Gaggle Notes: President's jobs proposals and next week's Midwest bus tour
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August 12th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Gaggle Notes: President's jobs proposals and next week's Midwest bus tour

There was no on-camera briefing at the White House today, but Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest held an off-camera gaggle and laid out some of the details of the president’s bus trip next week.

Earnest also downplayed President Obama’s promise yesterday that in the coming weeks he would be laying out new proposals “week by week, that will help businesses hire and put people back to work.”

Here are some of our notes from the Earnest’s gaggle:

– The president was speaking more “broadly” yesterday when he said he would be rolling out new jobs proposals week by week.

“I don’t think he was committing to a 9:30 a.m. Monday morning announcement for the next several weeks.  But rather I do think that he was talking about …that there are a number of things that the American people expect of their President in these difficult economic times.”

– The president’s plan to roll out new proposals is not a sign that his current proposals are insufficient. In other words, he’s not looking for “different economic proposals,” he’s looking for “additional economic proposals, additional things that we can do to get our economy moving again.”

– The president did not watch last night’s GOP debate, but has probably read some of the news coverage.

– The moment that caught the White House’s attention was when all the candidates raised their hands to say they would reject a deficit reduction proposal that contained a 10-1 spending cuts to tax increases ratio. "That's clearly not where the American people are.”

– Earnest’s longer response: "Not even asking corporate jet owners to assume one tenth of the burden that we're asking college students to bear. That middle class families – that they would not even consider asking millionaires and billionaires to bare one tenth of the burden that middle class families would be asked to bear in a deficit reduction package." That doesn’t reflect where the majority of democrats and independents are.

– The stops on next week’s bus trip were confirmed today…

MONDAY:  Cannon Falls, MN and Decorah, IA

TUESDAY: Rural economic forum in Peosta, IA (probably expect some town hall style events here)

WEDNESDAY: Atkinson, IL and Alpha, IL (the president will travel back to DC Weds night)

– Earnest previewed the bus trip this way: “…the President views it as one of the chief responsibilities in office to spend some time outside Washington, D.C., talking to people all across the country about the economy and about how they’re impacted by the policy decisions that he’s making here in Washington, D.C.  That isn’t just an appropriate thing for a President to do, it’s something that a President should do.  So he’s going to spend time in Minnesota, in Iowa, in Illinois doing exactly that.”

– Also the plan is for the president to travel to Martha’s Vineyard for a vacation with his family on Thurs

– Earnest was asked why the president keeps pushing for Congress to pass trade deals when the White House hasn’t sent them over to Congress yet. His initial response was, “have we not sent them over yet?” He then pointed reporters to ask the US Trade Representative or Congress about the “legislative mechanics,” emphasizing that “there’s agreement here about the benefits of these trade agreements getting through the Congress, both here at the White House and Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.”

– He would not confirm when exactly today’s meeting between the president and various corporate executives was set up, but said it was not in response to the market’s volatility this week and that today’s meeting was “similar to meetings he’s had pretty regularly” throughout his presidency.

– Earnest also avoided confirming who the attendees will be at today’s meeting, but CNN has since learned that John Stumpf, President and CEO of Wells Fargo, and Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox, will be in attendance this afternoon.


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  1. Howard

    Oh, well I guess CNN, and the democrats can start demonizing Romney for being financially successful. And, while you're at it, how about demonizing Ted Turner, who created CNN, John Kennedy, who was also a multi-millionaire, and John Kerry, who got his millions by marrying into it. What ever happened to valuing and admiring self made successful men and women. Hard working Americans, who fulfilled the American Dream ??? The captains of industry, who built this great country, and provided jobs for millions. Rags to riches hero's, like the characters from the Horatio Alger stories. Instead, today, the mainstream media, and the democrats have made it fashionable to demonize entrepreneurs, and people who achieve success. Maybe that's why today, America's economy is circling the toilet bowl.

    August 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • amax66

      You have got it right, keep it up, the truth scares progressives.

      August 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • jean2009

      It was the Bush policies that put the economy in the toilet. I also think you can go to CNN Money ,and find where one of the current captains of industry frankly states, in two articles, that the rich need to be taxed more.

      For most of the previous captains of industry I think if you look under a few rocks you can find some pretty despicable people and a long list of egregious wrongs....Cripple Creek, Col. 1904; Battle of Blair Mountain, WVA 1921: The Bayview Massacre, Wisc. 1886; The Homestead Strike, PA 1892; The Uprising of 20,000 New York, 1992; The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, NY 1921. and the list goes on.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  2. InObamaWeTrust

    Oh, "the Democrats can start demonizing Romney..." Now that's a switch.
    As if he, Romney, and his hating party doesn't "demonize" Pres. Obama much.
    Now that's a switch.

    August 13, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  3. Diogenes3p0

    Calling all who paid into social security and medicare flash mob his stops and demand answers. Social networking to the rescue

    August 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  4. maikl

    Yeee. Rich people always guilty. Poor people always good. But the fanny thing that poor will change place and be guilty than good if they has a chance. Until than they will criticize rich and demand higher tax, because they don't pay a dime.

    August 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • jean2009

      @maiki If you are rich and educated I will eat a hat, or a cat. Maybe you should go back on your meds.

      @Howard: Abraham Lincoln is dead. Obama is not a failure George W. Bush epitome of failure.
      Corporations are not people, they are businesses.
      OBAMA – BIDEN 2012

      August 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  5. maikl

    When we stop love looser, and hate people who work hard, create , open store ,plant and create opportunity and make money. This is what change brought this low communist agitator Obama to America,

    August 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Howard

      Abraham Lincoln was right ... Obama can't fool all of the people all of the time ... and, even with the mainstream media constantly promoting him, and making excuses for him, the people are finally beginning to see what an abject failure Obama really is.
      SAVE AMERICA ... IMPEACH OBAMA NOW !!!

      August 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Should'nt Obummer be trying to do his job as in working to fix unemployment, economy, and the deficit instead of taking a Bus tour to drum up votes for 2012 on taxpayers dime?

    August 14, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes Jean and the other thing about Howards' lie is that OBAMA isn't nor hasn't tried to fool any of the people! He is and has been THE MOST transparent president this country has ever had! He even campaigned saying that his time in office would be more transparent. I wonder now was that a good thing; since they take everything he says, does, or hopes to do and run it into the ditch, even before it is implemented! GWB was the obvious one who fooled all of the people all of the time! Sad bunch of sheep!

    August 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Howard; 'what ever happened to valuing and admiring self-made successful men and women'? It seems to me you need to be asking that question to the GOP. You can start with BUSH and CHENEY, anyone associated with them, and work your way backwards or forwards! You 'cons' all claim us liberals don't have anything because we don't want to work! We just want to suck off of the governments 'tit'! So WE must've been taking what we sucked off the governments 'tit', to buy, rent, and use what THE RICH had to sell!

    August 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    If what you all say is true about us liberals, it looks to me like we're the biggest portion of the population of this un-UNITED STATES. We've played the biggest part in making the RICH and WEALTHY successful. We perpetually took our measley 'tit' subsidie patronizing business entrepreneurs of America until they became rich! They ought to be thanking us and the 'FEW' of us who did or do work, often underpaid, for our mostly strained contributions to their success! Captains of industry? Where are they now?

    August 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Go Jean. Thanks for your post; as ususal it's very well worded and on point.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  11. maikl

    Bus trip, kva-kva- kva- and another vacations. You Obama's lovers can you ask Obama go do his job and skip vacation. No ,you would not, because you don't care about America, but CLOSED your face on anything this man do.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @maikl; the man is working! Would you call it a vacation if you were riding a bus and had to make frequent stops all over the US to get off and talk, trying to explain to the American people what you're trying to do, and what's really going on? If anything, one could get away with calling it a 'working vacation'! BTW, I hope you know that many posters on this blog have already CLOSED their faces on what you say and do. LOL! kva-kva-kva THAT! My goodness...do you really read? Are you really listening? HATE!

    August 18, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  13. rtyecript

    I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

    August 23, 2011 at 4:54 am |
  14. WalterBird

    The government can create jobs...

    If you say they destroy them, then they can create them by not doing what they do to destroy them... but that's just semantics, read-on...

    Now let's talk about a real solution...

    Death-By-Foreign-National is not laissez-faire!

    Death-By-Foreign-National is not free-market!

    MNCs' are not [supposed to be] in charge of U.S. immigration.

    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.

    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...

    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.

    ABRIDGED!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  15. ObamaWins

    Since the Repubs are getting sick and tired of Pres. O constantly blaming Pres. Bush for all of America
    's troubles, then I suggest that the Repubs quite constantly dissing our intelligent president on a daily basis.
    Tit for tat.

    January 4, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  16. ObamaWins

    Don't underestimate how strong the Grass Roots are for Obama.He is getting more smaller donations that he did 4 years ago.
    We are working very hard behind the scenes.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    January 4, 2012 at 1:51 am |