August 10th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - With the U.S. economy and the stock market under immense pressure, the White House is facing mounting questions about what else it might consider beyond infrastructure investments and unemployment benefits to get more immediate results and restore confidence.
But on a day that saw the stock market plunge by more than 500 points, President Obama has yet to announce any new proposals aimed at addressing some of the country’s most urgent fiscal concerns.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday that the president has “tasked his team and he is working with his team to look at ideas for further job creation and economic growth.”
When asked if the White House was considering options to better articulate its ideas to the public, a senior administration official told CNN “we strive to do better in all ways.”
Meanwhile top aides are trying to convey that there is a sense of “urgency” at the White House, that the president is working “tirelessly,” and that the economy remains his “top priority.”
“I don’t have a time to give you,” said Carney when asked about a timetable on more specifics, then added “I can assure you he is working very hard on those issues.”