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. 

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Topics: jobs • President Obama • The News

soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. WDinDallas

    Campaign rhetoric.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Vaughn Samuel

      So what isnt? Why cant we just move this country forward instead of all this name calling.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • true patriot

        because no one wants to get along...it is only in discourse that people find their voice

        September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
      • Howard

        PASS MY HALF A TRILLION DOLLAR JOBS PLAN NOW !!!
        AND NEXT WEEK I'LL TELL YOU HOW WE'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT ...
        And, if you pass it, you can find out what's in it ... sound familiar ???
        After all ... you suckers fell for it last time.

        AND, if you don't pass it now, you're against America ... last year, if you
        disagreed with me, you would have been Racist ... but this year, if you
        don't agree with me, you're against America !!!

        Let's throw this lying snake out of the White House, and get a President
        who doesn't play games with the American people.

        September 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      It's like a bad horror move. "Son of Stimulus Plan: The Spending." Some movies are just not worth remaking (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)

      Adults and children get in free, our children's children pay $450,000,000,000. Sorry, we are out of popcorn, it was used to make bio-fuel, however there is plenty of 'butter' from China to go around. I give this movie two "hell no"

      September 9, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  2. D

    why in the world would they give CNN an "excerpt" of the speech?

    September 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • fryin'fish

      the press always gets copies of presidential speeches ahead of time...or at least excerpts. Not exactly sure why, but my guess is so they can be prepared to dissect the main points immediately after. So when they look really smart and like they have super-human listening and note-taking powers, it's really just because they cheated. Gotta keep that 24/7 news wheel spinning!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • bresson

      because its going on right now dumb dumb. live excerpts.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • John B

      Does D stand for dumb? The speech is given out to the press before the president speaks. Get out of your parents' basement and learn something about the world.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • EGB1

      Why wouldn't they? The President presumably wants the information to get out to the public, and CNN is a news outlet.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • ionymous

      So it can be reported. Why else?

      September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  3. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Go, Obama! We and almost everyone else we know are behind you. If the Repukes oppose these jobs proposals, they are going to look even more like the out-of-touch idiots they are. They can't keep screaming "Jobs!" and yet oppose plans that will give Americans more of them. Oh, wait - of course they can. But if they do, many of them will lose their own jobs in Nov. 2012.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Repuke

      Hey idiot donkey....how many of those BB King flipping jobs do you think we need? Because that's all Obama knows how to create!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • saywho

        Your nose is running

        September 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • M K

        Hey Repuke- don't be such a smart a$$. Not everyone is as fortunate as you, and most people would love a job flipping burgers at BK- or any job at all for that matter. This isn't all about you- its about the entire nation- which includes people you obviously think are scum. This is exactly what's wrong with our country- selfish people like you.

        September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
      • Erbot

        Repuke,can you provide any facts to back up your statement?What you stated is more applicable to Bush than Obama.

        September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • SilverHair

        Your nose is dripping

        September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • Moderate

        Really?... He's talking about adding construction jobs. Jobs to renovate school buildings, installing wireless internet, building science labs, rebuilding the infrastructure. Those aren't burger flipping jobs you twit.

        September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
      • .....

        actually thats the type of jobs that Rick Perry created in Texas

        September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
      • I'm a teabagger

        Hey M K – what administration has created more jobs this decade than anyone else . . .that's right – Gov. Perry. Many of them may have been flipping burgers . . .but they are jobs! Let's vote for results this time and not for empty promises.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Joe

        And Obama's numbers keep on slippen

        September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Jwolfe

      Oh how I hope you are right... will sad, stupid segments of thi country return these Repnothing losers back or will we actually get lawmakers who care about something other then campaign contributions and filling their pockets with special interest money?

      September 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • raaj

        so your saying that the Dems dont do that either...keep drinking the koolaid

        September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • NoOnObozo

      Yes!!!! PLEASE GO!!!! GO FAR AWAY!!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • AndrewsAFB

      I almost think that the republican party is in the hands of a foreign enemy. They want to see this country brought to its knees. If you are voting republican you are conspiring with the enemies of our great nation. This will come to light sooner or later.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • mominpa

        Conspiring with the enemy....3 members of his WH staff members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Oh yes, repubs are conspiring!

        September 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • MarineVet

        I totally agree with you; the Republican Party is at war with the American middle class. They would love nothing better than to erase the hard-earned freedoms so many of us have fought for.

        September 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Kim Young

      The job creations he proposed were all union jobs – oh, and funny how they showed the president of the union front and center right before the speech. Glad you can't see me- I may look like an idiot...

      September 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Kim Young

      Oh, that is so funny! Are you a comedian? All the job creations he proposed were union jobs! oh, and how ironic that the president of the unions was shown sitting front and center right before the speech. I am glad you can't see me, because I may look like an idiot, but..... This man should have been impeached a long time ago. He is the worst "president" ever. And no more finger pointing-he has had three years and done nothing but caused dissension! He is pompous and does not even look into the camera to speak directly to the public. He makes quick glances, I think he is afraid more people will see into his soul, or should I say lack there of. Nothing but lies an rhetoric.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  4. JackBeHumble

    I wonder how many interruptions Mr. Obama will have to endure. Will a Republican shout 'liar!'? Will anyone boo? Will someone throw a tomato? I would not be surprised at anything.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • mominpa

      what is the difference when the dems booed Bush at the Obama inauguration. your lack of civility has set the stage!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  5. Pat Langford

    Where has the President been for the last 3 years when everyone was loosing there jobs. The answer is, he was making speeches that had no substance, taking our country away from
    God and playing golf.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • fryin'fish

      man chill out...one thing the President is not responsible for is keeping God in the USA. and thank God for that

      September 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • JRC

      Pat, what does God have to do with jobs or goverance? I know some "Godly" people who are worse than awful people. I agree with your point that the uptake on jobs is a bit late here, but not too late. God won't get us out of this mess, if he/she exists. Only WE as AMERICANS can get ourselves out of this mess.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Garland

      Really? "Taking our country away from God?" Is that truly your assessment of the situation at hand. Do you not know that in Him we all live, breath, and have our being? He neither dwells in buildings made of hands or in any singular country. It all exists because of Him. We are all striving to make things better and we all pay so that we ALL can experience the freedom and liberties we so richly enjoy. I won't go into a long dissertation but please, truly think before you type. Enough with plastering "God" over posts that truly and foundationally have nothing to do with Him.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Amy

      You've gotta be kidding me... At least post an INTELLIGENT criticism of him. What exactly is "taking God from America"? Ridiculous.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • mfbl

      ???? REALY???? Wath an ididot you are!

      September 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • ionymous

      The future will see a lot more atheists and for good reason. Read the bible. It says slavery and murder are acceptable, and does not support women's rights. It's a rationalization for people's poor behavior from an age that's ending.
      Obama has nothing to do with this, nor should he.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Kim Young

      You got that right! It is all political strategy and we are not all fools Obama; you will have all the time in the world to play Bball come 2012. All i hear was blah, blah, blah and blah, blah, blah, blah! Worst "President" ever! Even Michelle did not look happy with him tonight!

      September 8, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  6. Modea

    So honored to have our Co-founder represented tonight as a special guest to the sitting POTUS (regardless of party affiliation).

    September 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  7. Cal

    "And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything." Yea, by whom and with what

    September 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Kim Young

      Our children's futures!

      September 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  8. George

    GOP's only solution to jobs.....Give Corporations more Tax Breaks so that they could pay their executives more bonuses plus higher salaries;
    I guarantee you that despite the Tax Breaks there would be more worker layoffs and even more executive pay + bonuses. Greed has no end.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Iron Balls

      A couple months back it was none other than Bill Clinton saying that the US needed to reduce it's Corporate Tax rate in order to compete globally. Would he be a Demo-RAT or some other childish name? How about Obama wanting to keep the employee piece of the SS tax low? What name should we call him?

      September 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
      • realist

        U can cut away all the taxes if u want, companies are not going to hire if there is no demand for their products. U can cut away all the taxes u want and companies arent going to hire badeducated or not educate workers.

        U can cut all the taxes u want, and companies in need of good logistic are still not going to come to US.

        Taxes are the least of all economic factors whch motivate a company to invest in a certain country.

        September 9, 2011 at 5:56 am |
  9. Cal

    "And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything." Yea, right, by whom and with what????

    September 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • George

      The same funds that was used in Iraq

      September 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • California Conservative

        I agree that the wars weren't paid for and demcoratsremind everyone about that every minute but are you using that as an excuse for demcorats doing it? The ole childish "if they can do it why can't we"?

        September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
      • George

        And I assume that GOP's "NO!" Answer to everything isn't childish? I've always imagined GOP as a little 4 yr old whose Mom tell him to eat his veggies.....guess what the 4 yr old says?
        "__"!

        Now, now....you must eat them veggies, they are good for youuuu.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Amy

      People are so up in arms about the deficit, but economists of both sides will tell you that cutting gov't spending during a recession is playing with fire. Think about it, if we can stimulate the economy we will actually INCREASE the revenue that the gov't takes in, which is our best shot at reducing this deficit. It will pay off eventually.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  10. DubDub

    I just love politics. The GOP is already dissing the Democrats plan and we haven't even heard it yet. When is this useless political crappola going to stop? Come on Congress. Work together and get something done, rather than just saying no. We are tired of this already.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • sisko

      They won't even if it means the destruction of the country. They want him out of office, and they will do whatever it takes. Not only for racist reasons but because he intends to tax the rich as they should be. For that they will not work with him at all.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
      • mfbl

        It is racism, plain and simple

        September 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
      • MarineVet

        You just hit the nail on the head.

        September 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • Joe

        mfbi
        He' the biggist idiot whether hes black white or green
        the guys a total asshole
        if you want to vote on color find yourself a smart black man. I would vote for him

        September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  11. NoOnObozo

    The Clown in Chief wants the circus to end. Too funny!!! How's that solar company that got our millions of dollars doing now that they have been raided by the FBI. Mr. Clown?

    September 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Nicynic

      Clown? Really. If you had any intelligence yourself you'd know that he's much smarter than you. But luckily for us, YOU aren't the one with any power. Unluckily for the President, the Corporate Party (used to be called Republican i think) has all the power and is driving it behind the clown faces of a little more than half of Congress. Because the Corporate party fights with all the power of this country behind them, we will never get what rationally is best for the greatest number. Stop lobbying and special interests funding and maybe you can get a Congress full of sincere people who actually want to represent the rest of us, not screw us over and trick us into letting them keep their jobs while the rest of us lose more everyday. What a fairytale....

      September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
      • Joe

        like all Liberals you avoid his question and start the liberal rant
        Plain and simple Obama's a Fuckup and he is leading this country right in the toilet

        September 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Dan, TX

      Your comment did not add anything of value to the blog, except to let us know you are a weak person.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • George

      If you refer to Obama as a clown....what would you refer to the Six McDonald's Mascots in 9/7/11 GOP Debate. All competing to be the true Ronald.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  12. AndrewsAFB

    One more thing, the majority in the military are behind our president.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • mominpa

      Let's see....are you nuts!!!! Real soldiers true to the uniform and this country fighting overseas, understanding his inability to make a decidsion in a timely fashion that affeccted them, who does not respect military leadership and their advice, AND who has never served is not a soldiers president. At his South Carolina debate when he stated as Commander in Chief he would make decision not his military commander on the ground proved his arrogrance. When he failed to place his hand on his heart, he showed his colors, when he went to chicago to play golf his first Memorial Day and did not place the wreath in Arlington, he showed his distain. I guess it is different when you are taking care of Air Force One at Andrews.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • mominpa

        oh, and I am the mother and sister of fighting soldiers.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  13. AmericanCitizen

    After having every plan he's put forth rejected by a do-nothing GOP congress, it's time for the idiocy to end. A solid plan from a solid president needs to be passed so the people can stop suffering because of extreme right-wing political posturing.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  14. johnny b goode

    why would anyone listen after 3 years of crap?
    was he just kidding before when he said he was gonna create jobs?

    September 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  15. RON PAUL 2012!!!

    I don't have to listen to President Teleprompt.  I already know what he has to say:

    "My fellow Americans.  Blah, blah, blah, Bush did it, blah, blah, blah, we need to spend your money to create jobs for others, blah, blah, blah, and that's why I am telling Congress that we must raise taxes.  Blah, blah, blah.

    That is all.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Donny

      God you are stupid!!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Obama2012

      You exemplify the real problem. People like you simply will not listen to a reasonable mann, even the POTUS. Are you so afraid that he may be making some sense? Must you presume to know his mind and spread your hollow lies?

      September 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • George

      Readers, please don't feed the Troll

      September 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Kim Young

      I love it! All I heard was blah, blah, blah also! He must think American's are all idiots. He jjst wants a second term and his clock is ticking. He has to go. Obama, you act like you rule with an iron fist – but you don't rule at all. you are a loser. You have wanted the downfall of America since day one. Get out and move back to Kenya.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  16. California Conservative

    Tuesday – $300 Billion
    Wednesday – $400 Billion
    Thursday $450 Billion.

    BY THE END OF THE MONTH IT WILL BE WELL OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS.

    WE CAN'T AFFORD THIS

    September 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • sisko

      Sure we can, if rich people and corporations pay their taxes.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
      • mominpa

        OK, let's drop the Bush tax cuts.....for everyone! Do you realize what they did for the middle class.? I think it is time everyone contribute to this country and pay a fair share like they do in every other socialized country! Free ride over. I am not rich but stop peanlizing the people who invest and give you jobs.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
      • mominpa

        I think it was your president who gave tax exemptions to almost 250 companies. The majority of them in dear Nancy Pelosi's area.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  17. OUCH

    You shoud pass it right away. You should shut up right away. Spend money building schools. NJ pumps millions down the rat holes in Camdem, NJ, killing capital of the world.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  18. jobless

    Hey Obama, It is not just the companies not hiring. People with the jobs are not getting the raises to keep up with the cost of living therefore hording the money they do have. Many people with the jobs are worse of than a year ago as well. The tax breaks you are giving these companies are not going to hire more people and are just going into the Board rooms pockets all while they make the current people with jobs do more and more work. Could the loophole be firing your companies current staff and hiring new works for less pay? Congrats, mission accomplished. How about you start putting money into the community like creating more public transportation and rebuilding America so we can get off fossil fuels? Building a strong infrustucture so when the unthinkable happens (America gets Attacked again by some lunatics) we are prepared. When Roosevelt faced the depression he built the national park service to boost the economy. How about hiring more workers at our boarders? How about instead of standing in front of trucks telling us they will get 56 miles to the gallon in 2021 that you tell us that we will be off gas completely. This country needs strong leadership and explaining to us exactly what is going on. Not just standing at a podium looking weak because congress wont sign a bill. Call these people out and lock them in a room until a deal can be made. Do something!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • George

      He just did.....Tell your congress to pass the Bill.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  19. Kingofthenet

    PASS THIS BILL!!! This guy is better than Billy Mays!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Pete

      He running to save his job

      the mans a joke!!

      September 9, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Joe

      Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Barack Obama has to Go!

      September 9, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  20. OUCH

    Seems all the jobs are for the service sector. Teachers, Police, Firemen What about having the US make things in America!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • OUCH

      If you build the schools then you will not generate revenue. Make corporations come back to American soil. Then the corporation as well as the worker is taxed. Investing in a school will only tax a teacher and burden the property owner in the town.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  21. tready

    Well , how long have we desprately needed more jobs? waiting until the election is just around the corner to get serious about bringing us more jobs, wow, really?.....

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  22. JusTalk

    watching President Obamas speech...is it me or does John Boehner looks darker than the president...hmmmm

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • George

      Glad to see that i wasn't the only one that noticed. Gotta love Congressional vacations

      September 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OMG! Watch how the Rethugs are going to denounce and pick-apart the plan, that they claimed they wanted from him. 'PUT IT ON PAPER OBAMA'! Well he offers plan to a joint session of CONGRESS tonight, hoping to get it passed through the CONGRESS, ASAP! There are Dems and Repubs in CONGRESS who've already agreed that it is an EXCELLENT plan, that needs to be passed right now! 'THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT'! Just watch what the 'TREASONISTIC OBSTRUCTIONISTS' will do with this! They'll FIND a way to KNOCK it down!!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  24. Leroy

    I want to believe the president. I want this country to prosper again. But talk is cheap. And it has been 3 years and here he is with a jobs plan, that may or may not work. I can't vote for him again if all he does is make speeches and gets no results.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  25. OUCH

    Free trade with Panama? How did NAFTA work out with Mexico. That's where my previous job went. We need more import tariffs.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  26. Thom

    GREAT SPEECH! And now I need to go read this bill and see what is in it before I say any more.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  27. Stik

    He talks about meeting responsibilities but keeps running up the debt. Is he a hypocrite or just dumb? It's time for a good President. Obama needs to go and make way for someone who will fix the problems that America faces, instead of making things worse, which has been Obama's legacy.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  28. Fantastic

    Wonderful speech! Tried to bring the parties together, but wasn't soft! If the Republicans would quit worrying about 14 months from now and focus on their jobs, the bill (s) would pass. President Obama reminded me why I voted for him tonight. * Loved his comment about seeing others globally drive our vehicles! Made in America....wonderful- just wonderful! Very proud to be a Democrat right now. Go Obama. I hope he does travel the entire country and I hope he "calls out" every Republican, Tea Partier and every other politician who works against him! Go Obama!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  29. Barry In Las Vegas

    Just what everyone expected – the SOS. Nothing new here. Asking for more money when Obama's Inspector General just put out a report showing they states have not spent $800 million of the last stimus money they were given.

    Time for a change. Too bad the election isn't this November – so we could really work on a program to get people back to work.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  30. mominpa

    This was a campaign speech aimed at influencing votes in 2012 among those who know absolutely nothing about economics, job creation or running a business. It scares me that these people elected a man of no experience. Obama never said where the $450B was coming from. At what point will the press start reporting on other socialist countries in crisis and report to the people of this copuntry that nowhere else does 50% of its citizens get a free ride. Obama was way off the mark stating that we have personal responsibility. It is also appaling that CNN allows such hate to be posted. There will never be civil discourse with the division created by this administration.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • MarineVet

      I'd say you are a troll, except for your near-illiteracy. Perhaps you should either give 3rd Grade another shot, or just stop watching Fox News.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  31. JoeD

    Just tried to contact my Representative [Darrel Issa- R, CA] everytime I tried to e-mail him my expectation that he support [without change] President Obama's Job Initiative- the "registering" info did not allow me to do so. Each time, it was claimed that I hadn't filled out a category [I HAD completed every box- every time]. Similar BS from the GOP'ers as happened when supporters of the President crashed the Congressional servers, during the Debt Ceiling nonsense.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  32. Michael Kilgore

    I listened to the president tonight. Ar first I was skeptical, thinking it would be the same ole, same ole. I was surprised. The president should have given this speech a year ago. As a Republican, I liked the speech ;it rang true and is to the point. We need to do something about our economy, and we need to do something now. Congress should pass this jobs bill with some exceptions. There should be compromise on both sides of the aisle; give and take, but pass it.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  33. JoeD

    Every time I post a comment on SoundOff- It's held for moderation.
    I have NEVER posted profane, uncivil, or inappropriate comments on this forum.
    It seems to have started after I complained that a poster [HSThompson] used extremely lewd language in a reply to my post
    How un-American. Why is this happening ?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  34. Congress needs to get back to work

    Congress controls the purse strings, it is not enough for them to argue amongst themselves, people want to see action on the real issue, unemployment. This is not just the presidents problem, this is the problem of those in congress that have consistently refused to do anything to put people back to work. The quickest way to cut the national debt is to create more jobs. Let me spell it out for all those with a debt fetish in congress. More people with jobs = more taxable revenue = less debt = a stronger America.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  35. thebigk

    Why can't liberals get it? Taxes and government spending take money from the productive (business owners and professionals) and give it to the unproductive (bureaucrats and political cronies). The money that would have been spent and invested would have created real (that is productive) jobs. But instead, real jobs are replaced by pork barrel projects and handouts. Liberals say they want to redistribute the wealth to help the needy. I want to help the needy too. ITS CALLED A REAL JOB! And as far as green energy goes, why don't private investors come up with the money? Maybe because they know it’s a boondoggle and pipe dream. If liberals think green energy is so great, invest YOUR OWN MONEY. But of course, liberals are only generous and idealistic when the spend OTHER PEOPLES MONEY. What a bunch of hypocrites

    September 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  36. What?

    @mominpa
    "when he went to chicago to play golf his first Memorial Day and did not place the wreath in Arlington, he showed his distain. "

    What are you talking about? Seems like your are engaging in revisionist history.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/25/obamas-memorial-day-celeb_n_207294.html

    September 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  37. John Radcliff

    Do not really like the fact that our President says that its payed for but we have to wait two weeks to hear now.
    My question is this, will it become "Obamas nation" or just an "Obama-nation"

    September 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  38. collins

    the president has spoken well. the republicans should pass this great bill into law. and stop playing politics, . i wonder how long republicans will play politics with the lifes of the american people., while china is progressing. collins from pennsylvania.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  39. Elucidated

    I believe that one of the biggest problems in America (and, in fact, the world – at least, in regard to Internet communication) is that people are sarcastic, rude and obnoxious. Do you really expect politicians, who actually make up the same society we all live in, not to be different than the people, say, who are posting here and displaying their horrible, troll-like comments? What ever happened to the Golden Rule? What ever happened to 'If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it at all." After all, you get what you give. If people believe they can act irresponsibly in their communication and actions and that others will act responsibly in return, they are sadly mistaken. Don't allow fools and those who are trigger-happy be the ones you learn from and emulate. Set the example you would like to see others follow. Sure, it won't change in a day, but neither did society turn from the friendly, supportive place it used to be into what it has devolved into now...in a short time. If you want change, you must lead by example. If you are not doing so, you are part of the problem, not the solution.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  40. LIZ Carter in Georgia

    The @mominpa on this blog needs to think before he or she posts a comment! Don't for one minute think that you're the only one who's of a military background and family inclusion! My BLACK father was yanked up by this same system of a federal government to fight people who hadn't done a thing to him in WW2, as were all my uncles and a a few 2nd and 3rd cousins! My husband was a UNITED STATES MARINE; who was part of the 'farce' set up as the VIETNAM WAR! So don't even go there now! Oh! It's all PATRIOTISM!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  41. Kim Young

    "Pass this jobs bill. Do it now. Please pass this jobs bill. So I can win a second term and finally finish destroying America. Then, I can raise the Muslim flag over the White House!" We are not all your fools Obama. I read you from day one. We will come back – once you get the hell out!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  42. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @mominpa; 'Let's drop the BUSH taxcuts for everyone?!? Oh, they won't be dropped for 'everyone', but for the unemployed, so they will in turn be responsible for their 'fair share of taxes' to the nation! Maybe they will be obliged to open up realtime jobs to Americans. The 'cuts' didn't help the loss of AMERICAN jobs!...That was a 'provened' waaay before BUSH left! So what in the world are you talking about? 'for everybody'? Some of us have worked, retired with pensions and still paying our share of taxes!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  43. Brandy

    We need jobs and what the President laid out last night was what had been agreed upon before with the GOP and Dems so if it doesnt pass blame Congress. If Congress truly wants to create jobs they will pass The American Job Bill. The President will cut spending in other programs to pay for this and in fact cut spending by more than what the bill will take to pay for this. Otherwise there will be more people laid off and its worth a chance to get America's jobs.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  44. Dean

    How about no taxes on guns and ammo.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  45. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Dean; gun and ammo taxes huh? Well from where I sit, I don't see where it would make much difference to you and the rest of your hate-ridden beligerent sheeple of the OBAMA-HATING, GOP/TEAPARTYING, CORPORATE LOVING, AMERICA-KILLING KLAN! Insenuations are sometimes all it takes to 'SET IT OFF' up in here, so be careful what you 'insenuate' for..you just might get it! Oh BTW, you creeper-keepers had better hope OBAMA doesn't trip, fall, break his own leg, stump his OWN toe! We're sick of the threats folks!

    September 9, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Joe

      I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

      The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

      he beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

      Thomas Jefferson

      September 9, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Dean

      I'm not a Republican, you imbicile.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • Joe

        I know,
        your a lowlife anti american liberal

        September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  46. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...but the GOP/Teaparty conspirators are treasonously obstructing any and everything he tries to do, working hard to put him out of his job. Hey! The whole world sees it! You're 'NOT WINNING'! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! I'm calling to all Real American Patriots and Loyalists to please STAND UP!! If we don't speak out and stand up soon, we will be forced to shut up and SIT DOWN! To the UN-PATRIOTICS and DISLOYALISTS, just go right ahead and mock my words if you like; as you always do. It will not change the TRUTH!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Joe

      Hey , Hey Ho, Ho, Barack Obama has got to Go!!!!

      The whole world see's what an asshole we have as a president
      No Balls No Brains and No Plan
      the crap he came up with is to ensure his reelection
      If it fails he will blame someone else
      the guy is real low life scum

      September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  47. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Dean, forgive me for assuming. I know that had to be embarrassing...'REPUBLICAN'! In this day and time? I don't blame you for making that clear. I would've done the same thing. However, do you know how much this President has been threatened? People on this blog have literally threatened his life; some blatantly, some subtly, but when guns are mentioned, I immediately jump to defend him, simply because I remember that this GREAT AMERICA has a RICH history of 'Presidential' GUN 'cross-hairs' assassinations.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Joe

      hang it up Liz
      Are you one of these anti Second amendment liberals
      Read above what Thomas Jefferson stated

      September 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  48. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You hang it Joe! I never even indicated that I was against the Second Amendment. Thomas Jefferson said what? You figured It out to be...'it won't be needed unless they try to take it'. Well who is 'they' and unless 'they take what? OBAMA is as smart if not smarter than any other President this country has ever elected. BTW, I can't even say 'black or white'! He's certainly smarter than you Joe! You're just a lowlife conservative conspirator, against any color other than white as president! You're a biggot.

    September 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  49. Liz Carter in Georgia

    We found another 'smart black man'! You and the rest of your envious, beligerent hateful ilk can't stand it! All you clowns do is sit up and repeat the same old lies about the President trying to discredit, denounce, and pick apart all of the mans' lifes accomplishments, SO FAR! He's done more in his life than most of you stupid, illiterate teaparty blogger-cites; you just can't stand the very idea of an intelligent black mind and will go to any lengths to discount and dismiss it to ignorance and idiocy!

    September 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Barack Obama isn't the first 'smart black man' that hit the world stage. Your 'white supremacist system' and your faulty use of the 'Second Amendment' found it's way to take them out! Historically, you have done that, and you all are doing it now against this President through you 'word power' and propagandist claims against him. It's just more of a modern-day lynching! A staged lynching right on and for myself, I'm not taking it layin down. I'm going to at least point to the 'noose' and the assassinators!

    September 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm |