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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. Mike

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

    August 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      Having control of the Senate and House doesnt mean anything under the threat of Republican Filibuster. Dont leave that one MAJOR aspect out of your statement. That alone, and the Republican eagerness to say NO, and "make Obama a 1 term President" is enough to grind Congress to a screeching halt in the face of progress.
      Now.. would you like to restate your argument using all parts of the equation, or just the ones that make you look right?

      August 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • 40acres

        Hey Anthony, don't you recognize the standard Republican talking point rant? He can't restate it using the facts because that isn't in the script.

        September 1, 2011 at 6:57 am |
    • Scott Key

      Geez! What planet do you live on? This president has not had any cooperation from the Republicans at any time in his tenure, whether wielding a Democratic majority or not.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • Thunderbolt

        Hey Scott, guess what scholar, he didn't need them. He had a majority in both House and Senate. I oppose his policies as well, and I wouldn't compromise on Bills that hurt Americans. Stupid compromise on important issues is why we find ourselves here, in this mess. Compromise is only a good solution when the compromise is an advantage to the people. No, not unions and the drug companies, but the people.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
      • Thunderbolt

        He brought that on hisself with his accusations, lies, and deceit. Then ask the same person you was talking about, to help you in your agenda.Good luck with that! Get in the back of the bus! least until I wreck, then come sit under the steering wheel so I can blame you for the results of Freedie, Fannie, and Acorn..........

        August 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • Thunderbolt

        Maybe not, but that isn't the reason he couldn't pass anything. The reason he couldn't pass anything is because his own party couldn't agree with him. Just like his budget, not one vote for it...........Yeah that has to be because of the republicans and the tea party...................right??.......

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

      Full control of the house, senate and white house but couldn't do anything. Ever heard the phrase record number of filibusters. I swear if Obama suggested that he voluntarily step down the congress and senate would be against that too cause it was his idea. The right has made it their sole mission to make sure that Obama fails. That also means that the country fails but they don't care about that at all. If it isn't a tax break for the wealthy or stripping more rights or protections from the middle class they just aren't interested. They, as Rick Perry would put it, should be treated pretty ugly by the electorate next election.

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

      Do you understand how the filabuster works? It was used once a year or so for the first century of our government. The GOP now uses it at least once a week. There is no majority in the Senate unless you have 60 votes.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  2. Mark from Louisiana

    The Housing Authority of New Orleans today received a $30.5 million federal grant that could drastically change a large portion of the city's downtown. The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also seals the fate of the Iberville, the city's last traditional public-housing development, which sits near the edge of the French Quarter.
    Today's grant means big changes for HANO's last traditional development left, the Iberville, as well as a sweeping 300-square-block area of downtown New Orleans.

    As the grant demanded, HANO and its partner, the city of New Orleans, expanded their plans and investment far beyond the 23-acre Iberville site to an area they call "Iberville-Treme," a 300-square-block area bordered by Tulane and St. Bernard avenues and Broad and Rampart streets. With hopes of transforming an entire neighborhood, developers will spend $589 million in the "Iberville-Treme" area to construct nearly 2,446 new apartments, many above ground-floor stores and cafes

    August 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  3. rand

    remember when the person you disliked in high school held a party the SAME exact night at the SAME TIME as yours and invited all the same people just to compete? The joint sessions of congress will be summoned to appear at the same time as the Republican debate................there are clearly high schoolers running the country.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  4. yaati

    Does anyone really listen to him anymore ?

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

      You should.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      Just intelligent America. I can't speak on behalf of everyone else though.

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

        Odviously, no you can't.......not seems

        August 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • 40acres

        So thunder, you are saying that it is a good thing to be qualified to NOT be in the group he is talking about (intelligent America)?

        September 1, 2011 at 7:05 am |
    • WilliamFL

      The only ones left who listen to Obama are the freeloaders who don't work and live like parasites off of the blood of hard working taxpaying americans like me. Honestly, I hope one of the secret service agents does us all a favor and gets rid of Obama and Biden.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • 40acres

        Darn right William (forgive the pun). Because all you Republicans know that you don't have to listen to new ideas or facts or anything. You all just KNOW that the only way to do things are the way we have been doing things and if you do those things enough times and long enough that things will work just the way you want (not the way they have for the past 30 years).....eventually. I believe psychiatrists have a term they use to describe this behavior.

        September 1, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  5. For His Speech

    And 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 3:55 pm |

    Why wouldn't it be a 'make or break' moment for the GOP and Tea Party in particular?! Obama can propose whatever he likes, but it's up to Congress to approve. We already know they reject anything he has to offer. It will be up to the American people to either be behind him or not. If they agree as I believe the majority will, it will be up to them to let their congressman know – even though the GOP has chosen to ignore the views of the majority of Americans if they don't agree with their talking points.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  7. MikeD

    I'll likely be watching his replacement in the debate that night.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      And WHO on earth would that possibly be? Please explain, I'm dying to know who the Republicans have that would be a better choice than Obama, and WHY? Facts please.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  8. JWS

    Really, Wolf? Really?
    Really CNN? Really? This is the best you can do to try and save Obama? I never thought i'd say this but Fox is more reputable.

    Obama has a "make or break speech" ...a laughable idea at this point. The man is "broke". Another self serving speech will not matter.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  9. Reggie Pelicieux

    Forget the speeches. I want action. "Walk what ya talk."

    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • 40acres

      Tell that to your State Representatives Reggie. It's the only way anything will work. If we the people leave it all up to the politicians all we will get is politics. So listen to President Obama's ideas and decide for yourself (and don't let the pundits or politicians make up your mind for you) if they sound like they will work or not....then contact your rep and let them know what YOU have decided. If you want to take your country back, that's how you do it. Otherwise you are simply handing it over to the politicians and pundits who may not have YOU and I as their number one priority.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  10. shared_gum

    This is how things are overdramatized. I am sure that the following speech will also be the most important speech, too.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  11. Dan

    Can't wait for the next set of lies. "Be honest for once Mr Prez."

    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      But Bush isnt giving a speech tonight....

      September 1, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  12. Jon

    Make or break?


    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  13. JOE

    Like if a Republican president would create jobs and improve our economy. After all, the Republicans are responsible for this crisis and if they had any answers to job growth, we wouldn't have been in this crisis in the first place. Therefore these Republican presidential candidates need to go to hell.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  14. Make or Break Indeed

    It goes without saying the speech is important. But what follows that speech is even more important. ACTION!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • 40acres

      Just to be clear....that would be action on OUR part. To let our reps know what WE think.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  15. SAM

    Dear President,

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

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

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  16. Stevo

    Ge can say whatever he wants, but his actions are 180 degrees out of phase. Like they say actions speak louder than words. Ge has America right where he wants it. Don't let the worlds fool you.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      America's education system on full display on this post...

      September 1, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  17. Voltairine

    What’s the President going to do about jobs? Ever since the financial sectors of big business tanked the global economy in this financial crisis, they have steadfastly sat on their gargantuan mountains of loot rather than take a relatively small hit to their ever-increasing profits, even in this economy, to actually do anything whatever about the over 9% unemployment. Clearly big business doesn’t care about people, the unemployed least of all, except to have them at the ready when THEY want/need them. So again, what is the President going to do about jobs? Now if he says he is going to FORCE big business to start increasing their workforces, which they could’ve done throughout this crisis, and then he is doing something; perhaps he can ding them with an especially high tax as a penalty, which can then be used as revenue to hire state/federal employees to improve roads, facilities, services etc. How else could he do anything about jobs, at least in the private sector? The only other way is to, yet again, throw public money at big business on the “promise” that they’ll create new jobs, but we’ve already done that twice now and big business flipped-off the 14,000,000 unemployed. Frankly, if anymore public money goes into the pockets of big business, I think that the American people have every right to be extremely angry, both with the government, but even more so a big fat corporate F-the-people America. Aside from all of that, the only thing left is to go completely FDR and send the bill to big business and big money, or BBBM, or Triple-BM.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  18. ronjon

    If the President had any ideas – don't you think he might have come up with one before now? Here is his speech: Stimulus saved x amount of jobs. Green energy is on the horizon. Republicans are the enemy. My new tax gimmick will save the day. Sorry Wolf – he is toast.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  19. John Henson

    Anybody here believe a speech is going to make the difference between people having a job or not? Anyone?

    Nope. Didn't think so.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  20. BL

    Objectively, it doesn't matter what he proposes. Congress has no interest in improving the lot of the average American. Just as many people here only want to resort to infantile name calling, Congress i s nothing more than a collection of individuals looking to personally profit from their public office at our expense.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  21. ObjectiveGuy

    It's delightful that Mr. Obama has suddenly realized that the issue of jobs is actually important. However, I wonder if he would be calling for a joint session of congress and a nationally televised speech next week to talk about jobs if there wasn't an election next year??? Seems like everything this guy does is strictly motivated by politics, and not by what is best for this country. We can do MUCH better, people...

    August 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  22. George Hamilton

    Last time I heard there were hundreds of "shovel ready" projects out there. Where are they? The roads are falling apart, the schools are in disrepair, the bridges are crumbling, and millions are unemployed. Where did that stimulus money go? One trillion dollars wasted somehow.

    Employers hire when there are sales of the product they make or offer for sale. But, people are not spending due to two major reasons.

    1. They fear the recession is really a depression and they are cutting back or eliminating purchases to save their money for the unexpected.

    2. The tax structures are so high that there is less and less to spend after the Federal government takes a huge bite out of the paycheck in the form of payroll taxes, medicare taxes, and social security taxes. Now couple that with the tax burden imposed by the increased state taxes, property taxes, gas taxes, etc, etc. and a dollar suddenly becomes 60 cents.

    What to do? Lower taxes across the board. The more Washington and the States get, the more they want to spend. It is NOT THEIR MONEY, it is our money. The waste, fraud, and abuse in the Capitols is beyond believe. Instead of trying to cut back, the logic was to increase the debt ceiling to cover their butts.

    What is the REAL cost of the "conflicts" in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and all the other places we are sending our men and women to die. We took our eye off the ball when it came to why we are there. We are making enemies at an alarming rate over there.

    The President, and Congress will never work together unless it is to their own benefit either in the Press or in the the Election Booths.

    While we watch the uprising in the Middle East, we should be aware that someday it may well happen here. The people of this great country may very well throw the bums out of office other than through the polls. Abraham Lincoln said it all when he said "We will fall from within". It happened in all great civilizations and history repeats itself.

    Create jobs Mr. President? At what expense and where? Hopefully not like the last time where $1 trillion dollars was all but flushed down the political toilet. Take a drive, Mr. President, not down Pennsylvania Ave, but to the small shopping centers, local business districts, and farms of America. Count the Closed, For Rent, Gone out of Business, Vacant, or For Sale signs. That is the state of the Union, Mr. President. A Union of unemployed and unhappy citizens. And you, and the Congress are to blame. Think about that when you cash your next paycheck, one that is guaranteed, while America suffers. Shame on you and everyone on the Hill.

    God Bless OUR America. Those are the Americans who need it. Not you or anyone else on the Hill.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  23. Confused

    Really? Another speech. How about action. No, not another "not shove ready" (hehe) stimulus bill. We have tried spending our way out of debt, regulating our way out of this (DOJ suing states and companies) and it is not working. So now raise taxes. That will take money out of the economy? Really, does that make sense. There needs to be a common sense approach (from both sides.) I mean we have a President changing a 9/11 speech so not to offend the muslims, but he will body slam the republicans. The republicans are just as bad. Stop the bantering and roll up your sleeves and get to work. NEITHER side has shown a willingness to do that!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  24. JP

    As long as Obama puts the unions, trial lawyers, and illegals before taxpayers he will always be a failure. The best thing the community organizer and chief can do for the economy is resign.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      So, what would you do to create living wage jobs in this country? Do you honestly believe that Corporations would pay a living wage if they could pay below standard? Do you think they would police themselves? Unions are the reason you have weekends off and can take a vacation and can take a sick day. If they never existed we would be just like Mexico. If that is the world you wish to live in, so be it. I hope you enjoy the new world without anyone to protect the working man.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  25. FeddUp

    He has already had 3 1/2yrs and obviously his agenda is not in line with the middle class. Well, maybe making the middle class poor. Anyway. If he couldn't create jobs in his first four years what do you think he will do in the next.
    Besides, all campaigns are for is Political Rhetoric! Each party say what the public wants to hear, then they re-nig on just about "ALL" of them! Remember the Patriot Act, Border Security, More Jobs etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc, etc.

    Vote Third Party or for Ron Paul!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  26. FeddUp

    He has already had 3 1/2yrs and obviously his agenda is not in line with the middle class. Well, maybe making the middle class poor. Anyway. If he couldn't create jobs in his first four years what do you think he will do in the next.
    Besides, all campaigns are for is Political Rhetoric! Each party say what the public wants to hear, then they renig on just about "ALL" of them! Remember the Patriot Act, Border Security, More Jobs etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc, etc.
    Vote Third Party or for Ron Paul!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  27. Gasper Minja

    God blles we are waiting for that speech so as to decide for the incumbents to push out or in.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  28. Silent Majority

    I hope the president is taking wages into account during this stage of planning. Best way to stimulate the economy is to get money back in the hands of consumers and get people spending it on crap they don't need. That's capitalism. The $70,000 a year jobs are gone (even in the face of record corporate profits), but the cost of living remains the same. Having that $30,000 a year job is good enough to pay the bills and put food on the table, but not enough to make large-ticket purchases, or even to invest in education, health care, retirement investments, on and on.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  29. blooma dooma

    If there were a delicate balance scale that measured incompetence at one's profession and Blitzer were put one one side and Obama on the other, said scale would be in perfect balance.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  30. RapidFireAR

    He will extend unemployment benefits and increase the size of government to hire more federal workers. Not a substaniuble solution, Obama – FAIL!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • MTATL67

      Good thing you were not around when FDR wanted to pass the NEW DEAL or we all would be speaking German.
      Did you know that the NEW DEAL brought us out of the Great Depression. I thought you might find this information interesting as it applyes to President Obama and what he is trying to get done. But by 1936, the New Deal had begun to falter. Conservative businessmen, who found themselves heavily taxed and regulated by the new legislation, pushed a string of challenges to Roosevelt's programs through the courts. On January 6, the Supreme Court made a ruling that struck at the very heart of Roosevelt's reforms. WOW – how about that today we have the GOP and fiscal terrorist and businesses trying to stop the President from doing what FDR did.........PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • MTATL67

      Sorry for some of the misspelled words. I was multitasking.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  31. left Coast

    Obama can propose and propose and propose, but anything that will take an act of Congress is going no place. First the Republicans in the House will denounce any proposal as "Burdensome government regulation" or "Socialism" or some other sin. (Fox is ready to repeat this endlessly.) If, by any odd chance a proposal gets to the Senate, the Republicans there will demand a super majority vote – like they have done for every other piece of legislation. So the only thing that is left is for Obama to use his executive powers. But even those will be limited because the Republicans want Obama to fail. How else are they to take power? And that is what this is all about, the desire for the Republicans to have power so they can finish gutting the US economy. Actually the US economy is going along quite well with the Republican plan. Major corporations have amassed huge piles of cash, senior executives are making large incomes and most importantly anti union campaigns are doing well. Now to drive down taxes even farther for those at the top, limit spending on anything but military contracts, and drive wages even lower. Within a year or two we can have the perfect Republican world, a two class society. The top 0.00001% owns everything and the rest at the bottom, just thankful they live in "Exceptional America!" Hail the Republican Party and The Market.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  32. Willaim

    This will be his "break-it" moment. Unless he gets and economic degree and completely understand economics this country will be on the wrong track. Taxing the rich and corps. more will just further their dislike for staying in this country. Taxes prevent growth. It would be an amazing thing for him to give corps. a tax break for bring jobs back to America namely manufacturing jobs. But on the other hand corps need to realize that outsourcing jobs for cheaper labor only hurts them in the long run because less people can afford there products. All of obama's and bush economic policies favor short term net growth which goes to a specialized group which has a negative effect on the economy because it takes away from the growth of the larger population.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  33. Betty

    No more bailouts .Hes up so something that will distroy us more .Hes a wolf in a presidents clothes .Hes a cook and a liar .Done let him keep hanging the working people out to dry .Hes a crook .T many vacations when he could hace spent that money to help america .Hes selfish and dont give a rats butt about any of us .Vote him out or impeach him to stop his waste and spending like that moeny is for his fun and intertainment Its taxpayer money not his .Republicans and democrats get him stopped .

    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Goto School

      Hey Betty, you need to seriously attend school first before you attempt to post in this section. You don't know how to spell worth a lick and your hatred for the President is showing and it is getting close to sedition!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  34. Reality Check

    We may just find out that $30K is the new $70K and our economy is just resetting itself from inflated salaries & spending.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  35. cadecker

    he's been making speeches about it for 3 years.... and nothing happens...words dont make jobs mr. obama

    August 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Reality Check

      And we knew that when he was elected .. no experience but an excellent speaker. What did we expect?

      August 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • lionhart

      Nothing happens because of inaction in congress. Not the president.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • ANTHONY76

        This is what EVERYONE fails to realize.

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

        Which Democrats controlled for the first 2 years.

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

        It feels the same to me.

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

      Did U know that the best estimate for "green jobs" is like next to nothing. Will U have a "green job"?

      August 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  36. john

    This guy seems to have a "crucial" speech once a week. That's about all he does, other than spending gobs of borrowed money. I'm just tired of hearing him talk. Would you please stop the talking. Just get out of the way and stay on a vacation somewhere. Play golf everyday, I don't care!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  37. Big Country

    Hampering the posting of comments by putting such stories on lifeless blogs to stem the tide of Anti-Obama comments, priceless.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Betty

      Obamas hate for this country shows with his breaking it down to the bone .Then when hes out of office he will move to another country .More people that voted for him sees what and who hs is and wont be voting next time for him .Hes gone from office on the next election .Unless hes impeached first ,Impeach him soon .

      August 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • ANTHONY76

        "THE REPUBLICAN'S hate for this country shows with THEIR breaking it down to the bone .Then when THEY'RE out of office THEY will move to another country .More people that voted for THEM (in 2010) sees what and who THEY ARE and wont be voting next time for THEM .THEY'RE gone from office on the next election .Unless THEYRE impeached first ,Impeach THEM soon . "

        See what I did there?
        Try again.

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

        what planet do you hail from, because it sure isn't earth....

        August 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • itzmeman


        You must have been educated in a pro-GOP state that does not like to support education with tax dollars.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • Republican Position

        Betty Exemplifies the Republican Position So Well! The hatred for the first Mixed race President and the fact that Republicans do not want him to succeed at the price of keeping innocent Americans hostage is showing! That is the real crux of this matter. The No-Plan Republicans want for good people to vote for them only so they can revert to the *Failed* Policies of the Past. That's the bottom line and Betty shows the Republican position so very well.

        September 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  38. Kevin

    Another speech; make or break? What is he going to say he's going to do that he has had the power to do all along? It's a bigger problem than that of the office of the President and hearing prose of an army of speech writers isn't going to change anything. If nothing else, it's annoying.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  39. max

    You bet its a make or break. His job depends on this issue. And he better deliver. If he fails, the Repubs will win easily.
    The country needs action, not only speeches. The housing industry is in the ditch and needs a bailout- and too many people are on govt benefits.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Reality Check

      Agreed, I'm not a fan of the Democrats at this time but I don't see any Republicans that are any better .. no real choices out there...Same stuff .. different pile.
      Oh yeah, and anyone attaching themselves to the tea party movement scare me even more.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • Kibbles N Bits

        Agreedeed. What happened to a middle of the road politition? What is this? the X-Games?

        August 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • Big Country

        It's time to give someone else a chance, Obama is not getting it done.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
      • damian - Gunbarrel Colorado

        Yeah, those Tea Partiers AKA Mr. Bachmann are going to fix gays – so that's getting something done, right?

        August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • Big Country

        @damian: Listen schmuck. I didn't say anything about fixing gays or Bachmann.

        August 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • itzmeman

        @ big country

        Listen schmuck? Seriously? And we are suppose to listen to anything you have to say? Why don't you call a person a loser, or jerk, or better yet, tool? Play nice in the sand please!

        August 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • John

      The GOP is going to win either way – Obama and his failed social policies are more than enough to convince those independant voters that they fell for a big long line of BS...How is that Hope and change working out for you anyway. No the GOP and the tea party are not for rich people, they are for individual freedoms that too many of you on the left are willing to give up so you can get your government handout. "What's in it for me and I'm entitled to it" Instead of blaming all those rich mean and greedy business owners and corporations who create the things and services you need and the jobs you want, why don't all you losers start becoming independant instead of slaves to the Democratic left wing – cause that is all you are to them...They want you dependant and beholding to them – because that is power for them which translates to votes. We are all created equal...but after that all bets are off.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • 40acres

        Here's the problem John. The corporations don't create the goods and services that we all need. The PEOPLE who work for the corporations do (and that does include many small business OWNERS who actually work alongside their employees). What you may want to keep in mind is that "corporations" are NOT people, regardless of what the SC says. The entire purpose of a corporation is to make profit...more profit = better (that is what the stockholders REQUIRE). This is a constant....that is at complete odds with the needs of the workers who are being told (by corporations) to do more for less, oh and by the way go buy our stuff and we don't want to have to pay for any of that infrastructure stuff that we constantly rely on to continue our operations so go pay for that too. So your little diatribe about "What's in it for me and I'm entitled to it" is a better description of the corporation's mindset than it is the worker's or the unemployed (those who used to provide a service to the corporations until the corporations decided someone overseas would do it cheaper). A final thought....corporations and small businesses do NOT create jobs, demand for goods and services does. Henry Ford understood this long ago....why don't you?

        September 1, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  40. TEA PARTY Mike

    Hopefully Obama will not call for billions more in green enery spending. Or at least acknowledge what the government has been doing on green energy is not working to create jobs and offer some new direction.
    The New York Times ran a recent article that the spending in the stimulus has not created to green jobs as promised.
    Just today a solar company Obama had touted as a big green jobs success has filed bankruptcy. The government gave them 475 million dollars and they were projected to create 4,000 jobs. Instead they created 585 jobs before going bankrupt and are now laying of 1100 jobs. They cited the main reason the business has failed is government regulatory policy. Absolutly the US would benefit from being the leader in the world on new energy tech., green or otherwise. But Solar and wind are not new, this tech is manufactured already all over the world. Maybe throwing billions at wind and solar is not a good idea, it does not seem to be producing the promised results. And if government regulations are impeding the success of green energy compainies, then the government is working against itself by spending billions on green energy compainies while at the same time imposing regulations that make if difficult for them to succeed.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  41. chris

    The only way Obama can stimulate the economy is to remove the thousands of regulations he's put in place since taking office. Short of that he's one and done.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      Sounds like a sound bite from FOX NEWS. Regulations don't stop job creation, what does stop it is giving Corporations a tax break to send jobs overseas. Nixon made a deal with China in the 70's to sell this country out. Obama can't do anything about it. We are going to the way of Rome and it makes me very sad to stand and watch as my country self destructs.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  42. ken

    I have no doubt that Pres. Obama will rise to the occasion. The question is will the Republicans be a willing partner

    August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Suz

      If you have no doubts, you haven't been paying attention so far.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Michael

      Probably not, but miracles have happened in the past. Just look at some of the asinine comments left above...

      August 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • KWS

      Your Obama adoration is showing!

      He might come up with something more insightful than "please call your congressman and ask him to cooperate and come up with a good jobs plan" (his basic leadership position on the budget crisis), but if he can't INSPIRE republicans at home and in congress he doesn't deserve their support.

      Reagan, Bush and even Clinton found ways to get their positions considered. They made complete proposals and explained why they would work, and this relentless presentation of facts and educated assumptions eventually rose above partisan politics and got support.

      Obama has failed to do that, and in that failure, has failed to govern as an effective president.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  43. Shane Irvine

    Make no mistake, Obama inherited a catastrophe caused by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's administration and the Republican Party is obstructing any progress just so they can make Obama a one-term president. As a result of theirRepublican Party cowering to the Tea Party, they have done everything they can to make President Obama look bad. That includes preventing economic recovery. We need jobs and the Republican Party is usurping the opportunity so they can insure that President Obama will be a one-term president. Through their continual obstructive tactics, they will not allow any jobs bill to go forward during his administration.
    For example, in June the Senate opened debate on a bipartisan jobs bill known as the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011. This bill would have reauthorized and expand the role of long-running and consistently successful Economic Development Administration to administer jobs programs. In the past, the EDA had always been considered a bipartisan agency and the bill was introduced with bipartisan co-sponsorship and passed out of committee without any initial dissent from Republicans. However, after just two weeks, the bill was unanimously filibustered by Republicans and has since been pulled from the floor. The Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011 bill was ultimately killed as a result of controversial Republican amendments that included repealing health care reform, repealing financial regulatory reform, expanding offshore oil drilling, and more.
    As long as the the Republican Party continues to try and cram their radical anti-government social agenda down our throats by obstructing any legislative bills that might lower unemployment, this country will remain in the quagmire it's been in since George W. Bush and his cronies stole the two previous presidencies.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  44. Wally624

    Funny that he wants to give his speech on the same night as the GOP debate, not a day before, not a day after. An oversight perhaps? I think not. Same old same old before it even gets started.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  45. David

    And because his bid for reelection rests on whether he is able to inspire the American public that good paying jobs are being created and continue bringing us out of this recession, the R will make sure that neither of those things happen. Don't you just love the politics in this country!!?!?!?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  46. Guest

    Are you trying to make us think that President Obama hasn't already had his "make or break moment for his presidency? Cause for most of us watching these dysfunctional politicians, regardless of which has already been breaking America for decades now. Between in action, free trade, tax reform for campaign donors, pet projects, global concerns, etc they have run the nation into the ground. The media needs to wake up and focus on more then this month and the current deadline.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  47. rand

    I've never heard a SPEECH that CREATED jobs before.....

    August 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  48. Mughal

    he should spend the remaining year & half also for fighting about non-issues like universal health care. He put so much time & energy in his health care fixing campaign and touted it as a BIG achievement. Where is it now? How much relief did it provide to millions of uninsured Americans? So much for "Yes we can" ... no you cannot and did not even after 3 yrs into your presidency.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  49. Larry of Massachusetts

    If anyone thinks Obama's speech will do anything to help the unemploymentg picture, I have a bunch of brudges in NYC for sale. If Obama knew what to do, he would have told us months ago. All that is happening now is a bunch of speech writers are busily writing a speech he can use for his campaign. To "announce" a "Jobs Speech" and then wait 2-3 weeks to deliver it is an insult to th intelligence of the American voters --

    August 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  50. Denise Martin

    I have been keeping a tally of CNN (Democrat/Republican headlines) and Foxnews (Democrat/Repbulican headlines)...what I find is amazing! CNN reports on Obama 1/3 the amount they have headlines for Republicans..but Obama's headlines are benign or even promotional (i.e. Obama: Country First, Frum: Give Obama a Break, Obama Calls for Assad to step down) but their republican headlines are nothing but detracting ( Rick Perry Gets Heckled, Perry faces 'idiot' jab, Bachman's Elvis Flub). Same for Foxnews (Obama: Here's My plan...Next Month, Obama: Everything on the Table, Obama Giving Free Pass to Illegal I will say that they are not as inflammatory as CNN is on republicans) and for the Republican side (Perry makes 'First Good Impression', Frontrunner Perry, Perry Gives GOP Race a Jolt)...but today, I am sickened that Obama chooses the SAME night as the Republican debate in California to do his speech that he finally decides he needs to come up with some plan to save our economy, all his plans have tanked...So, CNN reports what a great move this is, while Foxnews reports why he is picking the same night as the debate that has been scheduled for months...Give me ONE news source that just reports the news and leave your stinking opinions to yourself...where is journalism??

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  51. Derek

    Actions speak louder than words....and all we've heard from Obama are a whole lotta words.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  52. Mark

    "make or break speech"- Does anybody other then the press pay attention to the President's speeches? It is his policies that are the problem and another speech blaming Bush, hurricanes, tea party, headwinds etc is what we will get without any other policy but goverment subsidies and bailouts. How about something different like rolling back taxes rates and regulations to unshackle the private sector?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  53. George

    He'll either focus on the point that U.S. corporations must stop outsourcing jobs or he'll demonstrate that he doesn't get it.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  54. damian - Gunbarrel Colorado

    Hey Wolf,

    Thanks for the post.

    Question for you: Is it the responsibility of the President to create a plan for everything, or is it the responsibility of the elected officers in the Senate and House?

    I ask you this question because in the end, it doesn't matter if President Obama has the best plan ever. With such a divided Congress who can't tie their own shoes without arguing, no matter what the President puts on the table, it will not be good for someone. Somebody out there will feel some sort of pain, and the elected official who wants to be re-elected will do whatever it takes to keep his/her constituents happy.

    Until Congress has a reality check and can demonstrate that they can work together and get things done, it doesn't matter who is in office. Well, maybe that's not true. I firmly believe there are elected officials that will vote against anything President Obama puts out there simply because he is black, and that's the most selfish saddest part of all of this mess we are currently in.

    The President's ideas are a departure from the norm. Where has the norm got is to so far? People fear change. So again, President Obama could have the best solutions, but because his ideas are too progressive for mainstream America, they will sadly never come to fruition.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  55. o8sys

    We are already broke, thanks to Socialism. Let's get back to good old fashioned small biz captalism....repeal ObamaCare

    August 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Easy ToSay

      "Socialism"? Are you and others who think like you ready to Sign a PLEDGE to turn your Social Security check back to the U.S. Government when it comes time for you to receive it? You should put your money where your mouth is, buddy! Give back your Social Security check for one, and Pay Your Own Hospital and Doctor Bills instead of using Medicare from now on! Really put your money where your mouth is if you hate the so-called Socialism! Let's see if you do that!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  56. USwatcher

    As a retiree...and as a homeowner who has watched our home devalue...due to so many people around losing their jobs and homes...I am very interested what our President has to say...more importantly,I'm very interested what our President and Congress is going to DO about jobs for my children and grandchildren and all Americans.More than talk...we need action.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • 40acres

      Then WE need to listen, evaluate and tell OUR representatives what to do. And WE need to stop allowing the pundits and politicians to make the decisions for us. The basic belief behind the construction of the democratic republic we live in was that WE, if kept informed (not controlled), would be better at deciding our future direction than our elected representatives alone. Lately, it seems "we the people" have been deferring to those whose agenda may not be in OUR best interest.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  57. DrDoITT

    'President' Hussein = FAIL!!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  58. como1

    Hey Wolfy I will not be watching.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  59. Benedict Cruz

    Unfortunately, President Obama has given more than enough speeches, but less in action or actual positive results. It would be much better for him if he would give a short concrete speech on jobs and actually follow it up with real actions.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  60. lolsigh

    I would rather vote for Obama than the republicans that adhere to private interest groups over whats best for the people.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • lolsigh

      why does it saying I am waiting moderation is it because I said the truth and the republican run CNN doesn't like it?

      August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  61. keeth

    Where are the jobs promised by Congress?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Blamethe Conservatives

      Keeth, go ask the do-nothing, obstructionist Republicans. They are what is holding up the jobs due to their lack of cooperation with the President just so he won't get credit for creating jobs! In effect, the Republicans are holding this country's jobs hostage while trying to win political points but it will cost them DEARLY next election, just wait and see! People are not fools. They know exactly how they are working against the President and the people of America!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  62. Barry Bowser

    This is just the tip of the ice berg its gonna get worser when 2012 hit the so called "New World Order" is gonna take in affect and its gonna affect way more people we havent seen depression yet! This is just the "beginning".

    August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  63. Joe get ya sum.

    **yawn** doesnt he have a golf game or vacation coming up soon? why does he keep thinking that people are going to tune into his lame speech? Obama. .please go away.. rub on michelle's big ass feet or somethin'

    August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  64. Barbara

    The only way we will be able to add new jobs to the economy is to get a new Congress.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  65. Scheer

    Does this do-nothing need to be on television every time he has a thought? Outside of State of the Union addresses, televised speeches are for wars and emergencies. Good grief. 2012 cannot come fast enough. I'm so sick of this.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  66. The Facts

    "There is no doubt that President Obama inherited an economic nightmare."

    Absolutely true. Unfortunately, that mess was created by the Democratic Congress that took control of the majority in 2007, roughly the same time that spending also began to rise rapidly. Its also worth pointing out that the same Democratic party of America held the Senate, the White House and the Congress and managed to get absolutely NOTHING substantive done during the 2 years of that super-majority, that would affect jobs, or the economy.

    So now, what we have is our first credit-downgrade, and 9.1% unemployment.

    You can't blame Bush forever Barrack. Eventually you're going to have to just come out and admit, that "I Barrack H. Obama and an empty suit and a liar. I promised you change and have changed NOTHING, except our credit-rating score."

    August 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  67. Jason

    "I've been calling it a "make or break" speech because jobs remains issue number one in his bid for re-election" Wolf will just frame it however he likes and just sell it to the public that way. What an irresponsible little man...

    August 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  68. veritas

    Too little too late. He's had his chance...and he has obviously, unquestionably blown it. Game over.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • The Answer

      So Let's Revert To the *FAILED* Policies Of the Past Under Republicans!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  69. Rita

    i want him to tell us what he is going to do with the people who are older and can't get a job. Companies won't even look at you if you are over 55 but the sure as hell find some other excuse why they didnt hire you.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  70. Jilli

    I'll side with Obama over Cantor and his laughable repeal regulations job creation campaign. Cantor really this American voters are stupid – I'd say that this upcoming election is the perfect time to prove him wrong.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  71. Tom

    What he needs to announce is a major infrastructure initiative- a jobs works program whose sole purpose is to fix roads, bridges and rail. If you're unemployed and want to continue receiving benefits/get paid you have to work on these projects. It's time for infrastructure 2.0.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  72. cnnpeacecnn

    They really want action.,,but this system does not allow Obama do what he want to do,,,,as his wish,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    August 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  73. Brian

    Obama's speech on jobs does not matter. He is 2 years too late and his first attempt at creating jobs was a joke. Now he's serious? Really?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • GoAsk ThemWhy

      Brian, go ask your Republican counterparts why they *stood in his way* of job creation and you'll have your answer!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  74. Daisy

    Are you kidding me? The same day of the Republican Debate?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  75. Kit Gainer

    Trickle down does not work for America in a global economy. Unemployment benefits can't be extended forever. It's time for a WPA style work program. Getting folks off the sofa and working together as team will save our nation from the looming financial and societal meltdown.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  76. Gary Bonner

    I hope that he will discover the courage of his convictions. I have been listening to this man for three years and I STILL can't tell what it is he stands for.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  77. Chris

    I don't expect much in this speech. Nobody in Washington, DC, knows how to force companies to hire. Whatever is said, I know the GOP will call him the anti-christ or Hitler or some other boogeyman, even though they don't have the slightest idea of how to spur job growth, themselves.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  78. O.T.

    Here's Obama's problem. His anti-business policies create uncertainty and fear. So businesses can't invest the cash that they have. Until a new administration is elected, the economy cannot grow at the rate necessary to improve the jobs situation.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  79. Mike, Washngton DC

    Make or Break Speech??...What do you calll he past speeches?...We all know Obama can talk and good talk..but can he walk the walk?...put up or shut up I say...

    August 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  80. cnnpeacecnn

    People don't want low salary job,and they don't want to join the Army,,that's the problem

    August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  81. joe j

    If Obama wants the private sector to start hiring soon all he has to say is that he promises not to run for reelection!!! Private companies will realize that the time of big government and tax and spend ideology is over and they will finally get some relief. The help wanted signs will come up with-in hours.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  82. kris

    Very typical of Obama.......lots of hot air with no action or results.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  83. Greg

    I don't like Obama, I didn't like Bush. I like even less Obama and his flock blame others for what is happening. I also dislike people pointing at the POTUS as responsible for our economy. It part they are sort of correct, but when you look at historical markers and patterns you will realize that this is something that happens on a predictable schedule. Whoever our next POTUS is will have it rough. It will be worse from 2012-2016 than it has been since 2008. It happened 3 times in the 1800s, it happened 3 times in the 1900s, and it will happen 3 times in the 2000-2100 time frame. The problem is in how our government changes it's formulae to judge fiscal soundness and unemployment. If we, today, use the math used to derive unemployment numbers that were used under Administrations before Clinton we'd show about 22% unemployment. Go look at shadowstats

    August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  84. boogietime

    Lovely. So count on lots of market volatility mid-next week.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  85. rahulbose

    Yawn, another "big" speech from Obama which is going to "solve" real world problems. The campaigner in chief is at it again. Time for US citizens to take his promised 8 percent unemployment and "shovel ready" jobs and bury his presidency.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  86. jrm03063

    Oh please! Make or break? All Obama has to do is persuade America that he has more of a plan for jobs going forward than the GOP – which is easy – since the GOP has taken a blood oath not to spend money on anything! I mean, they're already haggling about disaster relief – why would they consider jobs to be anything that actually required them to do something?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  87. Brian

    What an absolutely disgrace of a man we have as President... he scheduled his speech IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES! What a political hack piece of garbage this man is

    August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • GetYour FactsStraight

      And what a shameful disgrace you are, Brian, for saying that and knowing that the President gracefully gave up his time slot at the suggestion of the House Speaker! Your venomous dislike for the President is showing when you would even post things that are inaccurate and unsubstantial at best. Typical Republican!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  88. Hotdog

    First of all, it is not a make or break speech for The President. CNN, The Koch Brothers, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican party have put forth a concerted effort to make sure that this President serve only one term. These people would rather see the country fail than to see the first African American President be successful. It just amazes me to no end that CNN reports on every stupid thing that Sarah Palin is doing and fail to report how the Republican legislature in thirty-one states are changing the voting rights requirements priior to the next national election. These same people consider themselves to be Christians and have much love for the country but their actions are just the opposite. Socialism can not be any worst than the divisive politics that are demonstrated by these people.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  89. sithlord5

    Sounds to me like another campaign speech that will sound good with no results. Kind of why its at the same time as the debates.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  90. David from Burbank

    I disagree Wolf. A speech is just a speech – make it or break it moments happen over time and for a Presidential Election we're over a year from voting day – that is a long long time. And it is disingenuous to not mention Congress' role in this – a President can not just create jobs with a flick of his pen, not enough certainly to help this recovery, it take's Congress to do their job and that I think will be the substance of Obama's speech. It is appalling that this country routinely over looks Congress and it is a failure of any political pundit to not mention Congress's role in our union. This further pushes the Myth that a President is king. He is not. He is one branch of three.

    You want change? Change congress!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  91. k

    I'm sorry but the Presidents entire campaign was originally "Change"...

    Change from the normal political BS.
    Change from passing the buck to future generations.
    Change from the way things were to a better future.

    Now he says it took him all summer to realize nothing has actually changed when that is all "We the People" wanted in the first place and that he has failed to keep his promise?

    DC is simply worried about keepig their jobs and way of life...not ours.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  92. cnnpeacecnn

    A strong feeling It's a blog from dark side ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  93. Joe

    How funny is it that this was scheduled the same night as the GOP debates?

    August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  94. minoriabc

    President Obama needs to work with congress to come up with a credible jobs plan that can pass. Most credible economists agree you need to stimulate the economy in a recession. You need to balance the budget over the long haul, not in any particular year. Many politicians also agree stimulus is needed they just disagree about how to do it. The problem is there are too many people yelling and not enough people listening. There are grass root organizations on the far right and fart left that push there extreme views. As a result it is tough for any centrist politician to get anything done in Washington. When the politicians go home they meet with their base which is non diverse and sit in an echo chamber that only reinforces what they have been doing. We will never get the politicians to work together unless we force them to. It is time for the people in the middle to start there own grass root effort. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. If you want to be part of the solution sign the pledge at

    August 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  95. David D.

    What a good jobs program should include: 1) Limit off-shoring. Create incentives and penalties for U.S. companies that offshore, to offset the advantage of low-wage countries; 2) Set a goal to eliminate our $650 billion goods trade deficit within ten years; 3) Include mortgage debt in bankruptcy, so judges can write it down, strengthening consumer balance sheets so they can spend; 4) Cut defense spending from current levels of $700B down to about $400B over ten years, spending the difference on infrastructure, clean energy, and education.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  96. Greg

    It's not a "make or break" speech; it's a "make or break" action plan. If it's just another speech, then folk won't listen to the rhetoric anymore. There needs to be some tangible grassroots job initiatives with the meat on them.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  97. sonny chapman

    Repubs. say that "Govt. doesn't create jobs." But Repubs. say it's Obama's fault there are no jobs. Bumper sticker policy has its limits.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • itzmeman

      You are exactly right in your statement. The propaganda to criticize the current President on his ability to create more jobs as the Commander-in-Chief is the same argument these individuals use to support their own inactions, or should I say understanding of producing a job creation atmosphere.

      Very nice post. It shows a critical thought process that some do not seem to have the ability to move through.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  98. cnnpeacecnn

    GOD bless President Obama .

    August 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  99. pugsley

    No more speeches, lets see action!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  100. jeff

    He has been talking about jobs for the last 2 1/2 years, and has nothing to show for it,oh that's right, it was all Bush's fault, if that is the case the Obama should not have run for the job. Stop playing "Politics", and running around the country working on your re-election, take some of all that money (the millions and millions) and put it to better use, give it to FEMA or put on the debt, that would show the american people that you are worried about more than just getting re-elected. That will never happen!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
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