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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. JeffinIL

    It's the president's responsibility to do something about jobs? Like what? He can only hire so many nannies for his children.
    He cannot introduce legislation.
    He cannot vote on a single bill.
    AND jobs aren't the responsibility of congress either.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  2. George

    All we need now is another distraction from GOP about Spending, instead of concentrating on job creation.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  3. American

    If president Obama. Want to make a speech he is the president and he has the right to make speech when he wants to these Republican have nothing else to do and just complain. Work with the president work with Democrats fix the economy. Republican stop fighting work with each other don't forget we put u in Congress we can also take away the seat from you.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Adam Modelski

      I don't care who you vote for as president. But if you vote for any congressional incumbent, you are voting for the status quo

      August 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • egm11

      when is the first nfl game. would that be on the night he has chosen for his big speech? good luck with that. i would rather watch any nfl teams play each other than watch alfred e. newman discuss something he knows nothing about. even if it were not on opening night, i would watch mary poppins instead. obama has nothing worth listening to except i resign.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  4. robert fitz

    This black moses had promised to lead us out of the desert to the promised land. Well we are still in slavery-maybe not to the pharoh but from a government that is as inept as its educational system. And for those Americans who believe that government has the answers to all our problems had better find a new leader with a different tablet of stone to write on.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • GVetearn

      If anyone has any doubts that there is still racism, they simply need to read your ignorant comment. Again this President of the United States has taken the high road and shown the childish games the GOP is playing.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Rob in FL

    Balance the TRADE-DEFICIT that went from $86 billion to $816 billion a year and the rest of the problems will balance themselves. Unfortunately corporate & foreign lobbyists, and the politicians they back would rather see the country and its citizens starve rather than give up the cheap overseas labor.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  6. Reality1

    Make or break? A 3 year late speech about jobs won't MAKE up for the economic disaster that Obama has produced. No amount of teleprompter reading and blaming others for his failures will MAKE up for Obama's failures.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  7. mikenfrisco

    I'm a moderate but lean conservative. I, for the life of me, can't figure out out why liberals demonize the GOP/tea party for blocking everything Obama wants to pass. A) the Dems had control over both houses for two years and B) so if someone stands up for the principles in office and it goes against the Dems they are unreasonable and looking to sabatoge? The arrogance of the Obama/Dem. side of Congress is rather arrogant. No?

    August 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  8. Joe

    I have a better Idea for Obama. Write a jobs bill and send it to Congress. NO PODIUM NEEDED.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • smc

      Obama has already sent multiple jobs bills to Congress this year. Republicans said no to all of them. He needs the podium so folks like Joe here aren't so ignorant.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Smokeythebear

    OOOOOH Wonderful!!! Another empty speech full of promises and blame. Just what we need to get this country back in shape. And why is he doing this speech??? Cause he knows HIS ass is on the line and he may not be reelected due to our countries horrible job growth. Instead of focusing on creating jobs ("In the worst rescission since the great depression") Mr. Obama has focused all of his time in programs that will only cost our nation trillions we dont have. Why did you focus on healthcare reform so much Mr. President instead of focusing on job creation. Did your healthcare reform create any new jobs as you promised??? What a joke!!!! Its only three years later that you decided to finally tackle the biggest problem facing our nation today, JOBS NOT HEALTHCARE you IDIOT!!!! AMERICANS WANT JOBS NOT NICE TO HAVE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE!!! If I had a job, then I could afford my own healthcare!!!! Obama is a complete ignorant phoney, who due to the overwhelming negative responses to this post, will more than likely be a one term loser!!!

    WE TRIED THE EXPERIMENT, AND IT FAILED HORRIBLY, PLEASE AMERICA LETS NOT DO IT AGAIN BY VOTING IN UNQUALIFIED HOLLYWOOD POLITICIANS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE ANYMORE (SARAH PALIN) LETS PICK A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE WITH A SUCCESS RECORD, NOT A GREAT SPEECH AND PUBLIC APPEARANCE!!! I AM SIC AND TIRED OF HOLLYWOOD POLITICIANS THAT HAVE NO REAL EXPERIENCE OR QUALIFICATION TO TAKE ON THE MOST IMPORTANT AND DIFFICULT JOB IN THE WORLD!!!! WOULD YOU HIRE AN OUT OF TOUCH CELEBRITY TO RUN YOU BUSINESS??? THEN WHY THE HELL ARE WE HIRING THEM TO RUN OUR COUNTRY!! POLITICIANS LIKE OBAMA AND SARAH PALIN MAKE ME SIC!!!! GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY, SARAH, GO BACK TO TEACHING IN SCHOOL, AND OBAMA, GO BACK TO BEING A WORTHLESS UN-OPINIONATED SENATOR!!! AND DO THIS COUNTRY A REAL FAVOR!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • BillInLA

      Smokey,
      I agree that jobs are more important than health care, but you delude yourself if you think it is affordable. We also need an affordable health care system. You can't work if you're dead.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Really?

    lets face it... BOTH side are playing politics. His "choice" of dates was to send a message... their response... another. Both sides just showed they could care less about the public. I would rather see action rather then lip service anyway. I will be looking at job postings regardless of the day he gives his speech.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  11. unionguy

    Obama's plan– Borrow more money from China. Blame Bush, Blame Tea Party,Borrow more from China, Blame Bush,Blame Tea Party Borrow money from China............

    August 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  12. lisa2010

    i just seen an interview of Huntsman, and he wants washington to lower the taxes for larger corporations..it was on cnn i forget who was the interviewer, but they asked him why is his company is in China and India.. and he hires the chinese and indians at his corporations there.. he was asked why he doesn't hire from americans, he said because of the regulations.. not so patriotic, isn't it, low labor and more profits for their pockets.. i wouldn't be surprise if the other republicans have big corporations in other foreign countries.. no thanks, republicans.. I'm for Obama, warts and all...

    August 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  13. mike

    Speech of lies.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  14. redsled

    it doesn't matter what he says,the left and right spin machines will tell us what to think.remember,a progressive is evil.party makes no difference.good night sheeple.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  15. mikle

    I don't remember time when president made speech after speech. This Obama love and don't do anything but speech after speech. His kva-kva-kva-go without any more attention . I don't watch him anymore. Again I will, I do,I promise, I see, I create, I look, I took, and I.. pook. Nobody take this kva-kva-kva seriously.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Mike

      He does like to talk a lot. It's his greatest talent.

      But, like I said just after his election: now we see how he does with people who aren't swayed by flowery prose.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  16. John

    Thats all he can do!!! For the country, don't waste ur breath obo

    August 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  17. james

    Glad he is finally getting around to making a speech about jobs. It is about time.

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

      Agreed, may the president should also review work visa program from India not to allow too many american jobs to be taken here and abroad.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Mat

        @hugo. India is not the one stealing jobs. The largest component of jobs in US is manufacturing and construction. Most of it has gone to China. The entire IT revenue from all sources outsourced to India is 65 billion. US has a 2 trillion dollar deficit with China. Who took your jobs. Dont be a dunce.

        August 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • John

      he's been making thEm for 2 years!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  18. Craig

    What do we need another speech for? How about giving us a plan and actually doing something. All we seem to get is a bunch of hot air. Actions always speak louder than words and we are not seeing much action lately. Tired of the same old BS. Good of the President to come up with a plan almost 3 years in to his Presidency. What a JOKE!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • Name*paige1

      Your the joke, President Obama had been butting heads with the GOP & the tea party nitwits. Responsible government is what we need, but the tea party has its head up its but

      August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
      • bjeff68

        Always someone else's fault huh? The rallying cry of so called Democratic leadership!

        September 1, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  19. Chuck

    Pressure? There is no pressure on this fraud. He could recite the dictionary and the media will fawn and praise, and wonder at the awsome-ness of The One. The only reason Wolf is saying this is to prepare the followers for the rapture.

    Pressure? Not if the treasonous main stream media has anything to do with it.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Conrad

      CNN commenting forums are where the most bigoted and least educated go to scream their furies, especially when they're incorrect. That means you, Chuck.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
      • JENA

        Ha! Conrad, you've got that right! The venom spewed on here and elsewhere is truly amazing. You can tell they all think if they spray enough on Obama that it'll stick and we'll vote him out of office. Well, I ain't buying. I may not agree with everything about Obama (and with his odd 'negotiating' techniques) but I will support him. He sees the big picture and is a vast improvement on the freakshow that is the current GOP.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
      • bjeff68

        Oh how true! I remember that when Bush was president you liberals were just sooo respectful and offered nothing but words of encouragement. Give me a break!

        September 1, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • RMATTEN

      Shades of Rick Perry!!! disgusting!!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  20. ItsIn theAir

    Meanwhile, the Republicans suffering from a bad case of intestinal gas retention are finally going to let it all OUT and relieve themselves in concert the same day on stage and all one can do is hold their nose!

    August 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Mike

      That's the best you can do?

      August 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  21. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    I thought the Free Market was supposed to supply the jobs?
    Where's the Free Market? Where are our jobs that we're supposed to get from the Bush era tax cuts?
    Didn't republicans bring our government to the brink of default, because we don't have money? And now the people that elected these idiots into congress want the government to do something about jobs!?

    August 31, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Craig

      I know one thing. If I had more money I would spend more money. I know this is difficult to understand. The more I pay to the government to waste is less money I have to spend. Maybe we should just give all of our money to the government and let them spend it for us. Wait that is Obamas plan.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • Ben Jordan

        You pay ZERO in federal taxes... if you did pay federal taxes then you would still have money to spend... no tax cut will put money in your pocket.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
      • Adam Modelski

        I agree with you. Our economy needs more people spending more money. Ideally, this would be for more goods and services originating in our country. So what can the president do? He is the commander in chief and he has a veto pen. Hmmm. Other than making speeches and using his position as a bully pulpit I don't see much that he can do.
        Congress controls the purse strings. Congress passes the laws. Congress creates the budget. Congress controls immigration. Congress controls trade. Really, unless he/she is truly radical it doesn't matter who the president is. It is a lot more signifigant who is in Congress. I believe President Obama is a good man and is trying to do the right thing for our country. I do not trust any of the other candidates for President. I think it makes sense to re-elect Obama and to give the rest of Congress (100%) their walking papers.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Mike

      The 'Free Market,' as you put it, is deeply worried about where BO and his people are taking us.
      So, they sit on their money, waiting for the rainy day.
      No money spent, no growth, No growth, no jobs.

      Funny isn't it, how people seem to assume that *governments* create jobs. . . .

      August 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
      • Adam Modelski

        OK, great, I'm rich!!! I can't wait to let other people share in my wealth! Oh, the president is black. Oh, he's a Democrat. Take it back, I'm keeping my money (normal human behavior)

        August 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
      • Not so

        Oh, yeah? So the free market were creating a lot of jobs in Bush/Republicans years because of the certainty? I don't think so. Free market is creating a lot of jobs in other countries that were not as free as ours because we allow the free market outsourced it to the countries with the cheapest labor cost. Those jobs are not coming back unless our wage get so low that it matches those countries.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • George

      In India

      August 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  22. SCNTEXAS

    Oh.....and also Mr. Blitzer.......this cannot be "Make or Break". This administration is long broken and cannot be repaired by a simple speech.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  23. Peikovian

    What business can't do for a profit, gov't can only do at a loss. This creates deficits, financed by tax revenues and by borrowing. Both methods take funds that could otherwise have gone into business reinvestment. Lack of reinvestment dooms industry to obsolescence, failure and unemployment. Gov't creates unemployment then argues for more power with which to combat it. BHO just appointed a new Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors who believes a hike in mimimum wages will increase jobs while leaving minimum wages unchanged will decrease jobs. The administration has no ideas regarding unemployment worth hearing.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  24. joesmith

    yes, move the speech..he has an obligation to assure the American people something is about to be done.and he wants each of us to be able to absorb for ouselves the viability of his words..yes, it is a cross roads speech..he has, to this point, done nothing substancial..even the black caucus is fuming..look, foreign aid, agricultural subsities, the war at $12 million a day..no government can sustain this expeniture, this speech better have some meat on the bone, or he may be a one term president..

    August 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Jimbo

      Yes, move it to Thursday. Most of us will be watching the Packers-Saints game. Or put on at 3 in the morning when the couch potato, welfare recipients will will be up & watching while the working people will be asleep. Nothing he says matters anyway because he has NO clue!

      August 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  25. SCNTEXAS

    I cannot believe the people who are blaming the Republicans of playing politics. Do you not think for a moment that the President didn't know there was a debate on the same night? This is the most ridiculous regard for the other Presidential candidates I have ever seen. Further, I can't wait to find out which of the candidates is going to replace this Bozo!

    I voted for the man. I also donated money to his campaign. I'm the second biggest fool in the nation. The biggest is currently serving a single term in the White House.

    Finally, who wants to hear another one of his ridiculous, Bush-blaming, tirades anyway? I'm sick of hearing how horrible the things he "inherited" actually were. If he didn't have a better grasp before he was elected......he should have stayed in Chicago. What a bitter disappointment.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • The Last True American

      Amen,

      Pray he leaves soon and goes back to corrupt IL. How many governers are in prison? Land of Lincoln Losers. Shame

      August 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      Lot of right wing bilge on this matter...oh....it can be forgiven...it's from Texas.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Nancy P

    We have control of the unions. We own the poor with our welfare programs. Our unemployment numbers are vast so those minions vote for us to just keep receiving the benifit checks. We have the black vote just because. We have the cash. Fear is our power. Vote Democratic it is the new social order. Money for no output. The American way. Be Proud and follow little sheep.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  27. He's Yours

    Republicans, Like it or not, Obama is YOUR PRESIDENT and Will Be For Another Four Years! End of Story!

    August 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • mikle

      No ,he is not. America cannot afford another 4 y. for this lair to be in w.h. His promises ,just lie and nothing else.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
      • Poor Mikle

        Ah, fickle Mikle with his "lair" pretending to be rich with a Republican flair that will turn out to be a NIGHTMARE!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • unionguy

      Not going to happen. The liar will be out next Nov.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
      • ed galbraith

        And which Mr. Crappants will the GOP run against the Pres.?

        August 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  28. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    Lot's of people think obama is a muslim because the news media like CNN doesn't bother standing up for the facts and allows the right wing of our politics to dictate the direction of the discussion. Two years into the presidency and CNN was still posting articles about it because they devote so much of their coverage to quotes from people, instead of objective reporting.

    The right wing is woefully uninformed, thinking that obama is a socialist that has policies in place kill american jobs. They don't even remember the stimulus package or how it was watered down. And you have the NERVE to say this speech is a make it or break it moment? Because what we need right now is more hype from the news media, not facts or objective points of view, but a sensationalized make it or break it moment.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • unionguy

      i don' care of he's muslim or not. he's simply in over his head his first "stimulus" was a waste- all it did was add a trillion dollars to the debt.- he had two years with the dems having control of both houses he could have passed whatever he wanted -he did nothing- he had no ideas for the economy NONE!! – he spent two years on health care

      August 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  29. Raymond A. Foss

    President Obama – Just submit the plan, get the legislation rolling, make a speech, roll up your sleeves and work with the subcommittees and chairmen and chairwomen on the Hill and get it done. Don't wait for a joint session of Congress in 7 days (or more); just lead.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • unionguy

      almost 3 years in- he has not been a leader so far

      August 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  30. Apartisan

    Why is this a make or break speech?

    What will break if Republicans attack all Obama proposals? It would be news if they don't - gotta scoop Wolf?

    August 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  31. reader10

    That what he's good in SPEECHES.He should start his own church,no problem with followers.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • flyingram

      It's probably not a good idea for Barrack to start his own church. It would invite comparisons to the person he referred to as his "mentor" - you know that fellow who preached virluent racism, Rev. Wright (and who Obama reluctantly decided he had to "distance himself" from the pastor.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • rker321

      You said church? I though you believed that he was a muslim. LOL

      August 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  32. unionguy

    three years into his term, and he's finally getting around to his plan. he's in so far over his head!!

    August 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      I suppose you forgot the first stimulus package.
      Or the rail road initiative.
      or how the republicans have fought reasonable policies since the beginning of his presidency. The party of no, remember?

      August 31, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
      • unionguy

        i remember very well. a trillion dollar stimulus that did nothing,(borrowed from china)!! by the way the moron had both houses for the first two years of his term.the party of no had no vote.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Mike

      Hey; everyone wanted a neophyte in the White House, and now everyone's up in arms because he ACTS like a neophyte in the White House.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Debbie

    I strongly disagree with Wolf Blitzer's statement that President Obama should move his speech to Thursday night so as not to conflict with the Republican Debate. If Congress only planned to be in session for 30 minutes to sign a couple of bills, they can plan to come back in earlier and hear President Obama's speech. I wish I could be on vacation for six weeks and then only work 30 minutes on my first day back to work. Sshhh! They should all be fired so they can find out what it's like to work in the real world! (If you can get a job that is!)

    August 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  34. Harry

    You got this one wrong Wolf. Obama's modus operandi has been to deliver speech after speech, and so the credibility
    factor has been exhausted. A speechless is worthless now, maybe it's a campaign thing for him. The only thing that can save him is achieving results and showing the leadership that he promised. 30 months in, and everyone knows he just can't do it. The speech is not a make or break for him, he already broke it, and everyone knows and feels it.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      ..let's see, he's saved the economy from the greatest economic disaster since the great depression. He's killed osama bin laden. He's returned our international standing. He responded to the worst oil spill we had on the continental US. He's also suggested reasonable solutions to our problems at every turn, having to fight for the reasonable solution and not a far left agenda. Oh yeah, and he's passed historical health care legislation.

      ..what HASN'T he done?

      August 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • unionguy

        are you aware that the info leading to bin ladens location came from water boarding?

        August 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
      • Really?

        Dude... what are you reading? So.. uh.. who was the first to talk recession? Obama... then POW... we are "officially" in it. People "feel" things, but like most sheep don't know what it is. You give it a name, and it goes self-fulfilling prophesy. If he understood the POWER of the words before we said them... he may have had a chance to correct the "declining economy"... but why worry about the impact of words on the country... when you "want" something. He had my vote until then... because he proved he didn't have a clue. Also... he didn't kill Bin Laden... our brave soldiers did. He took a chance on intel... yes... risked international "pressure" and a potential slap on the hand... sure...did he risk his life... uh... no...Others did that. And the oil spill… really… what exactly did he do???? Uh… he said BP should take care of it… and THEY did… not him. Finally … not one of his "ideas" has worked so far. So I am not sure about the praise.

        August 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • Ryan

        Yep, Obama sure did save us from an economic disaster, just look at how great the economy is today! I'm glad I no longer have to worry about my house being worth less than it was 2 years ago and it's great that the unemployment rate is dropping so quickly. He's taking care of everything!

        I'm also surprised to hear that he was running around with the SEALs and shot Osama himself instead of allowing his generals to run the operation and then just tell him what they need to do – good for him! No wonder he only worked 4.4 hours per workday in May, all that killing makes you tired!

        He also did do a fantastic job with the failure of a response to the oil spill where they had hundreds of boats and local fisherman willing to help clean up but the Feds gave little to no direction whatsoever – the whole time reporting that 1/10 of the actual flow was leaking out....BRAVO!

        He does have reasonable solutions at ever turn as well, such as taxing the crap out of the people who run this country (top 10 percent of earners already pay 71 percent of all federal taxes) and give it to everyone that sits at home collecting checks, ramming through a health care provision that obliterates the 10th amendment and allows the government to force consumers to purchase a product, allowing the DHS to institute body scanners at airports that completely violate the 4th amendment, and most recently having his underlings in the ATF and DOJ sell guns that end up with Mexican cartels and kill American border agents. You're right, that did indeed boost our international standing with Mexico, that's probably why they're furious with us and demand an explanation for providing the bad guys in their drug war with weapons. I hear Pakistan, Iraq, Indonesia, China, Turkey, and a good portion of Europe are in love with us again as well. That Nobel Peace prize he got for running a great campaign in 2008 really turned the international tide.

        I'll just save the failed attempt to bring the Olympics in 2016, ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, stimulus packages that had virtually no impact, and complete and utter lack of leadership on any national issue for another discussion.
        But your right, he's been great so far...and everyone has just been mean to him....that poor guy, maybe we should put him in office for another 4 years so he can try again.

        August 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
      • Mike

        He 'saved' the economy? The markets trade their way through more money in a DAY than the entire amount of BO's 'rescue' package. In short, his brand-new mountain of debt amounted to little more than a water pistol against a forest fire.
        ....BO killed Bin Laden? I sincerely doubt BO even knows which and of a rifle the bullet comes out of. As I seem to recall it, OBL was killed by a Navy SEAL, acting on information gathered by Military Intelligence and the CIA. All BO did was sit in the corner, keeping out of the pros' way.
        Regarding the oil spill, what was so different from what any president from Teddy Roosevelt forward would have done?
        The 'reasonable solution' to the debt crisis was released by the debt commission last winter. You know, the commission that BO himself created, and then so-very carefully ignored the findings of?
        Oh, and have you ever really looked at the functional diagram for your precious Obamacare? Seriously, it would make a Soviet apparatchik blanch.

        BZZT. Try again.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • ed galbraith

        You're absolutely right. Obama has done everything one can do. He's had to put up with a mix of right-wingers, nuts who spend their time worrying about "big government" and down and our racists...quite a pot of bilge...and this site has tipped the pot so we have it all spelled out. I can tell hatred when I see it.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  35. Jonathan

    Your country has millions of unemployed and the Republicans in congress are still playing politics, not letting your President speak. Thank god I live in Canada where all party leaders put their country first.

    Football and political leadership debates are more important than jobs. In any other country the population would be rioting for jobs.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Ryan

      This president has shown a complete disrespect for Congress so far (not that they deserve much), so why should they change their schedules for him?
      Do you think they forget how he ignores the requirement to seek Congressional approval before military action in another country? How about how he decided he can interpret bankruptcy laws instead of Congress? Or maybe how he pushes through the DREAM act by Executive Order a mere 8 months after it was voted down by the legislature.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • ed galbraith

        C'mon Ryan..."disrespect" that bunch? Not possible. How could you "disrespect" a Republican. Like being "impolite" to a mob.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  36. Apocrypha

    It's irrelevant – in the unlikely event he *does* know what to do to stimulate economic growth that creates jobs (something incredibly unlikely, given we're going through a period of deleveraging, where companies and individuals are using gains to pay down debt), he will propose this plan directly to Congress as a starting point, at which point Republicans will entrench themselves as far to the right as is politically practical. He will then 'compromise' by accepting all of their provisions and pass legislation that is completely ineffective.

    I'm sad to say, as someone who voted for the man, that he has been a huge disappointment. I didn't intend to help elect a moderate conservative – and given how the Republican primaries are going, he'll secure my vote again because the concept of voting someone like Rick Perry into office is horrifying.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Mike

      Hey; everyone wanted a neophyte in the White House, and now everyone's up in arms because he ACTS like a neophyte in the White House.

      Make up your bloody minds, people.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  37. Jason

    Surprised at all the folks speaking so poorly about Obama here.

    Yes, I too am tired of just empty speeches. But that can be said about most of the politicians out there.

    The biggest problem seems to be that when Obama tries to get anything through Congress, the GOP does everything they can to block it. Why don't people realize this?

    August 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • James

      The problem JASON (from above) is NOT that the GOP is stopping his attempts at healing the US. The problem IS that we the majority voted in the GOP to stop his rediculous Socialist agenda. Namely the illegal criminal "health care " fiasco as an example. The problem is he is sooo far left he needs to be stopped.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
      • DDubb

        I don't agree James. Some sort of health care law was and is needed. With everybody required to have it, it will lower costs for all of us. The uninsured are what keep the price of care so high. It's not socialist at all. In the UK they just tax the stuffing out of everybody to have national health care. Nobody calls them socialist. However that model wouldn't work over here. I'm sure there will be tweaks to it as time goes on but something was needed.

        August 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • Howard

        The unconstitutional, corrupt, pork laden, 'pass it to find out what's in it", TRILLION dollar, Obamacare monstrosity isn't a solution to our need to reform our health care in America ... It's using a crisis once again, as a justification to pass some horrible, self-serving legislation, which doesn't even solve America's health care problems ... and, actually makes it worse, while putting us a trillion dollars further in debt.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • DDubb

      You're exactly right Jason!! The GOP celebrated like they had won the super bowl when the gained some seats back in congress . All they've done since is attempt to block EVERY thing he has proposed, and then make it look like he's a ineffective President. The tea baggers have really screwed things up. No matter they'll all be out of office come next November after the debt ceiling debacle. Can you imagine the horror of having ANY of the current GOP candidates in office?

      August 31, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Mike

      Then please explain the first two years of his presidency, when his party had solid majorities in both the House and Senate.

      Loose-leaf notebook version of history again, people?

      August 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  38. GodofHellfire

    "Make or break" time has come and gone. Stop funding Obama's czars. Send spending-cut bills to the Senate. Put all the Senators on record for all those bills. Stop the Socialist revolution now.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  39. Kevin

    Oh, can it, Blitzer. You are the worst kind of horse-race political pundit this side of Faux News.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • flyingram

      The time has come and gone for Obama's speeches, so much so that his reputation as a polished orator are over-shadowed by the teleprompter crutch – oh, dear god not another speech that chip away at his credibility to act decisively.

      PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: Obama has described himself as "leading from behind." Spin, debate, blame game / interject partisanship (plenty of nastiness from both sides), and engage in wishful thinking all you want. The fact is he will be a one term president unless he can demonstrate results.

      Thus, it is a false premise to call this or any of his forthcoming speeches "make or break." He sat on his hands and burned up political capital on Obamacare – with little effort much less results about the declining employment. He bloviated about Lybia, has been on again-off again about both Iraq and Afghamistan, and has not showed one iota of substantive leadership about the border and illegal immigration issue.

      PLEASE readers, let's recognize this is not political smearing nor character destruction of the president. We elected a guy who was a junior senator, with nothing beyond his "community organizer" entry on a light-weight resume. Now – we pay the price...so serious that his own party is taking up sides against him. For example, in an interchange of great discomfort to the White House, the Press Secretary tried unsuccessfully to squirm out of open questions about Ms. Clinton taking Obama on in the Democratic primary.

      How obvious does non-performace have to get before we realize this guy has to be a one term president...

      August 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  40. Mark Mullins

    As to the Prez speech on the 7th – Wake up – wither or not you agree with Obama, he is President! Let the Republicans show a bit of respect for the position . If the President, no matter what party wants to address Congress, he should do so – they can delay the debate 30-45 minutes. After all, that would give them the chance to debate what the President says anyway. It might be interesting to see what they respond with on their feet instead of a calculated and mulled over response.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  41. James Boyd

    Alan Greenspan gave away money to Wallstreet to gamble. They did, he lost, and they propped back up the financiers.
    Government is run by privileged jokers who can't think.It's lobbyists paid by corporations who have at their core G R E E D.
    Greed is not good. We have resources.Cooperation is good. Clean, affordable energy is good.Lets not be hiding our heads
    in the sand or some other place like some others have got theirs.We've got the power to communicate, the Internet, anything we want to, we can place on the ballot and vote for. It's not like we don't have the time and we need to keep
    employed some incompetents to do worse for us than we can do for ourselves.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  42. Mark

    Obama blew any chance of recovery with his anti business stance and wasting almost two years on Obamacare

    August 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • rker321

      You are correct, he lost two years in Health Care Reform trying to have consensus with the Republicans, that was a waste of time. He should have instructed his people in the Democratic Party to simply pass the bill and forget about the Republicans. That way he would have been able to concentrate on all the other things that needed his attention.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • Mike

        No, he shouldn't have even brought that Frankenstein monster up (Did you ever really *look* at Obamacare?) until AFTER the jobs crisis was dealt with. LONG after. As it is, he just dumped another load on an already sputtering economy.

        WHY do you think people aren't HIRING?

        August 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Justinstl

    One main reason there is not enough jobs or no jobs is ...We have too many older people still working, getting paid too much for working at an older mans pace! I was out walking today with a friend of mine and commented this to him as we walked by an ATT truck with a man up a pole who climbed (very slowly) down a ladder and turned towards us ....This man had to be 60 years old if not older.Old people who work at a slower pace(all of then do) should be working at Walmart and McDonalds or a "menial"job...moving over to let the younger man work these jobs who would work the job for half the amount of money more proficiently. If you look around you you will see people near or past retirement ages working jobs that could go to younger people who need the money more than they do.
    Kinda just like our government (congress and senate) jobs nearly all of them are held by old grey haird men,,. nearly half of them are feeble minded anyway.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Mike

      I think Justintl has a very promising future at MacDonalds.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • zoundsman

      File under: The Blame Game. I've seen just as many, fool around slacker youth. Don't count the old farts
      as useless, experience is the most undervalued thing in the absurdity of existence in the modern world.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Retired

      Wow, someone 60 years old that could actually climb a ladder! And still working for a living. That surely is a crime. Why would such an ancient perosn even try to perform such a task. Aren't there safety laws prohibiting someone that OLD from doing such work? You are hilarious!! I retired in May, at 59 1/2 and I still get called twice a week to help my ex-boss and replacement. And my boss tells me that he may need to hire a second person parti-time to fill in to keep things going. If you really believe that someone 60 years old is too SLOW to work, you must be living in some backwards location.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Thomas Jones

      no truer words spoken!

      August 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • DDubb

      That Justin is just flat out ignorant. Nothing replaces job experience. I don't care if you have a Masters Degree in your field, 9 times out of 10 a seasoned worker with 10 years experience on the job is going to run circles around a fresh college graduate. I know, I've hired them. You don't get rid of experience and replace it with a green horn that has a piece of paper.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • Jimbo

        He had probably been playing video games all day and "walked" to the mailbox to see if his govt checks were there yet. Saw this man & said "I could climb a pole & come back down so I could do that job." He doesn't know what this man was doing while he was up the pole. Older workers, as a whole, are an asset to their employers as they have the most experience at what they do. Besides, who wants to hear what Osama has to say? He hasn't been right on anything in two & a half years!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Mike

      Maybe he's climbing poles because some young Wall Street hot-shot incinerated his pension funds.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Elegia More

    Mr. Blitzer, just hear you complaimn that Boehner changed his mind. I should hope so.

    Myself and a million other voters have emailed and called him this afternoon to tell him to REFUSE the President. His determination to play dirty pool and flub up any bit of the competition's campaign, such as a debate, makes me sick to my stomach.

    Again, he changed his mind due to HEAVY DEMANDS FROM THE PUBLIC.

    I'm an Independent but as a mortgage broker for 23 years, I've totally had it with the Democrats.

    Ron Paul 2012, if you value your liberty and property. At least God isn't talking to him nor is he praying for rain.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • J-NW

      Yes, you should urge Ron Paul to run as an Independent. He'll never get the GOP nod (only fundamentalist zealots need apply). He can be the Ralph Nadar of 2012.. i.e. If Nadar didn't siphon votes from Al Gore, we wouldn't be in the horrible economic mess we're in. You call yourself an independent.. yeah right.. you want to turn the country back over to the worst sort that ever ruled this nation. Do you have a short-term memory problem?

      August 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • standingwave

      Did you even bother to ask why the Republicans ran on jobs and so far haven't done one single thing to create them?I thought not.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Wally

      I bet you had with republicans too when George Bush left office with a 25% approval rating. It is sad to see our country's condition and politicians of both parties that refuse to work together. I'll lay most of the blame on republicans, who state their number one goal is to make Obama a one term president. They want us the voters to hand back complete power to them. There is no concern on their part to do anything constructive to bring back jobs. Their best chance of winning the election in 2012 is for America's economy to be crap. Their doing everything they can to make sure it is !! It's time Americans demand some changes in the way our political leaders do business. I would go as far to say our President's should be elected to one 6 year term. The current vice president should not be allowed to run in next election following his term. That way the party not holding presidential power won't have spends so much time trying derail and demonize the current president. Each 6 years would bring totally new candidates for the highest office in the land. With a less serious reward for making the president look bad, perhaps both parties would spend more time working for the nation rather then putting all their efforts into gaining power!!

      August 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  45. Your Daddy

    You all think you have it figured out... but you don't.

    You know just what you see on the outside.

    Big talkers over here... that's why your whining over the internet.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  46. scieng1

    A speech by Obama is another non-news event. He has instructed various agencies to push regulations that shut down jobs faster than mandated for the purpose of shutting down jobs and destroying the middle class. He added massive employment costs to restrict job growth. His actions over 3 years speak louder than any words he could say now.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  47. stan

    Record profits for corporations. Record bonuses awarded to corporate CEO's and wall streeters. Why is it up to congress to make jobs?!? Hows about all those rich top 5% take some of their billions and billions and create some jobs to stabilize the country? Why don't they you ask? Real simple, they do not care. Money has no nationalism. Money has no honour or dedication to home and country. The rich have no concern for the non-rich, they can pack up and leave...as they have been doing. Capitalism is a festering sore that needs legislation just to ensure 'fairness'. How sick is that? Millions die and starve to death deprived of cheap medicines, food, and technology in the name of 'intellectual property' that benefits only the rich. Time for an entirely new economic meme.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  48. Tim

    It's not the SPEECH that's make-or-break, it's the ACTIONS that follow.... Again, pure media hype. I used to respect Wolf Blitzer, but anymore, he's as hysterical as the rest of them.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  49. Mongo

    No matter how hard CNN campaigns for him he still won't be re-elected.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  50. Mary

    If he knows how to create jobs, why didn't he do this before?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  51. MiddleWay14

    ALL OF THEM are to blame–Democrats and GOP, especially the Tea Party who has been an obstruction more than anything else.

    The Tea Party is not even its own movement. Nearly from the get-go, it had been co-opted as of a subsidiary of the overarching GOP agenda–a "Grassroots" LLC pandering to religious illiterate voters of the conservative base if you will.

    You probably don't even realize that the initiator of the Tea Party movement was Ron Paul. Ron Paul does not even qualify as being part of the Republican Party. He clearly is an independent conservative with a heavy libertarian leaning. While I don't agree with him on all issues, you can clearly see that he bases his ideas on reason and logic (many of his solutions would work but changing the American lifestyle so drastically and so quickly would lead to dire consequences as a byproduct of the ensuing paradigm shift). At this point, Americans (Conservatives and Liberals alike) are used to living with and have come to expect and depend on some level of social safety nets and entitlements. They affect the way we live and go to the core of the lifestyle choices we make. We, as a nation, would not be able to take as many risks in the name of progress as we do without them being there. These benefits have led to greater mobility across state lines and upward mobility within the ranks of social strata, as well as the intermingling of peoples from disparate backgrounds which in itself leads to the creation of new ideas, invention, and innovation.

    We are no longer a nation of geographic frontiersmen; all the land has been claimed. Thus, we are no longer a nation of rugged individuals. Rather, we are a nation of cooperative individuals.

    This is why the Tea Party's loosely libertarian economic tenets are not realistic with the immediacy that they want them implemented. The canvas is no longer blank and hasn't been for a while. We must live with the picture that we've painted thus far. We can either decide to improve it or we can decide to throw up our hands and proclaim failure. The latter (bunker mentality) helps no one, the poor and disenfranchised least of all.

    Pushing trickle-down economics doesn't help either. The problems we currently have stem from low consumer demand; they are not supply-side issues. The reality is that large, multinational corporations and Wall Street have no allegiance to America or Americans, yet they thrive off the business environment we provide for them. They are hollowing out the middle class by selling our accumulated knowledge base and intellectual property (i.e., engineering and manufacturing capabilities) down the river to foreign, unregulated markets–markets without labor or environmental laws. They are skimming off the top while doing this, getting incredibly rich at our expense in the process, and then taking their ball with them to play on another court (i.e., taking their business abroad). At the end of the day, the average joe has less money in his pocket to spend, drastically decreasing consumer demand. This reinforces the belt tightening, as companies are then quick to reduce the workforce to mirror diminished demand.

    How do you fix the problem? You support the American worker by making it illegal to outsource without stipulations/conditions regarding our labor and environmental laws (i.e., if you want to sell goods and services in the American market, you must comply with our labor and environmental laws). This will put local and foreign labor on an even playing field, thus curbing the continued devaluation of labor. This would also discourage outsourcing from happening in the first place, as it would be as expensive or more expensive than using local labor.

    You also make it difficult to move money across country lines. You could tax total assets / net worth at an absurdly high rate if a business incorporated in the U.S. or individual U.S. citizen decides to bail on the United States (e.g., 80%+ transfer tax). This would ensure that the wealth created here stays here.

    These are just two ways that we could solve the jobs / demand problem here in the U.S., while bolstering American competitiveness and continuing to build our knowledge base / intellectual property base.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  52. Special Ed

    Much like BO, I blame GW Bush. If he wasn't such a closet liberal with his destructive spending policies, his younger and far more intelligent brother would be measuring the White House for drapes. It's hard to believe that Jeb and GW are from the same gene pool. The far more competent Bush has been sabotaged by his well-intended, but woefully incompetent brother. Fate is cruel, unfortunately we'll never see the man who would have been a great leader because of the terrible legacy of his brother. Just think, if Roger Clinton had been prez. prior to Billy, you libs would have never had the chance to worship Slick Willy and his Whitewater wifey. Oh well, life's not fair.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  53. TJ

    What's real sad is that everyone is still stuck on the wrong issues....that's why government has always been able to do the things they do. From Regan when I was younger to now....I like Obama seems like a great guy and intelligent and I like other politicians ideas as well, but the reason all politicians can get away with the crap they do is because we let them...we are worried about republican, democrat, independent, what color someone is, what state they are from, what gender, or who they are sleeping with to really care about the real issues which are all of us the American people. Gov't doesn't care about us....if they did then they would have had the guts to say they need a raise in salary...really for what sitting in a chair with a big office and bs the country. I implore everyone wake up...all this silly bickering among the people is how government keeps doing what they are doing. Doesn't matter if they are Republican or Democrat or Independent just names for all the same thing. I have seen talk on here about drinking the kool-aid...well we all need to stop drinking the kool-aid and save the country ourselves by making our voices heard and making intelligent decision not doing stupid things or worse doing nothing and then turning around and complaining.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  54. B

    this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.- Abraham Lincoln-

    Most failings in our government do not come from them, we are their boss, we pay them, they work for us "the people" and if we let our employees run rampant with the company card, or petty cash without any consequences from us "the people" we will have a messed up system until we finally take charge and run this country together!

    "We, the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." -Pre Amble-

    its not them folks its us "the people"

    August 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  55. GODZILLA1

    If unemployment is above 8 percent on election day 2012 Obama will lose. Of course, it won't really matter since doomsday is set for December 21, 2012 according to the Mayan calendar.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  56. John

    He looks good in his $3,000.00 suit. He is so predictable and has NO clue what he's doing. Americans are out of work and the only thing he can do is offer up a jobs program, which artificially lowers the unemployment rate and costs taxpayers that much more so he can stand up in 2012 and claim he's done a good job (in the SHORT term). I think Congress should tell him to bugger off on his request to address anyone as he will NOTHING but try to emulate MLK in a "I have a DREAM" speech which don't include ANYONE but him.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  57. sumguy

    yes john, americans are that stupid. money talks. this is the land of greedy leaders, they don't care about you. they just want your vote, and feed you lies to get it. our political parties are a bunch of madmen and women. its a shame as old as this country is we still dont have it together

    August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  58. Norm

    A small blessing is that Obama doesn't look as cocky as he did. I can't help thinking that if he really had the interests of the American worker at heart then he would abandon his supoort for legaliising all the undocumented workers in America. Factually, if America stopped all immigration, introduced mandatory E-Verify and deported all the illegals it would open up employment opportunities to millions of unemployed Americans and legal immigrants.

    Surely it doesn't need an Einstein to figure out that if America hasn't enough jobs for its population then we shouldn't be adding to the population?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  59. Alex

    Yes, I feel like depression. Been looking for jobs. In my field, I heard of there are 500 applicants compete for one position. How's about that? Going back to school? I dunno what my option is. I hope that Mr. President would be firm this time. No compromise! Honestly, he truly is an amazing president. He keep up with most of his promise: bank regulation, health care reform,etc. He is surrounded by the whole GOP, Tea party. Oh man! Those are racist!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  60. Dean

    No, but they do appoint people like Jeff Immelt to positions like his top advisor on job growth. Mr Immelt has told his company and stockholders that their future is in China. Mr Immelt has partnered with China to build airplanes in competition with Boeing. He Has also moved in imaging companies headquarters to China.
    Presidents may not create jobs but Obama is an expert in destroying jobs.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Dean

      this was in reply to wakeuppeople...................

      August 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  61. TiredVoter

    I'm sorry, one more pie-in-the-sky speech by the president isn't going to change anything. He can't "do" anything to add jobs, but he could undo a lot to help create them - like open the oil and gas drilling areas he's shut off, roll back the regulations that are stifling business, and get rid of the EPA rules that going to cost all working class Americans a bundle as they slowly pay more and more for gas and electricity. All negatives he's encouraged.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  62. Henry

    I was connected with LBJ's national JOBS Program headquartered and created by LBJ in D.C.. LBJ called three major corporate heads to The White House and told them what he wanted. Later the organization he wanted was called a White House corporation. It will be interesting to see what this President seeks to create.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  63. slomoven

    Ugg, another speech, no jobs and he says the voters say put the politics away but has to get on TV during the Republican debate. He knows liberal TV will cut to his speech. Enough dirty politics and liberal TV. He may have attended but he didn't get the education. What an experiment in equality. We should have spent the money to stop global warming. At least we would be able to say we stopped the oceans from rising.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  64. Think AboutIt

    Let's call a spade a spade. The Republicans are obstructionists by nature who will not allow anything to get past Congress to actually HELP the American people! To them Politics is what talks and makes the most sense! "Forget the American People!" should be their slogan! That is the main reason why we're in the situation we are in. Mr. Obama inherited all the dirty baggage from the previous Republican administration and now conservatives have the gall to try to rub his face in it which is most unfair! Since when has the middle-class and the poor ever been helped by a Republican administration who stands to help ONLY the rich! They need to start taxing the richest people in America equally as they do the poorer folks in this country.

    Of course if you are independently wealthy, you need to vote Republican so that wealth will not be taxed. But All Other folks need to stay with the Democratic Party to *preserve* that which you have worked so hard for during the last thirty, forty, or more years of your life which was placed into Social Security for you to collect in your retirement and golden years. The Republicans would rather you starve and do without food or medicine and want to eliminate or do cut-backs to such an IMPORTANT program as this and Americans need to wake-up to that fact and quit wanting to install Republicans who can do nothing but help the richest of Americans. That's the way it stands because that's the way it is! We must not go back to the failed policies of the past under Republicans! If you think it's bad now, just wait till we get a Republican president and an all-Republican Congress and you will be left covering up your front with one hand and your rear with the other because that's all you will be left with if they take over.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  65. hans bronson

    What CNN isn't telling you is that Obama has scheduled his speech at the same time the GOP debate is going on.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  66. Drifter

    Speeches don't create jobs. Speeches also don't make Congresspersons write and vote on sensible legislation. And no elected official ever lost their job based on one speech.

    It's "make or break", Wolf, simply because you're trying to hype it. Y'all need viewers since there isn't a hurricane on to drive ratings this week.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  67. hih

    Why would our president give a campaign speech before congress?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  68. here_nor_there

    Another O Speech, ho hum
    if i had a job, it would be fun
    all he does is lay the blame
    and continue to play the big politics game
    all the while, our economy is going under
    really has to make you wonder
    what is his true desire
    i think its lighting the match
    that sparks the big fire
    instead of creating a patch
    that ignites us to achieve and produce more
    that is why, we must show him the door!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  69. DT

    Fort those of you relying on the government to get you a job, wake up. It's all on you, and on one else. Upgrade your skills. IIf you got two hands, two feet, and a brain, you can work. Whether it's Bush or Obama, your job has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with your willingness to take responsibility for yourself.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Eva

      I'm not the slightest religious, but -AMEN- to that!

      August 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  70. TX

    #1 According to a new study just released by Merrill Lynch, the U.S. economy has an 80% chance of going into another recession.
    #2 Will Bank of America be the next Lehman Brothers? Shares of Bank of America have fallen more than 40% over the past couple of months. Even though Warren Buffet recently stepped in with 5 billion dollars, the reality is that the problems for Bank of America are far from over. In fact, one analyst is projecting that Bank of America is going to need to raise 40 or 50 billion dollars in new capital.
    #3 European bank stocks have gotten absolutely hammered in recent weeks.
    #4 So far, major international banks have announced layoffs of more than 60,000 workers, and more layoff announcements are expected this fall. A recent article in the New York Times detailed some of the carnage….
    A new wave of layoffs is emblematic of this shift as nearly every major bank undertakes a cost-cutting initiative, some with names like Project Compass. UBS has announced 3,500 layoffs, 5 percent of its staff, and Citigroup is quietly cutting dozens of traders. Bank of America could cut as many as 10,000 jobs, or 3.5 percent of its work force. ABN Amro, Barclays, Bank of New York Mellon, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lloyds, State Street and Wells Fargo have in recent months all announced plans to cut jobs — tens of thousands all told.
    #5 Credit markets are really drying up. Do you remember what happened in 2008 when that happened? Many are now warning that we are getting very close to a repeat of that.
    #6 The Conference Board has announced that the U.S. Consumer Confidence Index fell from 59.2 in July to 44.5 in August. That is the lowest reading that we have seen since the last recession ended.
    #7 The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has fallen by almost 20 points over the last three months. This index is now the lowest it has beenin 30 years.
    #8 The Philadelphia Fed’s latest survey of regional manufacturing activity was absolutely nightmarish….
    The survey’s broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion index of current activity, decreased from a slightly positive reading of 3.2 in July to -30.7 in August. The index is now at its lowest level since March 2009
    #9 According to Bloomberg, since World War II almost every time that the year over year change in real GDP has fallen below 2% the U.S. economy has fallen into a recession….
    Since 1948, every time the four-quarter change has fallen below 2 percent, the economy has entered a recession. It’s hard to argue against an indicator with such a long history of accuracy.
    #10 Economic sentiment is falling in Europe as well. The following is from a recent Reuters article….
    A monthly European Commission survey showed economic sentiment in the 17 countries using the euro, a good indication of future economic activity, fell to 98.3 in August from a revised 103 in July with optimism declining in all sectors.
    #11 The yield on 2 year Greek bonds is now an astronomical 42.47%.
    #12 As I wrote about recently, the European Central Bank has stepped into the marketplace and is buying up huge amounts of sovereign debt from troubled nations such as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy. As a result, the ECB is alsomassively overleveraged at this point.
    #13 Most of the major banks in Europe are also leveraged to the hilt and have tremendous exposure to European sovereign debt.
    #14 Political wrangling in Europe is threatening to unravel the Greek bailout package. In a recent article, Satyajit Das described what has been going on behind the scenes in the EU….
    The sticking point is a demand for collateral for the second bailout package. Finland demanded and got Euro 500 million in cash as security against their Euro 1,400 million share of the second bailout package. Hearing of the ill-advised side deal between Greece and Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and Slovakia also are now demanding collateral, arguing that their banks were less exposed to Greece than their counterparts in Germany and France entitling them to special treatment. At least, one German parliamentarian has also asked the logical question, why Germany is not receiving similar collateral.
    #15 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to hold the Greek bailout deal together, but a wave of anti-bailout “hysteria” is sweeping Germany, and nowaccording to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard it looks like Merkel may not have enough votes to approve the latest bailout package….
    German media reported that the latest tally of votes in the Bundestag shows that 23 members from Mrs Merkel’s own coalition plan to vote against the package, including twelve of the 44 members of Bavaria’s Social Christians (CSU). This may force the Chancellor to rely on opposition votes, risking a government collapse.
    #16 Polish finance minister Jacek Rostowski is warning that the status quo in Europe will lead to “collapse“. According to Rostowski, if the EU does not choose the path of much deeper economic integration the eurozone simply is not going to survive much longer….
    “The choice is: much deeper macroeconomic integration in the eurozone or its collapse. There is no third way.”
    #17 German voters are against the introduction of “Eurobonds” by about a 5 to 1 margin, so deeper economic integration in Europe does not look real promising at this point.
    #18 If something goes wrong with the Greek bailout, Greece is financially doomed. Just consider the following excerpt from a recent article by Puru Saxena….
    In Greece, government debt now represents almost 160% of GDP and the average yield on Greek debt is around 15%. Thus, if Greece’s debt is rolled over without restructuring, its interest costs alone will amount to approximately 24% of GDP. In other words, if debt pardoning does not occur, nearly a quarter of Greece’s economic output will be gobbled up by interest repayments!
    #19 The global banking system has a total of 2 trillion dollars of exposure to Greek, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian debt. Considering how much the global banking system is leveraged, this amount of exposure could end up wiping out a lot of major financial institutions.
    #20 The head of the IMF, Christine Largarde, recently warned that European banks are in need of “urgent recapitalization“.
    #21 Once the European crisis unravels, things could move very rapidly downhill. In a recent article, John Mauldin put it this way….
    It is only a matter of time until Europe has a true crisis, which will happen faster – BANG! – than any of us can now imagine. Think Lehman on steroids. The U.S. gave Europe our subprime woes. Europe gets to repay the favor with an even more severe banking crisis that, given that the U.S. is at best at stall speed, will tip us into a long and serious recession. Stay tuned.
    #22 The U.S. housing market is still a complete and total mess. According to a recently released report, U.S. home prices fell 5.9% in the second quarter compared to a year earlier. That was the biggest decline that we have seen since 2009. But even with lower prices very few people are buying. According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of previously owned homesdropped 3.5 percent during July. That was the third decline in the last four months. Sales of previously owned homes are even lagging behind last year’s pathetic pace.
    #23 According to John Lohman, the decline in U.S. economic data over the past three months has been absolutely unprecedented.
    #24 Morgan Stanley now says that the U.S. and Europe are “hovering dangerously close to a recession” and that there is a good chance we could enter one at some point in the next 6 to 12 months.
    #25 Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota says that he is so alarmed about the state of the economy that he may drop his opposition to more monetary easing. Could more quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve soon be on the way?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  71. Erik

    Blaming the President for not creating jobs is misguided. There's only one way the government can directly create more jobs and that is to create more government programs that require government employees and/or expand the current government programs to require additional staffing. Aside from that, government has only one ability that will impact the job market and that is imposing restraints either fiscally or legislatively that impact the free-market's ability to cut back the unemployment rate. Until those sitting at their legislative desks realize that the economy does not function like government (i.e. giving people pension plans for serving one-term in office), we will remain in this current state of watching our government officials perplexed at the thought of what additional areas of the economy they can throw money at to help spur this economic engine. The answer those officials need to find is that they need to get out of the way; we must allow the free market to take the wheel. The programs we've instituted in the mortgage arena; auto industry; infringements on employment; subsidies in our agricultural trade; etc. We need to lose this notion that government can spur the economy, it can only hurt us!!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  72. Special Ed

    My fellow Americans... Today I have sealed the border, creating an expedited path to citizenship for those currently here that involves a 5 year exemption from ability to receive government entitlement of any form. Those who agree will agree to learn basic English skills within 1 year, all others will be deported, regardless of circumstance. I have also enacted an imports tax to level the economic playing field, combined a renewable energy research policy with an agressive domestic exploration and utilization strategy. I have also lowered corporate taxes, eliminated all regulations not directly related to immediate public safety, reassigned all government contracts to US owned businesses, and offered 5 year tax exemptions for start up of any manufacturing based industry. I have also enacted a clean living tax incentive for any person who maintains their body fat % within the healthy range and voluntarily submits to drug/alcohol testing, thus reducing health care costs. Within 5 years, our economy will be thriving, our deficit will be dramatically reduced, and we will be on the path toward energy, manufacturing, and agricultural self-reliance. My fellow Americans, the rest of the world needs us, far more than we need them. We are going to take care of ourselves first, then worry about them when we are in a better position to do so. Love.... The Prez. Probably not going to happen, but one can dream!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  73. Ted

    This Presidency has been 'broke' for a long time. No need to 'make' another speech...

    August 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  74. GD

    To 'Wake Up People'...

    Perhaps if the President knew how the gov't worked, he wouldn't have promised to do exactly that which you say he has no power to actually do. No excuses, sorry!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  75. chris

    i thought obama was "laser focused" on jobs when he took office three years ago. i assumed he meant he was focused on creating jobs and not eliminating them.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  76. reader10

    Stop saying "INHERITED".He knew it and he wanted the job.As a man he should accept it and stop crying.My opinion he cannot handle the job.What do you expect from a community organizer and a administration know from not paying their taxes.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  77. Tim in Kansas

    All these people whining about who wants Obama to fail. He has failed and he did it all on his own. He's irresponsible and incapable of doing the job as President. He has never had a real job and has no idea what it takes to succeed in business.
    Business' will not spend money on employee's as long as this guy is in office since all he wants to do is spend and regulate. They aren't going to invest in a country that cannot control it's own spending and that is all on the fool in the whitehouse. It's not about wanting him to fail it's about business wanting to succeed and this guy is not good for business. He is the worst President ever and Jimmy Carter is a happy man that he isn't the worst anymore. Once this one term President is done and gets out of office things will start to look a little better, until then we need to just tighten our belts and accept the fact that this guy is completely inept at his job.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      What "real job" have you had "Tim in Kansas"? I've been listening to all of you right-wing super heroes and, I'll bet you're sitting on the sofa picking fuzz out of you navels. Bunch of crappants tbaggers.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  78. WalterBird

    Is my post being censored by 1st amendment minded 'journalists'?

    Start Article:

    MUMBAI: US diplomat Peter Haas, recently appointed consul-general in Mumbai, stressed the importance of people-to-people contact in Indo-US ties.

    US-India people-to-people connections are more powerful than any government initiative, said Haas. "While 8 lakh Americans travel to India each year, the US issues half a million non-immigration visas to Indians yearly," he said adding that Indian citizens formed the largest group of people to be issued H1B and L visas by the US over the last year.

    End Article.

    HOW can anyone speak of returning jobs to Americans, while they ignore, or worse, condone, the continued replacement of Americans, in American offices and worksites, with foreign nationals, at a ‘clip of’ hundreds of thousands (we are not told the exact number! more likely, all-told, closer to a million or more…) per year?! (not including out-of-status/illegal...)

    There are real solutions, not lies masquerading as same, but few, will even speak of them, let alone...

    H-1b, L-1s, OPT, J-1, B-1, lotteries, green-cards, and on and on, and on, and on, it is no longer enough to stand as a nation and compete with the world-at-large, but no, the world at large will be brought to you, so that you may compete with them in your own offices and worksites...

    And you will be competing for suppressed wages, and even where qualified, will most likely be cleverly bypassed by the multi-national corporate slave owners, masquerading as U.S., sovereign entities...

    We won’t even talk about national security!

    In a sane world, visas such as H-1b, L-1, etc., (We can keep the O-1, which was meant for true genius) would be suspended. MILLIONS of our better paying jobs would be instantly made available, in America, for Americans.

    Over two (2) decades of alphabet-soup visas like H-1b, etc., have decimated the tech sector, and are impacting other U.S. based jobs, such as, nursing, teaching, etc.

    The rabbit hole is deep, and wide spread… I cannot possibly explain just how treasonous these suicidal policies are, and keep this comment brief.

    We should also revoke some or all green-cards. Again, a MASSIVE number of American jobs would be returned to Americans.

    And then there is the issue of sending our jobs offshore, often implemented by those brought to our country on visa, or those having become a green-card holder, who then coordinate the shipping of entire departments, knowledge-bases out of our country, ultimately, entire industries.

    Then for the low to medium wage jobs, we can look at the wide-open borders, and the traitors that advocate a nation without enforcement of its own borders, its laws, and disinterest in its own sovereign best-interest, survival.

    And yes, it is Americans who have facilitated this betrayal of Americans, by corporations, supported by a sold-out government and press.
    Constantly having your leg peed-on, and being told that it is raining, is the insult-to-injury!

    The instigators, their apparatchik, the collaborators, the enemy-within, the useful-idiots, are ‘p*ssing’ on our nation’s workforce, and cheap labor, political-correctness, are their weapons of choice.”

    August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • BillInLA

      WalterBird,

      This is not to disagree with your post. However, I think a comment farther down in your post discusses an even bigger than the visas:

      "And then there is the issue of sending our jobs offshore, often implemented by those brought to our country on visa, or those having become a green-card holder, who then coordinate the shipping of entire departments, knowledge-bases out of our country, ultimately, entire industries."

      It is also quite refreshing to find someone posting about American jobs being taken by foreigners who isn't carrying the right-wing water (maybe you are, but you don't see so) by just yelling about "the Mexicans." The tech jobs which are being taken legally are a bigger and more pressing issue.

      I am one of the guilty parties. I hire web people in India. But I have a tiny (four-employee) company that can't afford anyone else in this current climate. My customers are broke. We need jobs here. The few thousand dollars I have spent on foreign web developers the past four years is just a drop in the bucket....But changing policy would change whose bucket a vast number of those drops would fall into.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • jobs4us

      Spot On Walter!!! And, why won't the President look at the facts reported to him by his own government agencies. Alphabet soup visa fraud is spiraling out of control. The GAO found fraud in over 21% H-1b visas audited, and Wikileaks cables from the US Embassy in India show over 70% of work visa applications are fraudulent.

      This entire crisis can be eliminated quickly, without costing the taxpayer a dime. Congress MUST close loopholes in H-1b visa laws that today, allow employers to legally discriminate against US citizens. There is NOTHING in H-1b visa laws requiring an employer to even consider hiring a US citizen for a US job.

      Why can't Microsoft, and the slew of other greedy corporations find American talent? Simple, they don't want to. And, since they bought the law, they don't have to.

      Check out Dan Rather Reports "No Thanks For Everything" June 2011 to get the facts on how this debacle is ruining the lives of highly talented Americans citizens who have paid our taxes, our dues yet are not able to compete for jobs in the US due to these glaring loopholes created by corporate greed.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  79. BenJarvis

    Funny how CNN is so closely monitored by T Baggers and Repubs. Unfortunately, these steady stream of commenters I cynically believe are paid to sit home and write out comment after comment paid for by the Presidential hopefuls.

    Enjoy the honesty know as the internet.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  80. Amy Frank

    If the Republicans block his jobs recommendations, then we have 15 more months of no jobs. I have seen nothing from any Republican candidate (not 1) saying what they would do to improve the situation. If they did show me something, then I might rethink my position. However, the Republican's energy is totally focused on getting Obama out of office, at any cost to the American people. This type of behaviour is very unsettling and turns me away from them. As an American who has been unemployed for a year, and looks for a job diligently, I have no other choice to support the current president.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      Exactly right, Amy.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  81. wendy5

    jobs started picking up speed to the downside since his idiotic health care deal; companies dont have to worry about that over seas;

    August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  82. tim

    Many young people can not find jobs because there are an estimated 12 – 24 million people here illegally who have those jobs. Enforcement of our immigration system through common sense measures like e-Verify are the answer to millions of entry level positions, as well as a way to reduce the economic burden of mass fraud of our social services. This is the elephant in the room that must be addressed by this president and congress. Our citizens are dying on the vine because of the plague of mass illegal immigration. Time to get real.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • MTATL67

      I have never heard of any American say "Aah darn I really wanted to be a migrant work but positions have been filled" or "Daddy, when I grow up I want to clean Governor Perry's house." If you want to clean office, pick fruit or bust tables feel free. That sounds like rhetoric. Give us examples something like "Doctor sues hospital because positions went to illegal". You want to stop illegal immigration then throw the bums who hire them into jail along with stiff fines like $200K.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Mikey

      While we do have an immigration problem in this country, about 80% of those jobs are things citizens simply wont do, at least not for the wages being paid now. The price of a lot of things will go up substantially if you kick all the illegals out and try to hire Americans to do the same work.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • montyross

        the increase in prices would be offset by the decrease in unpaid healthcare that the illegals use, class sizes would be smaller in public schools(ave. 4 or 5 children per illegal family) etc......

        August 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • GMak

      Tim, be real. The problem is "us" not "them." A dysfunctional congress corrupted by a lobbying system we can reform that also blocks our ability to reform our health, education, tax and and retirement systems, nearly two trillion dollars wasted on two pointless wars that could have been used to fix our roads, our bridges and our infrastructure, another trillion given away to the power elite banks to stuff under their mattresses while millions lose their homes to foreclosure....our economy is in a shambles and these have NOTHING to do with "illegal immigrants." This all has to do with US.

      We don't produce enough competent graduates in any of the sciences to fill the jobs that our companies have – so they turn to the countries that do for LEGAL immigrants. The guys cutting your lawn? The guys washing dishes in the restaurant? The guys picking our low priced fruit? Are those the jobs you're saying we're being deprived of?

      It's typical of nationalistic jingoists of of every generation and every country to "blame it on the foreigners" (or Jews, or Muslims, or Chinese or pick your insidious "other") so that we don't have to look at ourselves and make hard choices and tough decisions. Throw all your troubles neatly onto a single bogeyman group then work to get rid of them. That's a page right out of Mein Kampf. Hitler ideas are alive and well in America today.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • BillInLA

      Tim, you should read the response to your message. You are being fed the right-wing bullcrap. The jobs being taken by illegals are jobs no one wants. They are not "entry level." They are dead-end, below-minimum-wage. "Entry level" presumes an upward path. There is no promotion from picking vegetables, cleaning toilets, working in a slaughterhouse, cutting lawns and all the other scut jobs Mexicans do here. It's hooey.

      The real issue is the tech visa jobs and the jobs being exported to foreign countries. Those vastly outnumber and outpay the jobs being "stolen" by Mexicans picking vegetables. You need to wake up to the realities and stop buying the malarkey.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  83. Wisethinker

    Get the outsourced jobs to cheaper countries back to the US. Cost of service/products to the end users (Americans) hasn't gone down due to outsourcing. It is just that the big corporations are making big bucks. What is the point?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Noni

      Get rid of the Union, and loosen up some of the regulation that chokes the manufacturing or companies so that they can be more competitive in global market. Big Government chewed up jobs, and Union is just another organized crime. They are only in for themselve, speaking of Fat Cats, Union too. Not just the Wall Street. I think Union is in with China to take over American jobs

      August 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • iab

      so true. Greed is the problem. The wealthy want to destroy unions, any regulations that would protect the working class people in America. The wealthy 1.5% that controls everything we see and hear,even our government reps want complete control of everything. Their love of money and power has destroyed this country, has impacted the whole world. They do not create jobs or apply the TRICLE DOWN THEORY all smoke. They divide the masses with their hate speeches, pitting one group of Americans against the other. The less educated, less informed fall for the propaganda. We need to enhance our educational system, focus on engineering, research and development . We need to become producers again not consumers.. STOP PISSING AND MOANING ABOUT JOBS, BUY AMERICAN,STOP GOING THROUGH SELF CHECK OUT IN WHEN SHOPPING.

      We are our own worse enemy, we are all Americans what ever happens to one group affects all Americans. We are a melting pot, all races, religions, life styles, 34 different languages get real folks be considerate of others, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. AS THYSELF. REMEMBER WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? .

      August 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  84. CSnord

    Obama has had nearly three years to do something about jobs and has done virtually nothing, in spite of the fact that there are a wide variety of effective programs that could have been implemented. I'm no loopy liberal Democrat, but he could have put in a Roosevelt New Deal/WPA type program to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, which is badly needed. That would have had significant short and long-term benefits to the economy. Instead, we got the wars overseas expanded and a new health care program that we cannot afford. Brilliant. He had his shot, now it is time to replace him. If the Democrats won't run anyone against him, then replacing him means putting in a Republican.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  85. Jared

    This speech will not make or break anything. All he's doing is TALKING.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  86. 251bamafan

    So if this is presidents top priority, why doesn't he go ahead and announce his plans now, after his vacation is over liked he promised.
    Instead of waiting to announce on the same night as the REP. Debate?
    Your mouth says one thing, Mr. President, but you actions say something else entirely.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  87. Michael

    I can do nothing but laugh at some of these comments...."He's done nothing", "all he's done is spent", "he's gone in 2012", and of course my favorite – "The housing industry is in the ditch and needs a bailout- and too many people are on govt benefits." (btw, thats called an oxymoron) . All complaints, no suggestions. If President Obama were able to snap his fingers and fix the country you'd find someway to whine and moan and say a repugnant did it, hence you really have no credibility.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      The problem you have, Michael, IS THAT YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  88. Don't Forget

    The President should start off by speaking to the members on the other side of the aisle, the Republicans, and asking them to put a lot more forth into the American economy. First, by taxing the richest of Americans equally and not be protecting and shielding them as they have been doing all along. Secondly, he needs to tell all of Congress to not try to balance the budget or debt ceiling on the backs of those who are elderly, sick, poor, and disadvantaged. They are the very ones who have put forth decades of hard work during their working years and are now *entitled* to the benefits they worked so hard to get, i.e., Social Security, without fear of cuts or diversion of funds to other projects, for it is money that is *reserved* for them now that they are in their golden years.

    He also needs to prod the Republicans to get on the Education bandwagon and help the children and schools in this country. Something they continue to neglect. Republicans like Perry speak a language flavor that some on the far right appear to savor, but when it gets down to brass tacks and the economy, his ideas do no good for this country other than to drive it deeper and deeper into the hole of which it cannot get out. That is not progress. That is reverting back to the FAILED policies of the past under Republican administrations and Mr. Obama needs to make good note of that.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  89. Leon

    Politicians are so out of touch with the average American. If he truly wanted to create jobs in America, he should start by stopping the flow of jobs out of America and into countries like Mexico and China. Repeal NAFTA! The company I work for has closed three assembly plants in America, costing thousands of people their jobs, and created thousands of jobs in Mexico by open assembly plants there!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Jonathan

    Forget "right track-wrong track". We're not even on the tracks anymore. We're careening out of control. The problem is we've let this mess get too big. We have corrupt big businesses, corrupt leaders, corrupt judges and lawyers, corruption at every level above us. We've let our government get too big, and too complex. "Government by the people" is nearly impossible because common people can't understand it. Even the politicians don't understand it many times (like when Pelosi told congress just to pass the health care bill and then they would find out what it actually did).

    August 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  91. Dean

    I agree that this is a make or break speech. The real question is, if it is a "break" speech will CNN actually admit it? Or will they do everything they can to spin it into a "make" speech. I am betting on the latter. That has been CNN's track record.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  92. Tom

    First, one has to assume people will be watching a president who has over used his 'bully pulpit' to the point of impotency.

    No one will listen to a president who took three years of his presidencyto understand what Bill Clinton's team so famously stated..."It's the economy, stupid!"

    Guess Obama missed that...

    August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      Aw...c'mon Tom...you can do better than that...well...maybe not.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  93. Totally

    Will this speech be about some new government program(s) costing billions more that will not pass congress (at least the House), therefore passing the blame to them.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  94. Cal

    There is nothing that another stupid speech can accomplish. The mindless CNNers heard one teleprompter reading from Obama at the Dem. CNN is populated by morons.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  95. Jake

    Our arrogant, condescending and narcissistic president turns out be junior high petty too... what a jerk he is for sure.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      Learned a few new words, JAKE?

      August 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  96. wendy5

    he cant do a thing if the trillions he started with didnt do anything then nothing will; nature just has to take its course; the jobs lost are not coming back so get used to it; corporate america has bigger fish to fry in economys that have billions of people; do you really think they are going to give that up for america nope they got what they can out of us they are moving on follow the money

    August 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  97. Andrew from Philadelphia

    I forgot, we have a unemployment problem because President Obama has installed job killing regulations. The rise in unemployment happened before and in the first three months of President Obama's administration. And it happened because the banks and the rating agencies built up a bubble in the mortgage markets which they all got rich on. Then cried for help to stay alive because if they failed the US economy would fail. Regulation are not the problem. Corporate influence over government is the problem.

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

      They are ALL the problem, Andrew.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • MiddleWay14

        I'm afraid Andrew is right in this instance. Too little regulation of large, multinational corporations (notice I didn't say small and medium size businesses) and Wall Street is the problem. These corporations and Wall Street, comprised of a small handful of very rich and powerful people at the top, disproportionately influences policy making and legislation. Thus, the government is working for this small handful of very rich, powerful people and not for the good of the public at large.

        This needs to end or this country will be hollowed out from the inside out (see the diminishing middle class).

        August 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Pixie

      You betcha – and everyone one is involved the dems and the gop. Whatever legislation is passed – americans need to follow the money. ALL, politicians are owned in one way or another. The Unions own Obama.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Tim in Kansas

      The housing bubble sits on politicians sholders not the banks. Politicians like Barney frank pushed for these banks to give loans to people they should not have. It was either that or the government was going to come in and intervene using racism as the basis. Now all these people are defaulting on their loans and we find out Barney Franks lover was the head of one of the big two which is one reason he pushed for it. Democrats created this monstrosity and Bush signed it. This sits squarely on Barney Frank, George Bush and the democrats.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
      • Name*paige1

        Your all wrong Tim, when Clinton was pres. It was the GOP that relaxed bank regulations. I believe McCaim was a ramrod of that.

        August 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
      • Name*paige1

        Your all wrong Tim, when Clinton was pres. It was the GOP that relaxed bank regulations. I believe McCain was a ramrod of that.

        August 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Are You Serious?

      It's all the banks fault? That's funny. We can blame them for a $3.50 ATM fee and a 25.9% credit card interest rate....but blaming the banks for everything that wrong with our economy...... Nice try. The big banks paid their debt with inerest. Leave them alone and pick on someone else for a change.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • c

      This headline is misleading. This speech will be forgotten because what really matter is not the economy right now but what the economy look like a year from now. What happens a few weeks before the election is the focus of most voters, not what is happening right now. If the election was next November then the speech would be important but really too late to affect the election. So I am sure he will say the right thing about jobs but it is really out of his hands because the GOP will never let a big job bill be passed. So the economy will have recover on its own. This is actually the best time to do massive infrastructure reconstruction because the economy has so many idle resources available but the GOP will never allow it happen.

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

      Well, Andrew, I think I can help remind you. We have continuing high unemployment because our president antagonizes business leaders continually, and they don't trust or have confidence in him and his administration. Very simple, really. These captains of industry won't expand their businesses and hire more employees if they can't feel comfortable about the cost of doing business in the future. When Washington threatens business with ridiculous and costly new programs like Obamacare and expensive and useless energy legislation, what do you expect from business? A hearty "Thank you, send us more of the same"? November 2012 can't come soon enough.

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

        What expensive and useless energy legislation? Please name the bill.

        August 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
      • itzmeman

        You just proved that the individuals who are making the decisions on business ventures are anti-American as they really, truly do not care about putting individuals back to work, but lining their own pockets. Why don't they stop spending billions on lawyer fees for breaking the laws and billions more on lobbying for favorable laws and just abide by the laws which will likely cost less for doing business and be better for the public, the environment and long-term sustainability.

        Oh, yeah, that would mean many leaches in this country will be out of work. I hate when I answer my own question!

        August 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
      • BillInLA

        Dear itzmeman,

        Bite me.

        Phil the Troll proved no such thing. Business people generally are not scummy, selfish right-wing nuts like these guys who pretend to speak for us. I am a businessman. More like a corporal of industry than a captain, but I'm the guy who does the hiring and has to put up with the regulations.

        The reason "captains of industry" won't expand, Phil You Moron, is that there are no customers. Corporate coffers are full of profits. Where did all the money go? It has moved into fewer and fewer hands each year under Bush policies. And Obama, that royal chicken****, let the Republicans keep the feed-the-rich Bush tax cuts for a couple more years.

        The economy runs on money in the little guy's pocket.

        And everyone should notice this: all these right-wing trolls post that business won"t invest because of Obama - but do you notice any specifics? Which policy is scaring them off?

        My business is shrinking because customers have no MONEY. Because the likes of GE are sending jobs offshore.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • Mikey

      If you asked many of these posters to name anything Obama has done right and they would hardly be able to name one thing. Many, if not most of them, simply hate the President and want to pile on while they have the chance. Unfortunately, for them, the GOP has to actually run a candidate against the President and their field looks like rejects from the Island of Lost Toys.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      Really? "job killing regulations"? Like what?

      August 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • BillInLA

      Exactly –WHAT job-killing regulations? That is just the big right-wing lie

      August 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
      • ed galbraith

        The GOP lie? C'mon. Really?

        August 31, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  98. tom

    There's nothing make or break about it. It's a speech, just like any other presidential speech, outlining what his plans are. What's make or break is Congress' willingness to do what needs to be done, which is to spend money to get the economy going again. Get the economy going again, people get jobs, people get jobs, people pay taxes, taxes = revenue, gov't now has money to pay off deficits and invest in more infrastructure, which = more jobs. It's simple, but Congress is too chicken**** to do anything about.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  99. Thomas Jones

    New US Labor Pact With Latin American Countries Covers IllegalsTuesday, 30 Aug 2011 11:51 AM New “partnership” agreements that U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis signed with a number of Latin American nations are aimed at protecting both legal and illegal workers in this country by educating employers and workers about health, safety, and salary laws.

    Solis’s comments at the signing ceremony Monday contradicted immigration law, as defined on the Labor Department’s own website. Solis said all migrant workers possess a “right to a legal wage,” while her agency’s website states that “employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the United States . . . and aliens authorized to work in the U.S.” under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.
    “No matter how you got here or how long you plan to stay, you have certain rights,” Solis said. “You have the right to be safe and in a healthy workplace and the right to a legal wage. We gather here today to strengthen our shared commitment to protect the labor rights of migrant workers in the United States. Unfortunately, due to language barriers and immigration status, migrant workers can be those that are most vulnerably abused.”
    When asked Solis to confirm that the partnerships would cover undocumented workers. Solis said her agency was merely enforcing policy in place during previous Democratic and Republican administrations and that the partnerships are aimed at curbing “underground activity, economic activity that goes untapped, those moneys that are being paid to workers.”

    So there you have it America, you no longer rate any higher on the Obama scale of importance for jobs, than does an illegal alien.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  100. gavin

    After three years it is pretty clear to most Americans he is all talk and no action. I think he gets it, but does not realize that current trade and tax policies are the culprits. All the spending and gimmicks he is going to recommend are tired, old ideas. They are all short term solutions. They will not lead to permanent sustainable jobs. He realizes he is in trouble and this is his last ditch efffort to do something about it. There needs to be real change in trade and tax policies to change the jobs situation. He can't make that happen before the election so he will recommend short term remedies like extending unemployment benefits, infrastructure spending, and payroll tax cuts hoping that will carry him through the 2012 election.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
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