Excerpts from tonight's Jobs Speech
September 8th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Excerpts from tonight's Jobs Speech

We're about an hour away from hearing the president's speech before the joint session of Congress where he'll present his jobs plan. And the White House is giving us a sneak peek into what he'll say tonight.

On stopping "the political circus":

The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities.  The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours.  The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.   

 On working together to "make a difference":

Those of us here tonight cannot solve all of our nation’s woes.  Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers.  But we can help.  We can make a difference.   There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives. 

There is "nothing controversial" here:

 I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away.  It’s called the American Jobs Act.  There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation.  Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight.  And everything in this bill will be paid for.  Everything. 

What the American Jobs Act means:  

The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple:  to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.  It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed.  It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business.  It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services.  You should pass this jobs plan right away. 


Topics: jobs • President Obama • The News
The big speech: Who got the invite to which box tonight?
The last time President Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress was at his State of the Union address in January.
September 8th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

The big speech: Who got the invite to which box tonight?

Ahead of the president's major speech tonight to a joint session of Congress to lay out his jobs program both sides (The President and House Speaker) have released the lists of who they have invited to their boxes to watch.  (any tea leaves to read here?)

Guests invited by the White House to listen to the speech from the First Lady’s box in the House: (as released by the White House)

Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman and CEO of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001. Immelt currently serves as the chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE’s Plastics, Appliance, and Medical businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. In 2000, Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.  Immelt has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE has been named “America’s Most Admired Company” in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of “The World’s Most Respected Companies” in polls by Barron’s and the Financial Times.  Immelt is also a member of The Business Council, and he is on the board of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.  Mr. Immelt earned a B.A. degree in applied mathematics fromDartmouthCollegein 1978 and an M.B.A. fromHarvardUniversityin 1982. He and his wife have one daughter.

Steve Case

Steve Case, currently chairman & CEO of Revolution LLC and chairman of the Startup America Partnership, is one ofAmerica’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Steve co-founded America Online in 1985, and under his leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company. In 2005, Steve founded Revolution LLC, focused on investing in and building disruptive, innovative, consumer-facing companies such as Zipcar, LivingSocial and Exclusive Resorts.  Earlier this year at the White House, Case helped launch the Startup America Partnership, an independent private-sector coalition delivering strategic and substantive resources to help entrepreneurs start and scale companies across theU.S., in response to the President’s call to action.  Case also serves as a co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, where he co-chairs the working group on high-growth companies. In addition, Steve chairs the Case Foundation, which seeks to tap new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to help strengthen the social sector.


Topics: Congress • Economy • jobs • President Obama
Picture of the week
President Obama, Gov. Chris Christie (R) NJ, and local officials tour a neighborhood in Wayne New Jersey ravaged by Hurricane Irene. (Sunday Sept. 4, 2011)
September 8th, 2011
12:52 PM ET
The President's Schedule Thursday Sept. 8, 2011
September 8th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

The President's Schedule Thursday Sept. 8, 2011

All eyes will be on the president's big jobs speech tonight to a joint session of Congress, and before the NFL season opener kick-off no less!

10:30AM         THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office, Closed Press

7:00PM           THE PRESIDENT addresses a Joint Session of Congress; THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY, and DR. BIDEN also attend, United States Capitol

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