WASHINGTON (CNN)– White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley quietly expanded the Obama administration's outreach to the business community on Tuesday by appearing via videoconference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's board meeting in Florida.
Daley's remarks on President Obama's efforts to create jobs and tout his competitiveness agenda came as another top White House aide, senior adviser David Plouffe, delivered closed-door remarks in Washington to the executive council of the AFL-CIO.
Plouffe told CNN that his meeting with top organized labor officials would undoubtedly include some conversation about the battle labor unions for public employees are waging against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
But Plouffe stressed that he mostly wanted to talk about "creating jobs and how we're going to win the future," the message Obama unveiled in his State of the Union Address and has been pitching in a series of events around the country.
The outreach by Daley and Plouffe shows how even as instability in the Mideast continues to dominate media attention, White House aides are trying to keep the focus on jobs and the rest of Obama's domestic agenda here at home.
"We're just trying to work with people to make sure we're creating jobs and winning the future and making sure the economy keeps going," Plouffe said, carefully sticking to the White House message himself.
While Obama has worked closely with organized labor during his first two years in office and is counting on them to deliver for him in the 2012 election, he has a much more complicated relationship with the Chamber of Commerce.
Though the White House saw eye to eye with the business group on issues like the stimulus package and the auto bailouts in 2009, the battle over health care reform sparked a huge amount of friction between them.
Daley, a former business executive and Commerce Secretary in the Clinton administration, has worked hard during his first few months as chief of staff to repair Obama's relationship with the business community.
In early February, Obama delivered a speech before 200 members of the Chamber of Commerce in Washington making his case that investing in key priorities like education and infrastructure during these lean budget times will help get the "We need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build our competitors," Obama said. "We need an economy that's based not on what we consume and borrow from other nations, but what we make and sell around the world."
“We were pleased to hear from Bill Daley at our board meeting today and enjoyed discussing ways to address our mutual goals of creating jobs and bolstering the economy and US competitiveness,” said Tom Collamore, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategy.
Why is our president the only elected official trying to get America working again? I thought the republicans were going to do that. They haven't done one single thing to help create jobs. You go Mr. President!
The Obama Administration WASTED the last two years dealing with dadt, obamacare, the united nations, etc., and all of sudden...NOW they want to talk about jobs???? IS IT NOT A LITTLE TOO LATE?...OH WAIT, THE MAN HAS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION...SEND HIM BACK TO CHICAGO WHERE HE BELONGS! I respect him as a person, but I don't believe he is qualified to be our president.
...another top White House aide, senior adviser David Plouffe, delivered closed-door remarks in Washington to the executive council of the AFL-CIO.
This Administration is all about transparency for the American people... except of course when they are cutting deals with the unions.
Four and the Door, you are a whiny boor. Why aren't you concerned that the Republicans have not even pretended that they are trying to create jobs in America. Sticking it to President Obama is NOT AS IMPORTANT AS PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK. Why can't all those new Tea Party candidates put their head together and find a way to bring jobs back home to America? THAT is what you should really be upset about. America needs work!
Yup, duh er uh, what was that cost to the tax payer the CBO came up with for jobs created or saved now? How is that old healthcare plan crammed down our throats as our economy spiraled, how is that 14 trillion dollar debt and 1.6 trillion dollar deficit working for ya? Only Neanderthal slack jaw Trogladites would ever dare to question the transparency of our most articulate intelligent Marxist in Chief...
Apparently the GOP is all about jobs!
700,000 with budget cuts during the worst recession since the 1930's but 878 billion in tax cuts for the rich
The GOP once again, for the rich and whizzing on the poor and middle classand calling it "trickle down" economics!
America got what it voted for!
Plouffe and Daley are scum bags and we all know it. Neither one are worried a solitary fart about jobs or the economy. Its about accumulating power and screwing the productive citizens of this country so as to buy the votes of the non-productive 47%.
You republicans are full of crap ! You will say anything , I haven't seen the republicans make one step towards job creation since they got elected last November ! I'm an independent observer and all I've seen from them is talk about cutting jobs and nothing about adding them !
Well now truth dealer....Let's consider that defunding the job killer Obamacare that equates to 1/6th of our economy as "jobs saved or created" as the Libtards so eloquently like to put it. I'd say that is doing something in the way of job creation but hey, I don't drink kool-aide so go figure. I also kind of like the Republican onslaught against Government expansion and deregulation, if you have ever been in business and tried permitting anything anymore, you will understand immediately, if not, well you are probably a public employee creating nothing yet costing a lot!
Did you ever take the time to think about why some Americans are not "productive"? Could it be because they were born with a disability? Could it be that disease or injury left them unable to work? Could it be because they lost their job because of the unethical business practices of Wall Street financiers? Of course there are some who fraudently milk the system. But they are a minority. To take an attitude that any citizen who receives a government check is a non-productive, drug-addled freeloader is not only ignorant but also uncivilized and inhuman.
You left of the millions that ride the emergency room getting free treatment. The ones on school lunches who are here illegal not only that their school supplies are supplied for them. I'm for emirgration but this is not emirgration this is PLAIN AGAINST THE LAW MAKING THEM GANGSTERS. As long as theres a Democrat in the Oval office we will see no change there. This cost money, tax dollars that not one of these people pay. No there is not very many of them. HOW ABOUT MILLIONS. Also why is Obamacare so important to any of the people who miused this system. They weren't paying for medical care anyway. So nothing will change for them. ONLY THE ONES WHO MAKE A MUCH HIGHER INCOME WILL have to pay for this trash. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WERE FURNISHING JOBS. NOW THEY WILL HAVE TO LET PEOPLE GO BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY ALL THE TAXES OF OBAMACARE.
I'm a Independent an both the parties should hold hands on this one. if they're truly working for the people make jobs. The people out here are hurting. No jobs, no pay increases but yet you DEVILs in the Congress gave yourselves ones. Don't think we're not watching. Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers and Independents we know what you do. And right now it is nothing in regards to working for us. GET REAL AND PUT IN AN HONEST DAYS WORK FOR THE PEOPLE, ARE WE WILL FIRE YOU.
It's nice that somebody is talking about jobs. Now that the Rethugs have gotten the majority, they don't seem to care a thing about jobs. If you could create jobs, the budget shortages would take care of themselves. With America working and paying taxes, things would ease up quite a bit. It seems to me that the only thing the Tea Party and Rethugs wanted to do was to get into office to give President Obama a hard time. They didn't and don't care about getting America back to work. How's that Tea Party thing working for America?
Way to go President Obama ! Finally someone is actually focused on job creation because it sure isn't the republicans ! They are more focused on putting people out of work than trying to create the conditions for more hiring ! I'm not sure what the GOP is doing !
Mr. Plouffe.....no more closed doors....if you have a comment to make, have the courage to make it in public. ALF-CIO....do not give up the WI battle, or , in my opinion, do not give into the corrupt Gov. Walker. Stand up for the American worker's. I know President Obama is for collective bargaining, and is trying his best to bring about jobs, but the republicans/teabag/corporate america are against him. Again, in my opinion, Walker and his masters...the Koch brothers are trying their best to bust the unions and bring the American worker back to dismal times. Open door policy please, as this is too important for American workers....no secrets....everything out in plain view please!
Four and the door. Pot calling the kettle black what about Republican closed door meetings with Koch? And read the post paragraph 3.
Root and branch. Plouffe and Daley are senior Government officials and "not scum bags" just because you disagree with them. Please be civil its not necessary to be vulgar, and I'd love to know which 47% of the leading economy in the world is Non productive and why?.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones!!
At least the Obama administration has real ideas to create real Jobs. The only idea from republicans is more tax cuts for the rich, and that for sure increases in a depressed economy the budget deficit and debt!! and has not worked for last 10 years.
I AGREE WITH MOST WHAT YOU SAY. ONLY WHY DON'T YOU LECTURE YOUR COMRADES OF ALL THE TRASH TALK THEY PUT ON A WOMAN WHO HAS NEVER DONE A WRONG TO THEM. SARAH PALIN ONLY RAN FOR VICE PRESIDENT. SO WHY SHOULD THEY TRY TO DESTROY THIS WOMAN NOT ONLY HER ALSO HER DAUGHTER. IT IS A DARN SHAME HOW SOME OF YOU DEMOCRATS ACT. AFTER 50 YEARS OF BEING ONE i RAN AFTER SIX MONTHS OF OBAMA. THIS BUNCH IS SICKENING. AND JUST WHAT HAS OBAMA GIVE TO AMERICA YET EXCEPTY A HUGE DEBT? DON'T SAY BUSH DID IT. A Democrat Congress was in charge for the last 7 years and they, not the President prepare the budget. If there's blame then blame Pelosi and Reid they ran the budget out of sight for incoming Obama. And boy he did his number. Still no jobs but a country that is belly up.
Please enlighten us all on their idea of job creation, do you mean further government expansion? Do you mean "green jobs" that have been shown in the Europe Nations to cost more than they produce? How about deepwater oil exploration and drilling, do you mean those jobs? The truth is Obama is clueless as most bureaucrats are, he hasn't a clue as to what hard work is to make a living. There were no "tax cuts" for the rich, there were no tax increases to the rich that already pay for most of the Federal revenue take, why don't you bitch about the 48% that take yet don't contribute instead? How about cutting overhead first and then let's take a look at a consumptive based tax that is fair, everyone pays something toward the betterment of our Nation instead of being dragged to the bottom by a bunch of free loading entitlement minded "you owe me's".
Obama is a communist and despises free markets. Look at his original staff. The new staff is just a bunch of toadies. Emelt and Daffy are there because the government has big hooks into their companies. JP Moron and Government Electric. Both got tons of tarp money. Both got sweet heart deals. Obama should be in jail, not in the White House. Fraud and corruption are rampant in this criminal administration. Tell us where all the so called stimulus money went?
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