The morning briefing: Jobs, approval woes, and Hoffa's moment
September 6th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

The morning briefing: Jobs, approval woes, and Hoffa's moment

The 1600 Blog's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Obama makes a stimulus gambit [CNNMoney]

And sounds a familiar Labor Day theme [New York Times]

Meanwhile, his approval sinks to new lows [Washington Post]

Palin is taking aim at Hoffa’s ‘thuggery’ [Facebook]

But Hoffa wasn’t the only one with colorful language Monday, Biden added his two cents [POLITICO]

Obama and Romney are battling for the high ground on jobs [TPM]

While Romney seeks to  stake out the centrist ground [WSJ]


soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. John

    Hoffa's "moment"? Can anyone imagine what would be done if a repub said about Obama "let's take the SOB out"?

    September 6, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • Howard

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA AND HIS GANG OF THUGS NOW !!!

      September 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Tea bagger

        Save american from Republican Tea bagger

        September 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • Steffany

        LOL! The repubs have said it; they just say it in a different way.

        September 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • EJ in Metro Houston

      I am guessing the same thing the Repubs did when that guy asked "so when are we gonna shoot Obama" in that town hall meeting or when that minister in Phoenix prayed for Obama's death and to make his wife a widow. These are true things that occured. I failed to see the likes of Sarah Palin rush to her FaceBook to defend our president when they happened either.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama's M.O. is to have his stooges, thugs and henchmen, like Hoffa, do his dirty work for him ... while he keeps himself at arm's length. And, when their underhanded deeds do happen to lead back to Obama, additional stooges, as well as the mainstream media, are poised to implement the cover ups, which further protect Obama's phony, dishonest, fabricated image.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  2. Pete

    Hoffa is a crooked bastard like his father was
    Just another crook for Obama to hang out with

    September 6, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • John

      The libs have been put in a position where they need to defend people like Hoffa and people like the drunk driving, illegal uncle of the president – who had a fake license and SS card.
      Hmm, I wonder why we haven't seen anything on CNN about the uncle?

      September 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • jean2009

        You mean step-uncle (his father's half-brother)...who has been in this country 25 years and the family hasn't heard from him in that many years.

        Gee John ... I suppose you think this matters because you are so into your own distant relatives...or what?
        With a mother from Ohio, and a father from Alabama, I have relatives I wouldn't know if we passed each other on the street....so I don't think this news matters at all. Other than to give morons something to talk about.

        President Obama actually meet his father once after his parents separated, and that was when he was 10 years old. So, where would that put his father's half brother on the list of importance....not?

        September 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
      • John

        Jean, read your hero's book. This is/was a person he looked up to. I can honestly say I do not have a uncle or half uncle or quarter uncle that is an illegal, drunk driver with a fake license and fake ss who has been in this country for almost 40 years after he was ordered to leve this country. Do you? Also, do you find it a little strange that his "half uncle" somehow ended up with the same lawyer his illegal aunt used not even 4 hours after he was arrested – especially when the lawyer is from Ohio and his "half uncle" lived in MA? It is amazing how far you libs will stoop to defend this guy, especially you.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  3. Ray E. Georgia

    "Taking out the Republicians in Congress" will not help the Job Situation. Raising the National Debt only delays the problem. Raise Taxes on the "Rich", puts more people out of a job. The best thing is to extend the Bush Tax Cute for at least 10 more years and maybe the economy will improve. And it appears Obama doesn't have a clue of what needs to be done.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Robert J

      I would like to ask all the republican / tea partiers this question on national TV, but since you act like the next sharpest knife in the drawer I'll ask you. The tax cust that you rigtt wing lug nuts keep protecting – show me (and all of America) the jobs it has created! Sorry you can't count soldiers / weapons suppliers / or stock brokers and anyone associated with the financial system – now show us the jobs the Tax break created and by the way just show us the ones that pay over minumum wage!

      September 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
      • John

        How do you calculate a "saved job". The tax cuts "saved" a million jobs... This president is about to go down the same stupid road and will ask for billions. He will tell us he saved millions of jobs.
        7 billion in stimulas – how many jobs? Tax cuts lets people keep THEIR MONEY. Stimulas takes money from working people. BTW, how many actual jobs did the 7 billion in stimulas get us? Last I heard it was somewhere near 400K per job it created. Only a lib would support this crap.

        September 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Howard

        The empty suit messiah, who has never had a job himself, has no idea of how to build a successful business, which in turn employs others. He thinks the government can just hand out unlimited amounts of money to unproductive citizens, who are on the public dole, just as he is. A business must be profitable, according to the laws of supply and demand, in order to survive, grow, prosper, and employ people. The Republicans understand this common reality, buy you pseudo intellectual liberals think a business exists merely to supply jobs ... and, if that doesn't work, you want the government to simply print and distribute more money. You liberals like making condescending, snarky remarks about the real working Americans, who are carrying your weight. You demand that more laws be passed to protect and coddle union workers, so that the rest of non-union America pay for the bloated wages and pensions of union workers. It's the liberal fools who will bring down our entire economy.

        September 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Elaine

    Whether you liked Hoffa's tone , or not, his conclusions are right.This country, and its middle-class were built , largely,by labor.There is a deliberate attempt by most of the frontline Republicans/Tea Partiers to castigate and change many of our country's cornerstones. They haven't displayed a real concern for the middle-class; and we have seen an all- out assault on everything from from the Social Security and Medicare systems to the ability of unions to collectively bargain.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Howard

      America was built by entrepreneurs and risk takers, who had the vision to create and build businesses which have employed millions of people. Other countries have millions of workers, but could not succeed as America has. The communist credo was always for the worker, but without free enterprise, and captains of Industry, all you end up with is millions of workers, in a failing state, and a failing economy subsidized by a failing government.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Are you talking about the Gilded age when workers were mowed down with machine guns simply because they had the audacity to stand up and ask for decent living conditions and a decent wage?

        http://www.businessinsider.com/us-wealth-inequality-2010-7#the-gap-between-the-top-001-and-everyone-else-hasnt-been-this-bad-since-the-roaring-twenties-1

        September 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
      • John

        My grandmother, who was part of a union marged in the Bread and Roses Strike. These are very different times. Most union members now push pencils and work for the government and make twice what their counterparts make in the private sector (when you include pensions, time off and such). Don't you see any fault in that?

        September 7, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  5. John

    Labor unions had their time, now they create situations like we have with the post office. Only 5% of working Americans belong to unions. After the Wisconson mess, when people "were allowed" to leave unions they left in droves.
    Re Hoffas tone – he talked about taking people out – how can anyone justify this? What if Repubs started saying Lets take that SOB in the WH out?
    BTW, the Tea Party people are the middle class. You use the word "assualt". I suppose you think the post office, who is in the red 9 billion, is under "assualt"?

    September 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh John, don't give me that. I see every day on this site teapotty people push that thought line of taking out the president. They are not just as blunt as Mr. Hoffa and he clarified his statement as the ballot box. Not the hints I've seen proposed here. So give it a break....thank you very much.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • John

        Once again Jean you are put in a position where you are defending a thug. When you make these blanket statements without backing up anything with a single fact people simply dismiss you. What would you be saying if, lets say, Sarah Palin, said of BO "Lets take that SOB Out"? Heck, her campaign folks used targets on a generic map to target seats for elections and people like you made a hugh deal out of it for over a month. You libs can't have it both ways. Statements from the left like "those Tea Party people can go to hell" and "we need to bloody them in the streets" and "target your enemies" and now "take those SOB's out" are way over the line. Can you come up with anything from the right that compares? I didn't think so – oh, maybe "you lie". But, he actually was telling a lie so I don't think that counts...

        September 7, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good question Robert J!

    September 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • John

      Really – what IYO is better – a tax cut that lets people keep THEIR MONEY or money spent on a stimulas program that takes money from working people? Half the country now expects the governmnet to take care of them. Where do you think this society is going with this type of "give it to me for free" mentality?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        I have never seen one person on here say give it to me for free. They either worked for it, or need a job and are willing to work for it. We just think everything shouldn't be geared to cater to those who have at the expense of those who need help.

        September 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • John

        Really? I will bet you my house that during BO's speech he will propose something for free, even in this economy. My guess is he will propose for extended, extended, extended unemployment money for over the 99 weeks people are already getting. He may even surprise us and come up with a totally new entitlement that takes money from people who earned it to give it to people who haven't.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  7. JoeyDee

    TAX CUTS CREATED JOBS ALRIGHT, IN CHINA!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • John

      How would you create "real jobs"? If you let people keep THEIR MONEY it is more likely to be spent wisely. Look at the states you libs have taken over with your misguided views. California is a disaster – is your goal to have all of America look like that? The real working middle class will not vote for this community organizer again. His policies are killing America. He doesn't lead – he blames.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    John, Are you REALLY trying to use California as THE 'good' example of how America could end up looking if LIBS took complete control of the reigns? Did you forget that Arnold Schwartzenegger is or was a Republican Governor? I guess we'd really look like California if you folks wishes come true. Repubs back in the Whitehouse? Ooooooh...! That IS scary! GOD HELP US!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • John

      Tell me a policy of Arnolds that would be supported by ANY repub. And now they have Jerry Brown...

      September 7, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  9. jean2009

    Thank you Mr. Hoffa, it is time someone spoke loud and clear for the reason this country is great.

    That reason is Union workers! If it were not for union workers, we would still have people working in the appalling conditions found in third world countries. If it were not for union workers, we would have women working practically as slave labor in garment districts...just like the fire in Bangladesh that recently claimed the lives of 30 workers. A fire for which J.C. Penney doesn't even want to pay the families of those women restitution for their loss.

    We need to take out the Tea Party at the next election.

    Thank you Mr. Hoffa. it needs to be said.
    Union loud and Proud.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You say "We need to take out the Tea Party at the next election." Now if someone said "We need to take out Obama" You would be all over it. Liberal = Double standard.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • John

      Hmm, I wonder if Hoffa's words had anything to do with the shooting yesterday?? Can you libs stoop any lower? Unions had their time, but they are killing America today. Jean, if unions are so good why have so many people in Wisconson opted out of them as soon as they had the chance, after the law changed where they wern't forced to be members of unions. Union membership in Wisc. is down 40% since the law change.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  10. jean2009

    The Bush tax cuts were never intended to create jobs for those that are not wealthy. This was true under Reagan...it was a known fact that trickle-down supply-side was a method to transfer money from the poor to the wealthy. It is what killed the middle class. If tax cuts for the rich meant abundant jobs today we would have zero unemployment, the best educated work force on the planet and the premier health of all our citizens.

    Where are the jobs, where is the educated work force (count all the cuts to education)? As for health care statistics they just do not stand up to those of other countries. We are behind every country with single payer health plans...even Iraq whose system George W. Bush spent $950 million of our taxpayer money to see they had.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yet your president extended them for two years. What in the world was he thinking?

      September 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  11. jean2009

    Supply-side, trickle-down, voodoo economics.....whatever you want to call it was a Republican scam to get a tax cut that helped no one but the ultra-rich. David Stockman knew it, Ronald Reagan knew it, George H. W. Bush knew it (he coined the phrase "Voodoo Economics" to describe it. It costs poor and middle class people more to support the rich.

    http://rationalrevolution.net/war/trickle_down.htm

    September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean, rich people do not make their money by taking it from the poor. The make it by creating capital. Sam Walton never took a penny from the Wal-mart till, he sold stock. This notion that the workers would get paid more if not for the company owner is so childish. Typical Liberals do not understand business, therefore they attack.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Pete

      The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."

      September 7, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  12. Jimmy Hoffa

    Youz guys need to listen up -to obama and me ... here's the deal. None of us need to work, i ll get you a paycheck, just show up – have a coffee, talk about the broads - everyone gets paid. We do things the detroit way like my daddy taught me

    September 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  13. GBA....GOD BLESS AMERCIA

    No backing down to the republican tea party thugs..American workers are ready to take those sons of...........out at the ballot box....

    September 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    There HAVE been threats of words made against Pres Obama! FOXNEWS even threw him out, but Glenn Beck had a gun pointed at his picture at one of his 'terroristic' tv lectures!...doesn't that indicate to 'take out'? Sarah Palin had Obama and (Democrats) Liberals or Progressives on her map of 'cross-hairs'! What does that signify to you? To most thinking Americans, that means to 'take out'! You all are the double-standard group of thugs..pots trying to talk about kettles! It's like Gooses & Ganders, Jay! LOL!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:52 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Democratic Leadership Council had target map in 2004.

      CNN's own Kathy Griffin said "I think it's Willow's year to go down" Never mind the fact that Willow Palin was only 16 years old at the time and Kathy Griffin is over 50.

      Did you complain about it Liz? Typical Liberal hypocrite.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:50 am |
      • John

        You are correct Jay. The dems first used that target map years earlier, but somehow the media didn't see it as an issue until it was used by Palin. And, how about the crazy media doing stories on the size of Palin's breasts? I must have missed the similar story on Hillary. But the news media is not bias – right....

        September 7, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  15. Pete

    Obama's only interested in saving one job....HIS
    if obama gets reelected he will continue to destroy our economy
    destroy everything we accomplished in Iraq and Afganistan by pulling out our troops
    obama is the worst Disaster in America since 9/11

    September 7, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  16. Pete

    Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
    He leadeth me beside the still factories.
    He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
    He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

    party's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

    line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

    me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

    My expenses runneth over.
    Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

    the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

    home forever.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    LOL! Pete this crazy!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |