Reagan raised taxed during a recession and the ecomomy improved. Clinton raised taxes during a recession and the economy improved. Bush lowered taxes in a good economy and things went to heck in a handbasket.

        The only thing that lower taxes will do for sure is increase our deficit and the wealth of the already wealthy... and the middle class will probably get stuck with the bill.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Subiedude

      Obama and the dems had 2.5 years of unfettered freedom to do whatever they wanted and blew it big time, and put our children and grandchildren into huge debt, then you and Obama want to blame the Reps and TP? Face it, they messed it up pretty bad and it is time to stop being an apologist for Obama, he has his own agenda for social justice and he will go down with it in 2012.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Anthony

      Oh, sure..Republicans and the Tea Party are the reason unemployment has hovered over 9% since before Republicans took control of the house in 2010. Get a clue, socialism hasn't worked in the long term for any other country that has experimented with it, and it's not going to work here. It's time to get government out of the way, and put the people back in charge of job creation.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Sam

      John Have you ever "made a job" I am a small business owner and this president has me and a lot of the people who own small businesses, the people that really make jobs, very scared. Yes John most jobs are made by small businesses. Not the government. Obama does not sit around and read resumes. We "the job makers", small business owners, feel he is the wrong person for the job and his policies are killing the country. Instead of talking about making jobs and building the economy, we the small business owners, the ones that make a majority of the real jobs in the country, are scared. Do you know what fear does to a small business owner? Fear of a president that they feel is driving the country off a cliff. Well John, It makes them not want to make jobs but to protect themselves, not take risks and not make jobs. If you ever made a job you would understand.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  72. ipmutt

    Obama go away. You will do nothing of value to generate jobs. Government doesn't do that. The stimulus showed that. Learn and go away. Don't use this theme to raise taxes. America do not vote for this dork next tiem.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      the government is the largest employer in America...

      August 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Scott Key

      Easy to say Go Away...but enlighten us please...who would you replace him with?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  73. Not fooled

    There is plenty of blame to go around and from what I am reading here you all blame the President alone. Well that's not how it works. Its Congress. Yes he has been making speeches and saying what he wants to do but they keep blocking it. If they are against this job package they won't put it to a vote. Then what? The House sets the agenda. They put the bill up to be voted on. If the bill doesn't make it to the floor or it does but does not pass -What is President Obama to do?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • John

      admit that he failed miserably in the first two years of his Presidency when he shoved health care down our throats and more wars.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • FedUPwithFEDS

        Well said! "They" don't wish to hear the truth tho so please refrain from any honest statements when Obama is the subject. Keep stating the facts and before the day is out, you'll be a racists as well. lol

        August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Scott Key

        Oh, please John. Spare us from the Republican FOX NEWS talking points. And what wars are you talking about? If you are referring to Libya, please educate yourself....it was a NATO action...and the oversight of the UN.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • feduptaxpayer

      Ok – so are you saying you are blaming the Democratic controlled congress for Obama's first 2 years?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • David S.

      If they didnt block Obama we would be living the socialist manifesto by now. Taxes would be sky high, debt 10 times higher, and the government would be all powerful.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • Laverne

        Hey, David S......The richest country in Europe, the one with low debt, taxes, the best currency, most manufacturing is Germany and they are Socialist. I don't recommend it for U.S, but don't knock things before you look them up.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • Mikey

        Obama has proposed and signed tax break after tax break. The only tax "increase" he has pushed for is to let the intentionally temporary tax reductions on the top 1% to expire as was planned in the original bill 10 years ago. Since the top 1% pay a lower average tax rate than the middle class, this only seems right. Unless, of course, you are in the top 1%. If your not, well....

        August 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • San Diego

        Are you all on glue? Why are so many of you SUDDENLY paying attention. This is the result of YEARS of crap, not just the past two and a half, or the past 4 or even the past ten. You are outt of your mind if you think Obama will change things over night, or in a few years- especially when the Republicans say what he does is wrong (even if it was started by Bush- think 9/11 Service Day) no matter what it is. The Congress writes the laws. So let's hold their feet to the fire too. Write a jobs bill that has actions and results in it. (And no, the answer is NOT more Tax Breaks- take Econ 101 folks.)

        August 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      SO TRUE!~! Blitzer should have noted this! Why he chose to leave out this VERY IMPORTANT factor leaves questions for me. I'm not fooled either!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • russell clunan

      The democrats controlled congress and the presidency for two years and really did nothing but add trillions to the debt. Not exactly a great record

      August 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • k210

      Hey!!! Excellent comment that has always been my stance on President Bush! It wasn't his policies that caused the housing burst or the bank failures resulting in the recession it was the policies and laws passed by the democratically majority held House and Senate for 6 years and not the President. I AGREE!!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  74. Don

    His SPEECH is a make or break moment? Should we not grade a President on their actions rather than the quality of their speeches?

    People (myself included) voted for Obama because of his way with words and his promises for change. Well change we got, just not what we had counted on.

    He came into a rotten situation to be sure, but his actions have not produced quality results. President Obama got his way for the first two years of his presidency, passed the legislation that he wanted and yet here we are. Would McCain/Palin have done better? Probably not, but thats besides the point. Obama's policies have failed, plain and simple.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Doreen

      very well said....

      August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Pixie

      Taht was well said and I am certain represents the feelings on many – whether they admit it or not.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  75. Dub1045

    He may as well not bother then, unless he is going to lift the permitting constraints in the GOM and let the offshore oil industry go back to work.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  76. Pixie

    Please – another speech. He should have applied for the job as a diplomate where he would doing nothing but give speeches. His jobs will is 2 1/2 years too late. He, and those idiots Pelosi and Reid, should have made job creation thier number one prioirty when they had both the house and the senate at their disposal. They messed up – no amount of pep talk off a prompter is going to salvage that error.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  77. DMan

    HOUSING BUBBLE MUST BE ADDRESSED...Why can't we spend a few billion to help homeowners but will give Trillions to Wall Street Fat Cats... I don't get a bail out.... one system for one set of Americans...one system for the rest.
    and TOO BIG TO FAIL is still out there

    August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • John

      I have been paying my mortgage for 18 years without help. You should have bought a smaller house. If you want help, you are no better then those in Washington.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Dan

      Do I get money since I did not move into a house I could not afford and paid my mortgage off early, or do I get to contribute to that billions to homeowners who did? I think I know the answer.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  78. lionhart

    The president can't spend any money or make any laws. That is the job on congress and congress has not been doing it's job. If you want to get mad at someone get mad at congress!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Pixie

      Yes, but he is the top dog of his party. Seems to me that he let Pelosi and Reid walk all over him. Not admirable!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      AMEN! Now if only everybody would realize this, including Blitzer.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • robin sestero

      very true. a lot of people knowingly spent past their means; that is not the problem of the taxpayers or the federal government.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  79. john

    Hard to convince anyone at this point. Fro example, he said couple months ago that "India provides jobs for us" while in reality lots of IT jobs are outsourced to India.
    Just keep talking, no one is listening. Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  80. Polly

    and as usual you are mistaken.Unemployment levels will make or break Obama's presidency.Speech?It's only a speech, it does not change anything in the long run.People,who is out of jobs are sick and tired of empty promises and speeches.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  81. John

    Already broken

    August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  82. The Treasonous Right

    "They really want action"
    This is impossible with a GOP/Teaparty that's doing everything they can to keep an economic recovery from taking hold. If they passed good jobs legislation the instant they came to office in 2010, it would have worked in the president's favor. From the beginning of Obama's presidency, it has been their number one objective to create an terrible atmosphere for Obama to govern in. These actions by the right should be dealt with as treason!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Lagos

      Yay, let's charge everyone with a dissenting opinion with treason!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Chris

      Treason? Perpetual deficit spending is a twisted form of taxation without representation. The government over spent by almost $5000/per citizen this year. That is wrong!!! Why don't you feel violated? Obama (and Bush for that matter) will tie every spending increase with something noble and good. It is not good to indebt a people without their permission no matter how great the cause.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Charlie

      It is the left who is obstructing the drilling of oil and the building of pipelines that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Excessive regulations, high taxes, and high wages (all staples of the left) have driven the jobs away.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Kim H

      And, what is your excuse for the 2 years the Dems controlled BOTH houses of Congress and POTUS?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Thunderbolt

      Why don't you try being honest about the situation. Obama set the tone with the health care reform. If Obama would actually push a Bill that would help the economy instead of destroying it, it might be different. Not to mention Pelosi, Reid, and Obama's cronies talking trash about Americans 24/7. I wouldn't vote for another democrat simply for the fact I seen and heard them the last three years with my own eyes and ears.The media can't spin what people already knows.Obama's make and break time came and went, while he was on one of his vacations. Not to mention he scheduled this on the same night the Republicans are having their debate.....coincidence? Yeah, just like his bus tour. I think I'll watch the republican debate. At least it is people who are trying to fix something besides their political agenda.Now he wants another stimulus to artificially prop up the economy long enough to get re-elected for another term. Then he will ignore the economy once more, and finish ruining America.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      I agree! Congress is to BLAME! Obama put his recommendations on the table during his first 100 days in office, yet Congress DID NOTHING! Every member of CONGRESS NEEDS TO GO! They have been the downfall of this Country with their deregulation of banks, lower taxes and loopholes for corporations, funding unnecessary (and false) wars, allowing companies to take jobs overseas, etc. The list of legislation they have passed is endless and full of flaws that have allowed this Country to fail its citizens and bring us down. WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION, no matter what report comes out of Washington.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • That's It

      You have hit the nail Right On the Head! What more can be said! End of story!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  83. VC

    I am sure one of the White House aids will come up with a really good speech for him. And I am sure the teleprompter programmer will make sure it is all programmed in the teleprompter computer correctly so that he will look amazingly good.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • SickofPettyBS

      the snarky teleprompter remarks are getting old on here. Why such petty childish remarks? It would almost hold water if he was the only president in U.S. history to ever use one. We know that this is not the case (Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, etc etc).
      Why waste your time with this crap? Talk about some real issues – or is it that you don't know how to intelligently discuss real issues?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  84. dowdotica

    Why, when I read there is a glut of corporate profits, is it the presidents "job" to put people back to work? What ever happened to made in America and a genuine concern and ethic that once made this nation the envy of the world when it came to life style and standard of living. The president does not hire and fire people. The president doesn't move jobs over sea. The president does not run, say General Electric, or Exxon Mobile or for that matter Wal-Mart. The president is not the bank that hold us by the balls in indebtness. Here's a good one for all y'all. When I was 16 I had a 2.95 an hour job in 1978, 2 raises later i was at $3.15, in 4 months. The grill chef made 8.50-10.00. I wanted that gig! We had by standards of the day a generous employer when today the grill chef at Denny's is still making only 10.00-12.00 an hour. I'd say that's pretty pathetic. Meanwhile I am quite confident that the owners of corporations are doing quite well indeed as I drive through Naples in California and dream of that $3,000,000 house with a $3,000,000 yacht parked in the front. Its really a matter of hard core class division and the middle class that good employers once "helped" is now little more then a dwindling into serfdom as we more and more place importance on generating income in the stock market more over just working for a living and helping each other out. From from the america I thought I was going to be a part of back when I was a kid. Sad indeed. Sounds more to me like the rebumblicans and sell out demoquacks need to get off the corporate shill wagon and get back to working for the people!! Dowd out!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Thomas Jones

      "What ever happened to made in America and a genuine concern and ethic that once made this nation the envy of the world when it came to life style and standard of living." Unions are what happened.
      I want Davis Bacon repealed. I want road construction and maintenance to be free of union coercion and corruption. I want highway projects that actually finish, unlike corruptocrat areas like Chicago where projects seem to last forever without completion. And I want approvals streamlined so that 10 years and tens of millions aren't added to the front of every project for "impact studies" and other incredibly wasteful regulatory hurdles.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  85. DMan

    The republican may win and then what..more joblessness then before? It took more then three years to get in this mess. we need to decide on a path for the future and stay on it. But before any republicans start drooling over the Presidential seat....all you will see is FILIBUSTERER after FILIBUSTER from Dems.... "whats good for the goose is good for the gander"....the days of getting something done in Washington has been over for years...WAKE UP

    August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Pixie

      That is precisely WHY people need to wake up and start monitoring every little back room deal, behind closed doors deal etc. Starting and the local level working up. So much crap is done and people do nothing. People need to hold EVERY elected offiical accountable. We are losing our shirts and they, as in politicians, become rich. Ye olde scratch my back and I will scratch yours – only nowadays it involves million through corporations. Nothing will change until people stand up and truly, truly start changing it. First up – vote those out who participate in questionable behavior. I'll start with not paying taxes – Geitner, Rangel!

      August 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Thunderbolt

      What filibusters? Name me one time this year the republicans used a filibuster. You can't, your just repeating the liberal talking points, with no proof, and no chance at finding any. Thats how liberals roll. Kinda like the tea party stopped them from passing legislation when they had a super majority. They can't talk about Obama's policies because they have all been failures. Somebody, please name me one Bill that Obama has had that had a positive outcome. And I hope some liberal brings up Health care reform. What a bunch of wasteful legislation. It didn't even address bringing down cost and now the CBO finally admits they got the numbers wrong(imagine that) If you want to know what brought down our economy look no farther than Fannie, Freedie, Acorn and other dem projects that was ill conceived, underplanned, underfunded, and robbbed every time it had an extra nickle in it.Politicians make me sick, but Democrats go a step further. They rob you , insult you, call you names, then ask you to give more, and finally vote for them. The only thing lower, is someone who backs their Un-American views, in my book.Please hold your breath till I cast a vote for you......please......

      August 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  86. truth talker

    Since when do we expect the government to create jobs. Why you harassing obama when you should be harassing big banks and oil companies, right-wingnuts.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Chris

      We've been expecting politicians to make jobs for almost a century. You tell your people on the left to stop expecting such things from the politicians and I'll tell my friends on the right. This is not the job of the Compander-And-Chief. All he is supposed to do is keep us safe, veto, and appoint judges. Obama/Bush seem to think it is also their constitutional duty to find ways to spend as much money as possible.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  87. Ronnie Roberts

    He's become the new Bush with all his speeches,except the word fumbling is in a different way.....

    August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  88. Words

    Pay attention to the blockades you losers.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  89. SAM

    We can reduce unemploymnet hammering us for the last 3 years by reducing the work visa's issued to bring in labourers from Overseas..There are around 7 Million Work Visa Holders currently in our country mainly from India working in our country. they had stolen our jobs for the last 10 years..by overseas and american MNC being allowed to Import into our Country in H1B/L1 and B1 Visa..These companies lay off american workforce and is being replaced by this cheap work force on our own country..We can entirely reduce this unemployment and bring the unemploiyment rate to less than 5%, if we act on these visa folks..Like cancelling those visa's(existing and new) or increasing the fees to say $30K/Year..so companies cannot play the cheap game and these companies, India based or American MNC or other Asian companies end up recruiting US Citizens..This is a Proven solution and this is the Only solution Mr President to reduce unemployment..We just need a Year of implemnetation of this restriction..We can get back to normal and if then if there are more demand than supply we can start thinking of Importing these visa folks...

    THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION AND THIS IS ONLY RIGHT THING TO DO TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT..WE ARE ASKING TO IMPLEMENT THIS JUST FOR A YEAR.. so american workforce(us citizens) can do knowledge transfer from those existing folks and start working all over again..

    August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • AK

      Hi Sam,

      7 Million on non- immigrants visa? I think you are listing too much of lou dobbs KOOL AID. Visa numbers are capped to 85,000/Yr & Fewer L1 & B1 are purely Business/Vistors. I am not denying that visa is mis-used & it continued to be misued in diffent categories but i am sure there are less than half million on these visa's. Alos remeber if you send them home remember these guys will take the jobs with them to their home country. Real plan should be American jobs should be done in America without increasing the visa numbers. This will increase jobs in long term.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Anthony

      Excellent solution! Lazy, self-entitled Americans can't compete with other people of the world, so let's just get rid of free trade and make it illegal for other people to compete with us! The sudden lack of competition will be great for our economy! /sarcasm

      August 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  90. GoFaster58

    Another speech of lies and promises that won't be kept. How much is this going to cost us? I'll be watching the Westerns Channel.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  91. LK2

    I'm leaning towards "break" because nothing's been done yet, so how would he convince Americans the job market will gain strength? Words don't cut it anymore. SHOW us.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  92. phil bowman

    Good Bye Barry you make us cry! Because when it comes to jobs you tell a lie.....When time is up you will be gone! Good Bye Barry....Goodbye!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  93. ttrumbo

    'make or break' 14 months before the election? 'Only a fool predicts the future' Confucious

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  94. TexanBoy

    I have full faith on my President and he is doing GREAT job in this tough time. I salute you Mr. President !!!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Suz

      Are you talking about the president of your fraternity? Or your local bank, perhaps? Because you sure can't be talking about the president of the U.S..

      August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  95. DMan

    We have a consumer based economy, our largest trade partner (Europe) is going through default worries of there own and growth has slowed to a snail's pace in all emerging markets for the most part. We are totally screwed thanks to free trade agreements where the only thing that is free is the raping we get..US NEVER has won with those agreements. Our greatest debt collector artificially controls their currency while ours keeps dropping. There are too many issues and too little real ideas. FLAT TAX...do it, get rid of loop holes, tax incentives to companies that ship US jobs overseas.. and get back to "built in America" Before we can do that HELLO we need education..not GUT education. Be smart..those jobs that left aren't coming back and the wave is the FUTURE....we need new work force. GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF VIDEO GAMES AND INTO HIS MATH BOOK...hell we have to bring in doctors/engineers from other countries to fill ours...SAD

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  96. ArtInChicago

    Well done is better than well said. I'm sure you miss your majority Mr. President, but even with the current Congress, you better come big, bad, and bold. Otherwise, you come off as the guy we have all went to school with or worked with, one who talked a good game but never delivered on anything of substance.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  97. Mark L. (Hagerstown, MD)

    I think the one major factor that most people fail to realize is that President Obama is doing everything within his means to improve the overall state of the economy, to include reigning in unemployment. However, a Democratic President can only do so much with a Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate.

    Question to my Republican peers – Do you honestly think Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or any other current contender for the 2012 Presidential election will be capable of doing any better once he / she is elected to the highest office? I think not, especially if this supposed elected Republican President must grapple with a Democratic controlled House and/or Senate.

    The party system is broken. Republicans and Democrats just cannot come to terms. As a result, people will need to vote in the majority of one party or the other for the Congressional House, Senate and, of course, the White House. That's the only way things are going to get done, going forward. It's sad, but most assuredly becoming a reality in our land of opportunity.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • kris

      and what did he do when democrats controlled both the house and the senate?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Anthony

      I disagree. I don't care if my elected representative calls themself a democrat or republican, and there is nothing wrong with our party system. The problem is that we continually elect lawyers and career politicians who have little experience with the world of work or creating jobs in the private sector. We elect college students. We elect thinkers, rather than doers. We've gone down a dangerous road to socialism, and things will only get better when we start educating each other instead of letting over-regulated public schools educate for us.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • k210

      Mark, Hate to say it but you're an idiot, plain and simple. You're Nobama didn't get anything positive done when he had a majority in the House and Senate, you're theor and line of thinking is dead before it can get off the ground.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  98. truth talker

    how can he find the millions of rejects like you out there a job

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  99. pam

    In this story it does not mention that there is a scheduled republican debate that night which has been on the calandar for months. Obama has done nothing about jobs since election, goes on a long vacation, then comes back for a couple weeks and then needs to make an urgent speech a WEEK from now? What about today? We need a new leader!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      What have the Republicans, who won the House by promising JOBS JOBS JOBS, done in that time?
      Its pretty easy to throw stones.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • kris

      Totally agree with you, Pam

      August 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  100. AngryMobVoter

    The Republicans in Congress should boycott this speech. This is another example of dirty politics by Obama.

    All Obama is interesting doing is campaigning to the detriment of the American people. Scheduling this at the same time as the debate proves it. And we thought Nixon was bad...

    What Obama is going to do is make a bunch of proposals including more RECKLESS SPENDING and TAX INCREASES that he knows cannot pass the House. Then he will use that outcome to campaign indicating the Republicans are not working to fix the economy. This is DIRTY POLITICS of the highest order. Obama is putting his reelection AMBITION ahead of what is good for the country. Getting elected is more important than the SUFFERING of the American people to Obama. This COMPLETE DISREGARD for the welfare of the American people shows how urgent it is to vote Obama out of office.

    Obama has made it clear he plans to spend $1 BILLION to try to get reelected. Spending $1 BILLION while the American people are suffering shows how out of touch Obama is. Having the taxpayers pay for what was just a campaign trip shows his disdain for the suffering of the American people.

    The fact is the American economic problems will never be solved. All of the people living off the governments dime (welfare, food stamps, government employees, etc.) will continue to vote for the SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS. The SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS will continue to vote for the maintenance and extension of these programs so they can keep getting elected. It is a downward spiral with no viable solution unless all of us not living off the government’s dime vote 100% to replace the SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS.

    Obama engaged in a reckless stimulus spending plan which only did more harm than good. That money was used to offset financial mismanagement at the state level. The projects that were funded by that money only gave a temporary increase in business to certain businesses but BUSINESS DID NOT CREATE PERMANENT JOBS TO MEET THAT DEMAND. Why? Because the stimulus was a temporary increase in spending and did not represent a long term increase in business. Businesses met that one time increase without hiring many people. The reckless stimulus spending did not create an investment opportunity for business. The only way we will see real, long term growth in jobs is if we eliminate the oppressive regulation of business (not Wall Street), change the tax structure so it is comparable to other countries, allow businesses the flexibility to make labor more efficient and STOP THE SPENDING.

    Printing money did not work because interest rates were already as low as they could go. More dollars chasing the same amount of good and service means price increases not more jobs.

    Our bloated and inefficient government is what is thwarting job and economic growth and the reckless stimulus spending and the reckless printing of money have not and will not do anything to fix it.

    Obama is so h*ll bent of "taxing the rich" (whatever that means) because it is a campaign strategy not because it is good for the country. Obama is obsessed with getting reelected so he can ram more of his "hope and change" left-wing, near socialistic programs into law. The Democrats with Obama in charge will continue to spend and spend. More and more social programs will mean more and more people with little incentive to work and more and more voters living off the programs advocated by the SPEND, PRINT, REGULATE, and TAX DEMOCRATS . His "taxing the rich" attitude will send more and more jobs out of the country.

    Mr. Obama: stop campaigning, stop SPENDING, TAXING, and REGULATING and do what is good for the country.

    We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • ArtInChicago

      Wha?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Scott Key

      After reading your rant, I can easily believe you are a Mob voter... I have never read such ill-iinformed poppycock in my life...and I have been voting since 1968! Put away your anger and ask yourself one honest question, "Has this President gotten all the cooperation he can get from House and Congressional Republicans?" If your answer is in the affirmative, I will leave you to return back to earth, friend.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      Tax the rich. Feed the poor. Send China packing. Take corruption out of our government. Stop sending our jobs overseas.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Mikey

      I think you need to lay off the tea. You do, however, score points for the sheer volume of empty talking points.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
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