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BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama needs to deliver on jobs speech
September 7th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama needs to deliver on jobs speech

By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – President Obama really needs to deliver Thursday night when he addresses a joint session of Congress. I’m not just talking about the politics of the big speech. I am talking about really delivering for the American people.

He needs to come with an understandable and doable plan that will help turn things around for millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans. That means getting some package through Congress; otherwise, the words won’t have any practical job creation benefit.

Coming up with such a legislative package would also represent the best politics for him and his bid for re-election.

Right now, so many Americans have lost confidence in his ability to govern. Yes, they need to be inspired by his lofty words. But more importantly, they need to see tangible progress over the horizon. That means they need to see jobs.

A good political speech that lays out his vision for job creation is certainly important for the campaign. It will differentiate his vision from that of his Republican challengers.

But if it’s just a speech, with no prospect of legislative approval and the jobs picture remains bleak, that won’t do President Obama much good. American voters will tend to blame the incumbent president for a bad economy.

Right now, the only silver lining for President Obama is that Americans disapprove of Congress even more than they disapprove of him. The congressional job approval number hovers at record low levels.

And if there’s no uptick in the jobs picture soon, that already very low level will drop even more.

The challenge is enormous for both political parties as they gear up for the campaign. That’s politics.

But what’s so much more important right now than politics is the economic health of the country. Millions of people are suffering.

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  1. Tom

    The comment last night was a classic...

    "The two dogs next door have created more shovel ready projects in the last two days than Obama has created in the last two years."

    What are we going to do?

    September 23, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Lory

      CapturingLife, 200K isn\'t that much if you live in NYC, San Fran, or other high cost of living areas. You are basilalcy just getting by on that and not saving much if you have a family of 4 or 5. If you live in the midwest, south, and places like that, you are going to feel much more comfortable on that amount. Most college students would never, ever be able to pay for college on their own these days. Tuitions are WAY up from when I went to college.

      December 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  2. Jeanette Cochran

    Is anyone keeping track of the numbers of jobs that the Obama admin has UN created ????

    September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  3. Tom

    People that vote Democrat need to re-think their position. They are supporting giving this president more money which will most likely be wasted on stupid investments like Solyndra. Think about it. $535,000,000 were given to a company that was failing. ...but that is not all, this was borrowed money. Money that your children will have to pay back.

    This president does not do his homework. I'd say it is time to put Obama in the unemplorment line. Wise up!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  4. Julia

    Who is Donald Trump that we constantly need to know his opinion? Personally, I see him as a racist who only quit the Democratic Party when an African American became president. I think he said it all when he said he got along with the "Blacks".

    September 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Tom

      This is a ridiculous statement and trying to play the race card. Wake up and see how your president is wasting your money.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  5. Perk

    1. Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98% of businesses on their first $5 million in payroll. To target the benefit of the 98% of firms that have payroll below this threshold.A complete payroll tax holiday for added worker's or increased wages. Eliminates payroll taxes for firms that increase payroll by adding new workers or increasing the wages of their current worker.Extending 100% into 2012 ? Open that up for a five year projection. Reforms and "what specfic regulatory reductions" to help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital ? Hiring tax credit for veterans $5,500 to $9,600. Preventing up to 280,000 teacher lay offs and keeps cops and firefighters on the job. What about our postal workers ? Modernizing 35,000 public schools across the country. Explain the infrastructure and a bipartisan national infrastructure bank. "Project Rebuild "=Rehabilitating homes,businesses and communities. Explain leverage private capital and scaling land banks. How will this be handled specifically and implemented ?$4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long term unemployed workers. Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring. Job opportunities for low income youth and adults. Tax Relief for American family $1,500.00 tax cut. Americans to refinance their mortgages 4% at $2,000 in your pocket. Deficit Reduction Plan ! This looks like a great bill to get behind and make sure it gets from Washington to Main Street the way it needs to ! I'm not listening to all this political horse shoot in the bucket that'll throw rocks at this because of political preference. Pass It Now ! Why didn't it happen with the last stimulus ? Any of this money going for Rum and wooden arrows ? Let's see the numbers sheet and exactly how much and to where and who for what ! How much money are the teacher's getting ? How will this educationally driven money be divided between states and what are the stipulations attached and or mandates .... govt.regulations ? Modernizing 35,000 schools where and we want to see and know the schools. How much are they spending and on what improvements ? Who decides what schools get fixed and which ones don't ? Call your Senator today ! American Jobs Act ! Here we go ! Fire it up ! Obama's passing out steaks and first come first serve ? Get in there Senator Hagan and pick out our steaks before they all get picked over ! Obama's in NC tomorrow !

    September 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Tom

    Funny, but this president is incompetent. What did we expect when we voted in a Community Organizer?

    September 11, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  7. Marry

    … President Obama really needs to deliver… The President does, thank you! But, go talk to the GOP/TP. “NO, H E L L NO” is obstruction to “make the President fail” not a "Plan"! Very short memory and too much watching FOX Entertainment and FOX light (CNN) by a lot of people writing here! How anyone could ever even consider voting for the “job creators” in the GOP/TP is beyond believe!

    September 11, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • Proud American

      I think you must go through life with blinders on. The last stimulus isn't even spent yet and now we need another one? More Federal Union Jobs (and votes) are being funded by borrowed money. How does this help the non union people of America? We need to export more goods, we need to start up more private businesses, we need to make it easy to start up new businesses. Not employ more government jobs. When are you people going to wake up to what is going on. 20 years ago you could live on 35,000 to 40,000 dollars a year. Now 90,000 to 100000 dollars a year is middle class. I can't believe anyone would condone another loan from China. You people are nuts.

      September 19, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  8. Ron Morgan

    The behavior of some Republicans during the speech was abominable: actually GIGGLING, and in a couple of cases laughing out loud. If the President had a fail-safe plan for curing cancer and heart disease and eliminating war and poverty, the Republicans would oppose it. The better the plan, the more vehemently they oppose it, because their goal is not to do what's best for the country, but to promote the Republican party. At the end of the day, what we are seeing here is not just partisan politics, but the complete operational breakdown of the American governmental system. It frightens me.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  9. Tom

    If the government spends tax payer money, they must account for every penny. No more investing in companies that go bankrupt the following year or projects that “…were not as shovel ready as we thought they were!” Ha Ha Ha. ...Mr President, is that funny to you?
    No more mistakes.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  10. werner

    If Obama would come down from mount Sinai, with a new set of stone tablets, the republicans would still say no to it ....

    September 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  11. Walt

    Wolf ... Please cover the Solyndra investigation. I am sure you can get to the bottom of it. I know there is a lot going on, but I trust you to give it to us straight and in detail.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  12. Perk

    The Tea Party Command needs more of an economic projection seeing further than a year. See the forest for the trees ? Americans are in the forest and we see the trees and have marked them ! One of which is the American Jobs Act and if it'll benefit Americans right now, then do it ! Hurry up and it's the best plan of action on economics we've seen yet. Find fault ? Then tweek to make it better and how ? List your positive revisions in reference ! United we stand and divided we fall ! This is the USA ! Looks like na pretty good bill to get behind !

    September 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
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