Obama’s day ahead: Jobs, economy, Pelosi pow wow
July 8th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Obama’s day ahead: Jobs, economy, Pelosi pow wow

Update: The president has added an on camera statement at 10:35 to react to the jobs report.

Good morning from the White House. The news here today is likely to be dominated by a soon-to-be-released labor report showing if and how many jobs the economy added last month. Given the same report failed to meet expectations last month, spokesman Jay Carney will no doubt be peppered with questions if today’s report again proves disappointing.

President Obama too will likely weigh in on the jobs report publicly, set to sit for several interviews with local media outlets at 11:30. The president is hoping to discuss the rebounding economy and the importance of reaching a compromise on the debt ceiling negotiations. But his message could be clouded if the report fails to meet expectations and further signal the recovery is proceeding slower than anticipated.

Also on the president’s schedule: a private meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That comes less than a day after the Democratic leader emphatically stated her caucus would oppose any cuts to Social Security or Medicare as part of a debt ceiling compromise. Obama meanwhile has signaled he is open to possible cuts. Let’s just say it’d be nice to be a fly on the wall during that meeting.

Full schedule after the jump:

9:00AMPool Call Time

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT meets with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Oval Office – Closed Press

11:30AM THE PRESIDENT participates in regional interviews on the economy and the importance of finding a balanced approach to deficit reduction
Map Room – Closed Press

Briefing Schedule
11:00AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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  1. phuyay

    Most liberals don't remember the disastrous Carter administration, but I do. Obama's administration is repeating Carter's almost exactly. The country under Carter, as now, was in a malaise, as Carter stated. He could do nothing about it just as Obama is incapable of solving our problems. It's time for Hillary to ride to the rescue of the Dems party (God forbid), but I think that is what is going to happen, because Obama's lack of leadership is going to demand someone else take over the party. I now dub Obama, Obama-Carter-Hoove, the worst President ever..

    July 8, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • biggeorge

      phuyay – You may be so old you cannot remember recent history. I am old enough to remember Jimmy Carter. He was a better president than given credit for. He didn't cause the gas shortage, our support for Israel did. Carter didn't cause those helicopters to crash in the desert, that was pilot error. he at least got us peace between Israel & Egypt. What did the Republican's do from 2000 – 2008?

      GWB was by far the worst president ever because he did nothing but help the rich get richer, start 2 stupid wars, kill thousands, add $1.8 Trillion to our debt (I didn't hear anyone screaming then except Democrats) and he created no jobs with that trickle down nonsense that Regan pushed on you simple minded conservatives. Tax cuts never create jobs. Reagan raised taxes 3 times & raised revenue buy eliminating tax loop holes, thus raising taxes again. Remember the Dick Chaney comment on 60 minutes that went like this, "Deficits don't matter, Ronald Regan proved that" remark? Or are you too old to remember?

      You may be old, but your memory really stinks!

      July 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • jean2009

      I remember the Roosevelt administration and the Carter Administration was good compared to the Reagan disaster.
      Your memory is off.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • John

        The most recent Roosevelt ended his presidency in 1945 – you remember that?

        July 10, 2011 at 9:08 am |
      • jean2009

        John, I was 10 in 1945. Yes, I remember that.

        July 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • kefa34

        It is absurd to say that our country can issue millions in bonds .
        millions in currency both are promise to pay .
        the welfare of community depends upon the
        fitness and effiency of the governors.

        July 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  2. John Dodds

    Pelosi was on a plane to San Francisco yesterday.
    Just how wil she be in SF & DC today?

    July 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • biggeorge

      Private plane silly, at our expense probably. I like Nancy and hope she can talk Obama our of caving into this blackmail.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  3. maikl

    The job report show that BUSH fault and ATM's machine. Some stupid people still dream about YES WE CAN. Stop to be idiot. YES WE FAIL. What you want from community organizer. Never have real job and just kva-kva-kva.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  4. Gavin

    Let's face it, Obama has done very little if anything to create jobs in this economy. Employers and consumers have lost faith and confidence in the administration. They have been repeatedly told about "shovel ready jobs" for infrastructure projects and watched Obama on TV mock his own statement.They have been told over 2 million jobs have been created, but they don't see hiring taking place. Demand for products and services is what motivates employers to hire people. There is no demand, because there are over 14 million people unemployed. There are no jobs because corporations outsourced many of their jobs overseas. There are no jobs because employers are not confident in their government and the economy because they continue to see layoffs in the private sector and the government sector. Without jobs people will not spend money on cars, housing, or goods and services. Small businesses have been the growth engine of our economy. How many of them have closed their doors and gone bankrupt? How many of them will never recover from this economy?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • jean2009

      The president doesn't create jobs, businesses create jobs, legislation creates jobs...now let me think...who passes legislation isn't that congress...the president only signs legislation.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        So why do you blame President Bush for job loss?

        July 11, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  5. Jay in NC

    Maybe if Barry and The First Date go on another date night, his supporters will have hope then everything will work out just fine.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • kefa34

      our country may belikened to a new house ;
      we lack many things
      but we possess the most precious of all liberty.

      July 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  6. CharlieSeattle

    Two acts of TREASON by Congress against the American worker are being ignored in the press.

    NAFTA and Most Favored Nation trade status for China, are mainly to blame for the financial problems across the USA.

    It is an act of TREASON by Obama to to legalize the dumping of 11-18 million illegal aliens and their naturalized children into this economy and let the unemployed American citizens pick up the tab for their crimes, healthcare and children's education.

    Obama, Holder and Congress will not enforce existing immigration laws and secure the border.

    Could that be because..
    >>Democrats want illegal immigrants because they, and their now naturalized children, vote Democratic to keep the gravy train of free tax payer benefits flowing at the expense of real Americans.
    >>Republicans want illegal immigrants because their supporters want cheap labor at the expense of out of work Americans!

    As Union membership has dropped in this country so has the quality of life, the tax base school funding, highway repair, national defense, etc. etc. Strong unions are directly linked to good paying jobs in this country that once made the American middle class the greatest consumer force in the world.

    Obama and Congress can repeal NAFTA and China's MFN (Most Favored Nation) Trade status and bring 8 million lost jobs back to the USA anytime they wish. That was Clinton's gift to America in 1999 in exchange for laundered Chinese campaign contributions.

    But Republican supporters and big business would stop that. Major Corporations have found that China's State Sponsorship of Capitalism is the idea market for them to be in.
    Unlike the US....

    No environmental laws.
    No child labor laws.
    No Patent enforcement.
    Blatant counterfeiting of US products.
    Weak state controlled Unions.
    Low wages.
    Long hours.
    No benefits.

    Lol, Even US Corporate expenses related to out sourcing American jobs are tax deductable. Its true. Google the thread and read it for yourself.

    It is really to Ironic that the very same Americans displaced by out sourcing and out of work pay the tab for those very tax deductions.

    US Government gives China Most Favored Nation status and China proceeds to lie, counterfeit and cheat its way to prosperity. More American jobs disappear in a great sucking sound south across the Pacific.

    American companies cry and whine they can NOT find American Tech workers at $4.00 an hour so the US Government passes the H1B Wavier law allowing them to import Indians and others to take American high paying jobs and make their expenses to do so tax deductable!

    Bush lies to us and blows the Clinton Surplus on the Iraq war just because Saddam tied to kill his daddy! Or maybe he simply misspelled "Iran" on the attack order. Lol, like that was any stretch of the imagination!

    Oil Companies doubled their gasoline prices during the Bush years leading us to the recession.

    Republican deregulation helps WALL STREET to SCREW US ALL creating the recession!

    Republican deregulation helps BP SCREW US ALL AGAIN!!!

    Bad things are supposed to happen to stupid people that re-elect their tormentors over and over again.

    Bend over and just take it.

    July 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      When Barry took office, gas was $1.98 now it is $3.48.

      July 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
      • jean2009

        Gasoline was $4.28 for the national average on June 28, 2008. The highest amount ever recorded for a National average. Bush was president on June 28, 2008.

        July 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      You can go to the Flowing Data website and watch how much the price of gasoline has increased from 1993-2008
      Titled "Watch the rise of gasoline retail prices from 1993-2008"

      Jay in NC only wants to talk about the last 2 years.
      He has selective memory...or a poison-tea warped brain.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean does not want to talk about the past 2 1/2 years that is why she quotes stories dated 1993-2008"

        July 10, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • kefa34

      I was bold in the persuit of knowledge
      never fearing to follow truth and reason '
      to what ever results they lead;

      i like the dreamsof the future better than the history of the past.

      July 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  7. anonymous


    July 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  8. Mark

    This is the worst President in US history, what did you expect from someone whom never held a job?

    July 9, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • jean2009

      Reagan worst president of my 76 years...George Bush a close second.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • kefa34

      History In General Only Informs Us of
      what bad goverment is .
      Abuse of words has been the great instrument
      of sophistry and chicanery of party faction and ;
      division of society.
      courage and perseverance have a magic
      talisman before which difficulties and
      obstacles vanish into air.

      July 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  9. baintownboy

    Does ANYONE remember the current speaker of the house railing about JOBS before he and Republicans swept into office six months ago? Now tell me which JOBS BILL they passed or even discussed in th ose six months? But still the media is repeating the Republican song about Obama being responsible for jobs. They don't talk about the fillibusters that stopped all the job initiatives Obama wanted to put through. Where's the responsible PRESS?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • jean2009


      July 12, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes the President only signs the legislation put before him by the 'CONGRESS', or vetos it! It's strange that with Pres Obama, all of a sudden he's the author, creator, designer and dictator of the bills, the 'passer' of the bills, the judge, implementer, the enforcer, he's the overseer, quality and quantity control officer, the funding officer, war room head, the general, the secretary of state and defense, and every other post needed in DC. Nobody's responsible for anything except OBAMA! Strange isn't it!

    July 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      And to you nobody's responsible for anything except President Bush.

      July 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    They want to 'stage' a negative drag and backdrop against everything this President has attempted to do lift this nation, and it's people! His genuine heartfelt attempts to put us back in good diplomatic standing with the world is also viewed with contempt and negativity! Bottomline, the sling shot is held on him whichever way he turns. Obama has been blamed and accused of the TOTAL destruction of AMERICA on just what has occurred these last 2 1/2 years! Truth is, I didn't know HE had that much power! LIES!

    July 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yet you believe that President Bush had that much power. Just shows how in effective Barry is as a leader. President Bush controlled the US economy, and the world. Barry can only organize a community.

      July 11, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I just don't feel like your double-talk tonight, but I'll tell you this... I've not just blamed Bush, I've blamed this whole circus of a near depression on Bush and Cheney! I blamed Rumsfeld and every dumb-downed Dem and Rep selfish or greedy enough to go along with the BUSH ERA FAILED POLICIES, which are the very policies that BARACK OBAMA is trying to re-tool today! I've questioned the 'libs' and the 'cons', BIG OIL, taxcuts for the 'rich', as far as jobs creation, or the lack thereof!

    July 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I have pointed out the carry-over resistances of the OBAMA undermining, sabatoging REPUBLICANS, as well as the scary, bullied DEMOCRATS! They're still afraid of the cons! Will you re-read my post with some comprehension, Jay? With you haters and antagonists daily, and perpetually blaming everything on him, I said I didn't know President Obama had that much power, not BUSH! BUSH didn't control anything except his own personal gain! WORLD? LOL! Well why in the WORLD did we end up in this shape? You're sick!

    July 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @baintownboy, yes I remember. That was BOEHNERS' big mission! He and the rest of the 'bought-out' 'corporate-owned' lying Republicans/Teapartyers claimed they were going to get the running by focusing on a plan that would stimulate 'JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!' They're the ones that came up with that loud CALL! They went up there in NOVEMBER and did just the opposite; killing unions, taking jobs from teachers, firemen, police, and allowing even small businesses to have to fold, due to the lack of bank loan support.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @baintownboy; finding responsible PRESS is impossible these days! Most of it is owned by conservative right-wingers and they're on the biggest mission they've ever MOUNTED since their inceptions; 'MAKE BARACK OBAMA A ONE TERM PRESIDENT'! This irresponsible excuse for news-media is the Republicans main 'weapon of assassination' of Pres Obama. The word is mightier than the sword...especially when its repeated over and over, no matter what is said, done or not done! Dumbing-down AMERICA is the 'cons' angle!

    July 12, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ....Other than that, the only other thing they are concerned about is their continuing to get their 'palms greased' by the wealthy and support from those BUSHS' taxcuts recipients; by making sure they stay rich and keep racking up the money! 'ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER'! They don't care about the middle-class, and definitely not the poor! They want OBAMA out of there because he's black and he's not 'subordinate' enough to them. Whatever it takes, they don't want him looking like he accomplished ONE thing!

    July 12, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • Jay in NC

      You say the Republicans tell lies, yet you are the one that claims that the Republicans went to Washington in November. The 112 congress was sworn in on Jan 6, 201. Such a hypocrite, telling blatant lies. Why would anyone trust a word you say when you are so willing to stretch the truth.

      A fact you do not want to face about the President Bush tax cuts. Tax was lowered on every tax bracket, poor and rich. The lowest income earners, $10,000 or less, now pay no tax. Also included tax credit for children, and working poor.
      15% – 10%
      28% – 15%
      31% – 25%
      36% – 33%
      39.6% – 35%

      Tax code is now more progressive, the richer pay a bigger percentage of their income to taxes than the poorer. Before the tax cut, the $1 million a year couple paid 33 times as much as the $60,000 couple; today they pay more than 38 times as much.

      July 12, 2011 at 8:07 am |
      • jean2009

        I suggest you read: "How The Wealthy Dodge Tax" – John Hartevelt 19/5/2010... or the $300m Dodge which costs the federal government $300 million in revenue for just 2007 alone.

        Or read: "Richest 400 Earn More, Pay Lower Tax Rate" Janet Novack 1/29/2009 at Forbes com
        In 2006, the top 5% paid on average 21% on their adjusted gross income. The top 1% with and income of $388,806 or more paid on average a 23% tax rate on adjusted gross income. A larger percentage of the top 1% make their earnings through capital gains income which is taxed at 15%.

        Or read: "How The Rich Pay No Taxes" – Jesse Druker – Apr 11, 2011 at money msn com

        July 12, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • jean2009

        This quote from the money msn article:

        "For the 400 U.S. taxpayers with the highest adjusted gross income, the effective federal income tax rate - what they actually pay - fell from almost 30 percent in 1995 to just under 17 percent in 2007, according to the IRS. And for the approximately 1.4 million people who make up the top 1 percent of taxpayers, the effective federal income tax rate dropped from 29 percent to 23 percent in 2008. It may seem too fantastic to be true, but the top 400 end up paying a lower rate than the next 1,399,600 or so"

        This is why Warren Buffet claims he pays less taxes than the people cleaning his offices.

        July 12, 2011 at 10:30 am |
      • kefa34

        I am invariably and have been since adolescence
        inimical to the Republican mind which shows at the
        most inflated size the bad qualities of the bourgeoisie.

        July 12, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • kefa34

      We have allowed a soft sentimentalism to form the
      atmosphere .
      devise not evil against thy neighbour.

      July 12, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia


    July 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So now you are counting the time when they are elected not sworn in. OK then lets start Barry's clock to Nov 20, 2008. Unemployment 6.5%.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    No, you know that's not what I meant. You love to critique any little mispeak I make as a human in my comments, when you have no return debate. I was making a point about all of those 'new' Teabagger/Republicans who were elected in NOVEMBER of 2010, who fooled and lied to their own constituents, yes they were actually sworn in about 6 weeks later, but look at what they did to the very folks who elected them. That's what they get though for being so synical, the election was predicated against OBAMA anyway!

    July 13, 2011 at 4:50 am |