Obama's call to action
July 8th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Obama's call to action

President Obama used his bully-pulpit Friday to call for congressional action on a series of bills relating to the economy in the wake of the bad jobs report. Those comments echoed similiar sentiments from White House Chief Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee, who told CNN the report should constitute a "call to action."

Here's the recap from CNN Wires:

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Friday to take a series of steps to help strengthen the economic recovery, including dedicating more money to infrastructure repair, streamlining the patent approval process, passing several free-trade agreements, and extending the current payroll tax break.

He also called for a rapid conclusion to the debt ceiling talks. "The sooner we get this done," the sooner businesses will have the certainty needed "to grow and to hire," he said.

Topics: The News

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Howard

    Hey Obama ... how about if YOU show some action ... positive action, that is !!!

    July 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      Positive action is to not cave to the moron red-neck teabag idiots who are minions of the Nazi right-wing.

      July 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        That's right jean, you lost the argument so start the name calling.

        July 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Jay truth hurt?

        July 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
      • Howard

        Jean ... get your facts straight ... the housing crash, created by Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd, both democrats, forcing banks to make home loans to millions of people who couldn't afford the payments, is what brought our economy to it's knees. On top of that, Obama took a bad situation, and made it worse, by squandering away trillions of dollars, and spending more in 2 1/2 years than ALL the presidents that came before him COMBINED !!!

        July 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard

        The financial markets crash including housing was acerbated by the Gramm, Leach, Bliley act of 1999 which repealed parts of the Glass-Steagall Act regulations. I would also put a load of the blame on Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan who advocated adjustable rate mortgages at the height of the housing bubble. There should be plenty of blame to go around. However...

        Your premise that Barney Franks caused the crisis is outright laughable. You need to read: "No, Barney Franks Didn't Crash the Economy" by Jonathan Chatt -June 4,2010

        July 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • tom

        speaking of morons, you lead the pack, you twit.

        July 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  2. jean2009

    I agree doing this on every posting site is a waste of time and space by whoever that moron is.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  3. maikl

    The best action Obama can show is ask for resignation and for forgiveness from American people ,because of his bad job performers. Experiment is over, no more president w/out experience .

    July 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    maikl, Name one president that has ever walked into the Whitehouse and the Oval Office with total and complete experience in presiding over the 'blunders' and business of the UNITED STATES as it relates to her citizens, non-citizens and the world. They all have to BE President first! The only ones who could even possibly claim they had any experience in being PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES are the ones who have been PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES! (example: two termers) So your surmize is assinine! Stupid!

    July 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      What a crazy answer. If your way of reasoning is indicative of Liberals, no wonder you all have destroyed the economy. We are talking about experience that makes them qualified for the job. You know like being a governor of a state, or a Senator for more than 9 months. True experience Liz, not community organizer.

      Barry was a historical figure. He got elected because a lot of people wanted to see a black man as president. They did not care about his ability, they shoved this inexperienced candidate on us all. Accused everyone of being prejudice if they did not vote for him. Asked what side of history are you own. Well I stand by my first assessment of the man. He does not have the knowledge or experience to be president. I care more for my country that we pick the right person, not just a historical figure head. Too many jobs, lives and the future are at stake.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:49 am |
      • jean2009

        Bush era tax cuts and mismanagement wrecked the economy. There you go again trying to rewrite history...that time in a bottle theory again.

        Jay-Jay-Jay...history doesn't happen in a vacuum.

        July 10, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • jean2009

      Liz...You need to remember, Jay doesn't like women with brains that is why he is for Michelle Bachmann.

      If she became president, the whole country would have meet it's Waterloo!

      July 10, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Howard

        Let's see ... Michelle Bachman is a tax attorney, a three term congresswoman, raised 5 children, and 23 foster children, and is now a candidate for President of the United States, but a nobody named Jean2009 says Bachman has no brains.
        Hey Jean, how about dazzling us with your experience, credentials and accomplishments !!!

        July 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • maikl

      TO liz:When you point one finger at me , remember than another point at you. I give lesson: to be a president you need at least have experience running bossiness or be a governor or a senator for period of time,not just community organizer and months a senator. According to you anybody even you with no brain can be president. Experiment is over.

      July 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ maiki Did you forget he was Senator Obama? When you say be a governor or a senator for a a period of time.

        He served as an United States Senator from 2005 -2008
        and he also served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1997-2004 as an Illinois State Senator.
        Which is 11 years as either an Illinois State Senator or as an U. S. Senator.

        In the United States Senate, he served on the following committees: Foreign Relations; Veterans Affairs; Environment & Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was chairperson of the Senate sub-committee for European Affairs.

        Before he was a Community Organizer, he was a working lawyer, graduated from both Columbia University and Harvard, he was editor of the Harvard Law Review, taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School, Served on the board of directors for three prestigious non-profit foundations. He also is the author of several books.

        Frankly that is much more experience than we would ever get in any business person.

        I think what you really know about this president would fit in a small thimble...or on the head of a pin...in any history class you would pull down an F.

        July 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • tom

      many men moved into the white house who had experience at somthing other than entitlement theft. the loser had never lead a pack of boy scouts, ran from the uniform, couldn't muster the balls to do the job and is a sad commentary on the mental capacity of those who voted for him. have a nice day you dimwit.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    He evidently qualified, Jay! His community organizing was probably what helped to qualify him. Have you ever tried to organize a community? It's not easy what with the various wants, needs ideas and views coming from usually a diverse group of people; especially in the inner-cities! It doesn't take a rocket scientist 50 years to figure out the ILLS of Washington Politics and how it's plagued the largest portion of Americans and the world; then to study and THINK of restructuring ideas that could heal us!

    July 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Howard

      There you go again Liz ... blindly defending your messiah, Barack Obama, on an on-going basis, no matter how much he screws up. But, even with all the Obama stooges, all the Public Relations, all the biased media ... and even a billion dollars in campaign funds, Obama will not be able to re-buy the White House, because his own incompetence, and bad judgement is becoming too obvious to the American people ... who are beginning to suffer big time, from the mistake of electing this fool in 2008 !!!

      July 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        Craziest Michele Bachmann Quotes Ever

        1. "I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009

        2. "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, Oct. 2006

        3. "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

        4. "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too" -Rep. Michele Bachmann, getting her John Waynes mixed up during an interview after launching her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, where she grew up. The beloved movie star John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away. The John Wayne that Waterloo was home to is John Wayne Gacy, a notorious serial killer. (June 2011)

        5. "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?" -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, calling for a new McCarthyism, Oct. 2008

        6. "Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that's how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I'm not saying that that's what the Administration is planning to do, but I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, June 2009

        7. "If we took away the minimum wage - if conceivably it was gone - we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level." Michele Bachmann, Jan. 2005

        8. "During the last 100 days we have seen an orgy. It would make any local smorgasbord embarrassed … The government spent its wad by April 26." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, accusing the Obama administration of premature fiscal ejaculation, May 2009

        9. "That's why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress, and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions." -Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a pro-lifer who completely missed the irony of using the same slogan as the pro-choice movement in arguing against health care reform

        10. "Does that mean that someone's 13-year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus? That night, mom and dad are never the wiser." -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on health care reform's potential to dupe parents, October 2009

        For kickers you could read: "Reason #379,000 Why Michele Bachmann is an Idiot" by Jonathan Zasloff

        July 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean, I read your cut and past post of Bachmann quotes. Here are some of my comments.

      2. Liberals are suppose to be all about individual freedom, different coutures from around the world can live harmoniously? Well,then why cut someone for having a different belief? If she was Eastern Indian and held such a thought would you be so cruel? Why treat Christians with less respect?

      3. A simple question, is carbon dioxide harmful to plants? Would not more carbon cause the plants to grow larger, thus reduce the amount of carbon?

      5. pro-America or anti-America?" Is not this the question that Barry was asking, if Republican were anti-american?

      6. So, you want to incite privacy issues when it comes to abortion, but not in the gathering of private information for the census?

      7. Answer this, is a person better off having no job or one that pays $5 an hour?

      9. Again are you for personal privacy or not?

      10. Well, does it?

      July 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        I can certainly see you are as much a twisted sister as Michelle Bachmann.

        July 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    AMERICA is a BIG OLD international-ladened community of diversity! Full of DIVERSITY! I think the fact that OBAMA was experienced in organizing the smallest 'model' of a community speaks volumes. Governors?? They're not visibly connected so much with the people in the communities until ELECTION times! Maybe you could claim Mayors to be experienced. They actually connect with 'communities'! So you can throw that illogical definition of experience out to pasteur. BTW, GWB proved that assumption WRONG!

    July 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You say "Maybe you could claim Mayors", as I recall Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, two terms.

      July 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually, people derive a great deal of experience just volunteering on the board of a non-profit organization which serves a community, a county, or a state-wide organization. You find out real fast it takes a multitude of different individual backgrounds, talents, and interests to make the operation work to benefit the people being served. What one person on the board may not have knowledge or experience with, another may.

        Summed up...It takes a village of diverse talents to bring a non-profit foundation board together, and make it function.

        July 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...and according to some of your previous posts on BILL CLINTON, he did too! I don't concur with your opinion on his presidency, but that's the view you've given me many times. He was a governor! Ronald Reagan was a governor Jimmie Carter was a governor and you sit up here and complain that to be experienced in 'presidency' one should have governorship experience? Sarah Palin was a part-time governor and you even pull rank over the experience and intellect of OBAMA with her! Talk about a crazy answer! LOL!

    July 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    maikl, A business person who is interested in his own profits and personal gains is bad for the nation. Generally that is how business people think, it's just second nature to them! THEIR BOTTOMLINE, OK? That is exactly what has happened right now. Do you see what business is doing for the nation now? They are taking every privilege they can including the George Bush tax-cuts and going on about their BUSINESS, OK? So don't even try to use that as criteria! You said your friend lost his job..that's business!

    July 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Rafiq

      Hey Jim, hold on. 🙂 You must have missed a criitcal 2nd sentence on that page, More topics and speakers will be announced in the next couple months. So there's a little present for you. Merry Christmas, Mr Scrooge. 🙂 Keep an eye out there as they release more and more names of speakers over time.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    maikl; Everytime you respond to me, you indeed try to make the issue more personal than I do. I asked you a simple question you came back with the same lunatic response of questioning my brain efficiency. Now, who DIED and made YOU a vetter of presidential qualifications? I believe you are just repeating what other 'blogging vetters' say with no real idea of what you're talking about. BTW, from reading your posts I believe I have more wisdom and sense in my little finger, than you do in your whole body!

    July 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • maikl

      To LIZ: I 'm not try make personal. I' m mad at myself. I was fool to vote for Obama. I made mistake like many mil. people. I fall for charisma w/out researcher thinking. Don't you see it.he confuse and don't now what to do. He feel very uncomfortable to be president. He feel better only when he travel oversea. O talk about GOD. Yes,GOD give and GOD take it away. This is what GOD going to do in 2012. AMEN.

      July 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh yes, the 'experiment' is not yet over because it won't be until the 'FAT LADY SINGS' or until GOD says it's over! HE is the ONE who orchestrated OBAMA rise to the Whitehouse in this dispensation of time, with many of you kicking and screaming at him all the way! Since he's been in office it's been nothing but more of the same! You folks had better 'study to show yourselves approved'. READ PSALMS 94 for starters! GOD sees all and knows all! HE is the all-seeing eye! GOD IS ANGRY AT AMERICA! Wake up!

    July 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Chad in Boston

    Obama was called to action when he got elected, since he took office our national situation has gone from bad to worse. No jobs, 3 wars, a double dip recession and more money spend in his first term then on both wars combined during Bush's entire presidency. Obama and the ideas of the left have been an abject failure. Keep the power balanced on Capitol Hill and put a professional with an actual resume in the White House.

    July 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    God isn't through with him yet! You can make light of HIM all you want, but it will be to your own misfortune. There have been many who passed through the Whitehouse, whose failed policies have played even bigger parts in the culmination of events 'we the people' are experiencing today. I won't let the 'cons' nor the media brainwash me to believe that OBAMA bares all the blame. GOD gave Barack H Obama the go ahead to step up with a vision for AMERICA and the world; with no help or support from the right.

    July 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I stand by comment to you that no 'new' president has ever gone into office with total and complete presidential experience to preside over the UNITED STATES. They've all campaigned on ideas that once they actually got in, found it was all easier said than done! OBAMA is not the cause of Americas' failed system, he's just the ONE who's single-handedly trying to repair it, it seems! There are many who'd rather undermine and sabatoge everything he does to insure the chances of him looking like a failure!

    July 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    These Obama-haters on both sides, all sides will take this nation on down to third world status just to prove a black man can't be President of the United States. He isn't 'smart' enough; he isn't diplomatic enough, irresponsible, inexperienced, ineffiecient, arrogant, celebrity, elitist, a 'rock star', he's the 'Messiah' and President of the World, etc! Systemic negative bashing brewing unheard of before animosity towards a US PRESIDENT! They said they wanted their country back! Who do you think 'THEY' is?

    July 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thanks Jean for the total and complete listing of PRESIDENT OBAMAS' credentials. I knew of most of them but I just didn't bother to look them up to give to these folks. We've been told and read about them during the campaign. However, that's something they choose to ignore! They can look them up if they wanted to! They just don't because that would 'kill' their stupid claim that he's 'inexperienced' and make him look more experienced than ALL recent previous presidents, at the least! They hate his 'creds'!

    July 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    maikl, I know you have made up your mind and you have your opinion as do I, but there's one more thing I'd like to say to you; I don't believe that God gives anyone a 'vision', without giving him or her 'provision'. If OBAMA never gets support from his antagonistic counterparts and hateful constituents...Gods' WILL will still be done! Believe it!

    July 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Howard; didn't you and the rest of your ilk follow your 'Cowboy Bush blindly into spiraling down bongie fall of AMERICA? Didn't most folks just kind of take their words on most issues like a bunch of sheep? Well except for some demonstrations and public questioning, I remember most of AMERICA just sat back and took the bait! We got on the roller-coaster! Oh, but now it's ALL about the who, why, when, and where, every step of the way! BTW, Jesus Christ is the Messiah I blindly follow! That's what FAITH is.

    July 11, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  18. Carol Yunt

    Regarding the number of jobs needed – has anyone ever taken into consideration the number of immigrants that were given their naturalization papers this last week? I'm all for immigration, however, at this time when we are trying desperately to find work for all of our Natural citizens, don't you think this should at least be considered before everyone throws mud at our President who is trying to take on all of these problems singlehanded thanks to all the selfish self-centered Republicans who defy him at every point? P.S. I've been a Republican all of my life until this last year and I'm proud to say I voted for President – Please note I said PRESIDENT OBAMA – not just Obama and I'm darned glad I did. The fact that he is honest and has good moral values seems to irritate most of the Congress!

    July 11, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good move Carol. Glad to have you with us on this journey. Let's put the 'MEN', the 'GROWN MEN' back in next year! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!! YES WE WILL!!

    July 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @tom; have you ever lead a pack of boy scouts? Did you run away from the uniform? You talk like you didn't do either. Had you participated in any one of those ventures, you would've learned how to be more respectful to those in authority, and you would show more allegiance, support and hope for success of what the President and his administration's trying to do for AMERICA! And 'balls'? If you have them, run for president! You call people 'twit' and 'dimwit' huh? Truth is, we're 'WIT' and 'DARING'! JERK!

    July 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm |