August 24th, 2011
06:06 PM ET
President Obama’s job’s plan is taking shape during his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, but a White House aide was unwilling to say that a framework had been constructed.
“It’s fair to say that there are some detailed policy discussions…and evaluations that are being made,” said Deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest during his first ever on-camera briefing. But when pressed by CNN on the finer point of a framework, Earnest said “the process is ongoing, I don't have anything more to add to that.”
President Obama spoke Wednesday with two members of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness about ideas to put Americans back to work.
In a conference call with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and American Express CEO Ken Chenault, the president was presented with two initiatives the council is reviewing. One involves increasing the number of engineers graduating from U.S. colleges, the other idea would provide relief for unemployed construction workers by finding them green jobs retrofitting buildings.