The President's Weekly Address
President Obama tapes the weekly address in Washington on Friday, December 2, 2011. This week the President called on Congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cut. Credit:  Chuck Kennedy/The White House
December 3rd, 2011
12:41 PM ET

The President's Weekly Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama for his weekly Saturday morning radio/internet address, as released by the White House:

This week, we learned that our economy added another 140,000 private sector jobs in November. Despite some strong headwinds this year, America’s economy has now created private sector jobs for the past 21 months in a row – almost three million new jobs in all, more than half a million of them in the past four months alone.

We need to keep this growth going and strengthen it.  That’s why we’ve been fighting to pass a series of jobs bills through Congress – bills that independent economists say will create more jobs and grow the economy even faster.  Because now is the time to step on the gas, not slam on the brakes.

Unfortunately, too many Republicans in Congress don’t seem to share that same sense of urgency.  Over the last few months, they’ve said “no” to most of these jobs bills.  “No” to putting teachers and firefighters back to work.  “No” to putting construction workers back on the job.  And this week, they actually said “no” to cutting taxes for middle-class families.

You see, last year, both parties came together to cut payroll taxes for the typical middle-class family by about $1,000.  But that tax cut is set to expire at the end of this month.  If that happens, that same family will see its taxes go up by $1,000.  We can’t let that happen.  In fact, I think we should cut taxes on working families and small business owners even more.

And we’re going to keep pushing Congress to make this happen.  They shouldn’t go home for the holidays until they get this done.  And if you agree with me, I could use your help.

We’ve set up a simple tax cut calculator on WhiteHouse.gov so that you can see exactly what the stakes are for your family. Try it out. Then let your members of Congress know where you stand.

Tell them not to vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays.  Tell them to put country before party.  Put money back in the pockets of working Americans.  Pass these tax cuts.

We’re all in this together.  The more Americans succeed, the more America succeeds.  And if we remember that and do what it takes to keep this economy growing and opportunity rising, then I’m confident that we’ll come out of this stronger than before.


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  1. Howard

    JEWS SUPPORTING OBAMA ARE LIKE KAPOS

    The kapos in the concentration camps were Jews
    who turned on their fellow Jews, in exchange for
    special favors. Obama and his administration, have
    consistently thrown Isreal under the bus, while
    campaigning for contributions from wealthy American
    Jews. The kapos were motivated by sheer survival,
    the American Jews who support obama,
    are motivated by greed, power,
    and what's fashionable ... even though they are being
    used like pawns by obama. All Jews should rally their
    support, and resources behind whoever runs against
    obama !!!

    December 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • jean2009

      Joe Lieberman, The New York Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal do not agree with you.

      December 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • Howard

        When obama lies, with false claims that he has helped Israel, he is just adding insult to injury !!!

        AIPAC, and the entire international Jewish community should put their resources behind
        whoever runs against obama !!!

        December 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard latest poll 54% back the President.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Let's say I Paid a little more
        Early on,
        on my Soon-to-be SOLAR POWERED Home,,,,

        In Hopes

        That I will be in front of the Electic Power Curve and save a lot!!

        A LITTLE Jingle (not Santa's JINGLE, I mean Cash,,,)

        I will get a Rebate from Tax Payers! YAY!

        According to the Bankrupt (Non-Disclosed Company),,,
        According to ALL the OTHER Liberals and Marxists,,,
        According to All the makers of (Non-disclosed) Foreign National's Solar Energy Manufacturers,,,,
        According to all the (Non-Disclosed Religious Holidays)...

        SOLAR PANALS, SOALR ELECTRICITY, and SOLAR COMPANIES are

        Not the way to go,,,
        BANKRUPT!

        If you Liberals have a Viable Company,,, better support the Constitutional Conservatives,,

        You may be able to continue Selling within the FREE MARKET SYSTEM!

        Removed a Soverign Nation's Name and referred to
        "All the makers of Foreign National's"

        Did not work,,,still sequestered,,,

        Now removed a Valid Company's name and referred to
        According to the Bankrupt (Non-Disclosed Company),,,

        Now removed other references to Marxists and Liberals... (removed the word "CHANGES")

        I wanted to say a word and that word may not be acceptable,,, (BUNDLES)

        I am taking away the word referring to a possible Diety,,,(figure it out My Friends!)

        Let's see where that goes

        I am thinking that I need to remover the words Constitutioal Conservativves,,,

        WOW

        December 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
      • Howard

        TRAITORS ...

        Jane Fonda is being honored by Barack Obama, as one of the '100 Women of the Century..'

        BARBARA WALTERS WRITES:
        Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.

        The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.'

        Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.

        He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk.

        In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

        From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the ' Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit.

        They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hey Howard!

      I have been called a Troll,,,

      I suspect that means I am making the Liberals feel a little Uncomfortable and Angry,,,,

      Wait,,, those Libereals are so LOVING and Inclusive,,, they would never call a person a Troll would they?

      Maybe they are USEFUL IDIOTS!

      I sure hope
      that all the Liberals
      Look Up what a
      USEFUL IDIOT is on
      Gogl....

      The USEFUL IDIOTS might want to switch sides!

      USEFUL IDIOTS are those that want to cause mischief until the COMMUNISTS come and kill them,,,

      HINT: Lefties and Useful Idiots,,,, better look up the history of USEFUL IDIOTS....

      I will continue to ASK YOU Lefties and USEFUL IDIOTS to look up the history on the Search Engines,,,,,
      Because I support INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS,,,
      Even for YOU! The USEFUL IDIOTS!

      December 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Let's say I Paid a little more
        Early on,
        on my Soon-to-be SOLAR POWERED Home,,,,

        In Hopes

        That I will be in front of the Electic Power Curve and save a lot!!

        A LITTLE Jingle (not Santa's JINGLE, I mean Cash,,,)

        I will get a Rebate from Tax Payers! YAY!

        According to the Bankrupt (Non-Disclosed Company),,,
        According to ALL the OTHER Liberals and Marxists,,,
        According to All the makers of (Non-disclosed) Foreign National's Solar Energy Manufacturers,,,,
        According to all the (Non-Disclosed Religious Holidays)...

        SOLAR PANALS, SOALR ELECTRICITY, and SOLAR COMPANIES are

        Not the way to go,,,
        BANKRUPT!

        If you Liberals have a Viable Company,,, better support the
        Cons-tit-utional Con-servatives,,

        You may be able to continue Selling within the FREE MARKET SYSTEM!

        Removed a Soverign Nation's Name and referred to
        "All the makers of Foreign National's"

        Did not work,,,still sequestered,,,

        Now removed a Valid Company's name and referred to
        According to the Bankrupt (Non-Disclosed Company),,,

        Now removed other references to Marxists and Liberals... (removed the word "CHANGES")

        I wanted to say a word and that word may not be acceptable,,, (BUNDLES)

        I am taking away the word referring to a possible Diety,,,(figure it out My Friends!)

        Let's see where that goes

        I am thinking that I need to remover the words Constitutioal Conservativves,,,

        WOW

        December 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
      • ciscproc

        @1FreeWorld

        Dude, generally when people call another a troll, they are are giving him/her the benefit of the doubt.
        And if you really always divide everything into good/bad and liberal/conservative, then being called a troll
        is about the best you can hope for. Just because somebody thinks you're a narrow-minded Republican fool
        doesn't even mean he or she is not a Republican. I know many reasonable Republicans who get pissed off
        at people like you for making them look like morons.

        So, calm down, you Troll.

        December 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
      • Howard

        VIETNAM TRAITORS ... CONTINUED ...

        Jane Fonda is being honored by BARACK OBAMA, as one of the '100 Women of the Century..'

        BARBARA WALTERS WRITES:
        Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.

        The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.'

        Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.

        He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk.

        In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

        From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the ' Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit.

        They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.

        She took them all without missing a beat.. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper...

        Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.

        I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.

        I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi . My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs)

        We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals....'

        When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real
        treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.'

        Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weight placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.

        I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released.. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.

        These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget....' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

        There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can.. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget.

        RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt,
        USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron,
        Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343
        PLEASE HELP BY SENDING THIS TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.
        IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SEE THIS MAYBE HER STATUS WILL CHANGE.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  2. john

    GOP said NO to middle class tax cuts. This means 160 Million people will see their taxes go up by 1500 dollars. This 1500 dollars would have went back into the economy and the people at the top would have more customers to purchase their goods. When the middle class has more money it will stimulate the economy because they will spend it. Give the tax cuts to the middle class and the people at the top will do quite well because they will have more customers. When you concentrate wealth at the top the money does not move around it gets stuck. I heard this from a very wealthy person on one of the news shows. It makes sense....

    December 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • underoverit

      john this is too simple for the simple minded GOP/TEATurds to comprehend, Ive been saying this exact samething since Bush gave the wealthy their tax cuts. Its gotten to the point that if you even mention taking back these "handouts" Bush gave the top 1% you are considered a "socialist" by the conservative base. Funny thing is they keep sayin Obama hasnt done this or hasnt done that, but fact is, i dont recall him buying up companies to lay off hundreds if not thousands of american employess.

      December 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • John

      13 GOP Jobs Bills passed by the House never taken up by the Senate. All CNN does is talk about how the GOP has said no to jobs bills proposed by this administration, even though they we voted down by both parties.
      CNN is truly liberaly bias. Is there any wonder why their ratings are going through the floor?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  3. truindep

    - one more day that obama talks that I dont need to know about

    December 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Look at that picture!

      Obumer sleeps on his Right Side,,,

      He needs BOTOX there!

      He looks like a little Man-Child that was caught,,, but is trying to act innocently,,,,

      "I didn't pay toom much of the Tax-Payers' Money"
      (he is innocent,,, SOLYNDRA, GM, QE2 and QE3)

      I want a close up of Michelle,,,

      We can then decide which side she sleeps on,,,

      She and Huessien may want to talk to Comrade Pelosi to confer with Comrade Pelosi's Botox Doctor!

      December 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  4. john

    Herman Cain can't remember any women he has ever met;

    Rick Perry can't remember his political platform;

    Mitt Romney can't remember which position he took on which issue in which week;

    Newt Gingrich can't remember how much he owes to which jewelry stores in what cities;

    Michelle Bachmann can't remember anything of American history prior to Ronald Reagan;

    and THIS is who will lead America into the future? America deserves much better.......

    December 4, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • jean2009

      You betcha...Obama-Biden 2012

      December 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Howard

        NOBODY SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW !!!

        Obama, Holder, and Napolitano should all be in jail,
        for the illegal sale of 2,500 weapons, to the Mexican drug cartels
        ... as well as the subsequent COVER UP of these crimes ...
        resulting in the murder of thousands of innocent Mexicans,
        and the murder of American border agent, Brian Terry.

        If anything, Obama, Holder, and Napolitano,
        should be held to a higher standard, than the rest of us.

        In the days of Watergate, the Press demanded, and
        got JUSTICE for the American people. Today, the
        media looks the other way, or helps in the cover up !!!

        December 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • truindep

        I want someone better , obamas dog would be better then obama

        December 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • John Dhu

      Ronald could not even remember his own name. Same for Maggie T.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:09 am |
    • John

      Obama can't remember how many states in the US – what is worse?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Gavin

    There are three types of lies when it comes to unemployment. There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The 8.6% unemployment is a tototal sham of a statistic. It is loaded with temporary Xmas retail jobs and does not include over 300,000 people who stopped looking for a job and are not included in the 8.6%. Is this just an absurd statistic or meant for political consumption?

    December 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • maria

      Gavin, we have never been told the truth about the unemployment numbers and Obama and the left will never tell us the truth. Self employed numbers have never been added because they are not eligible for unemployment. That would include pretty much every worker in the new home construction industry. According to the statistics there were 130,000 jobs created last month and that reduced the number from 9.0% to 8.6%. That doesn't make sense. We need to be creating over 300,000 jobs per month for several months to get down to 7.4%. We are being LIED to by this Administration and look at all the people that actually by his line of crap. It amazes me.

      December 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  6. Lizzie43

    Howard you forgot money laundering

    December 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Howard

    THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEWT ... It’s become both the butt of jokes and the reason for criticism that Newt Gingrich informed his first wife that he wanted a divorce while she was in the hospital being treated for cancer. Now, we have a first hand account from one of Gingrich’s daughters that this is untrue:
    For years, I have thought about trying to correct the untrue accounts of this hospital visit. After all, I was at the hospital with them, and saw and heard what happened. But I have always hesitated, as it was a private family matter and my mother is a very private person. In addition, for the four people involved, it was one of a million interactions and was not considered a defining event by any of us.
    My mother and I have both recently run into quite a few people who hold an inaccurate understanding of this hospital visit. Many think my mother is dead.
    So, to correct the record, here is what happened: My mother, Jackie Battley Gingrich, is very much alive, and often spends time with my family. I am lucky to have such a “Miracle Mom,” as I titled her in a column this week.
    As for my parents’ divorce, I can remember when they told me.
    It was the spring of 1980.
    I was 13 years old, and we were about to leave Fairfax, Va., and drive to Carrollton, Ga., for the summer. My parents told my sister and me that they were getting a divorce as our family of four sat around the kitchen table of our ranch home.
    Soon afterward, my mom, sister and I got into our light-blue Chevrolet Impala and drove back to Carrollton.
    Later that summer, Mom went to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for surgery to remove a tumor. While she was there, Dad took my sister and me to see her.
    It is this visit that has turned into the infamous hospital visit about which many untruths have been told. I won’t repeat them. You can look them up online if you are interested in untruths. But here’s what happened:
    My mother and father were already in the process of getting a divorce, which she requested.
    Dad took my sister and me to the hospital to see our mother.
    She had undergone surgery the day before to remove a tumor.
    The tumor was benign.
    As with many divorces, it was hard and painful for all involved, but life continued.

    December 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  8. jonsmith

    What Congress Says About Their Approval Rating Under 6%
    ("Eat Sh*t America,We Don't Work For You")

    Congress says " We don't give a God Damn about what the American people think or say about us. We have the support of the Global Corporations, Wall Street and the Banks and that's all we need.. They give us millions in bribes and campaign donations and the American people don't. Even if you vote us out, we will still get millions in our six digit pensions. And our replacements will do the same thing and screw you over too. But if our corruption and selling you out to the rich really upsets you so much, we will be happy to send the secret service over to blow your freakin heads off."

    enough said, strap up, take to the streets and give these fat cats a taste of true american patriotism....REVOLUTION BABY

    December 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  9. D. Coggin

    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.... does anyone listen to this LOSER anymore? What a joke he has become.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  10. John Dhu

    It is just terrible how this all powerful imposter who was not even born on Earth has made reactionary minded patriots unhappy in their own freedom loving land of freely enterprising entreperneurial giants of American rights in their own back yard watching our great American TV which the world envies while this space alien is destroying our happy land.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:15 am |
  11. Howard

    Jane Fonda is being honored by Barack Obama, as one of the '100 Women of the Century..'

    BARBARA WALTERS WRITES:
    Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.

    The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.'

    Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.

    He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk.

    In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

    From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the ' Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit.

    They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |