Obama rallies for jobs bill in Rose Garden
Obama was surrounded by teachers, veterans, small business owners, and construction workers in the Rose Garden Monday. (Adam Aigner-Treworgy/CNN)
September 12th, 2011
11:29 AM ET

Obama rallies for jobs bill in Rose Garden

Flanked by teachers, construction workers, and veterans, it almost looked as if President Obama was on the campaign stump. Instead, the location was the White House Rose Garden, where the president announced he was sending his jobs bill to Congress and urged it get passed quickly.

During the 20 minute speech, during which Obama was frequently interrupted by applause, the president urged Congress to keep politics out of it when it comes to passing the bill.

On Thursday, I told Congress I'd be sending them a bill called the American Jobs Act. Well here it is. This is a bill that will put people back to work all across the country, this is the bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis, this is a bill that is based on ideas from both Democrats and Republicans and this is the bill that Congress needs to pass. 10:58:49 No games. No politics. No delays. I'm sending this bill to Congress today and they ought to pass it immediately."

The president also said his bill will keep taxes down for the middle class:

The American Jobs Act would prevent taxes from going up for middle calss familises. If Congress does not act, just about every family in America will pay more taxes next year and that would be a self-inflicted wound that our economy jsut can't fford right now. So lets pass this bill and give the typical family a 1500 dollar tax cut instead.

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  1. Victoria

    here, here! I am on board pass it.

    September 12, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Howard

      Yeah ... Obama ... continue to feverishly HARD sell your failing policies to Americans, instead of spending your time fulfilling your duties as president, from the last time your were elected. Your strategy of pandering to the free loaders, and malcontents could possibly work. After all, appealing to the lowest common denominator provides you with a huge audience ... even if the results of your self-serving efforts will be to transforming America into mediocrity .

      September 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    This is from CNN Money, sorry for the cut-and-paste but it is worth repeating.

    ....Payroll tax cuts: Employees normally pay 6.2% on their first $106,800 of wages into Social Security, but they are now paying only 4.2%. That tax break is set to expire at the end of the year, and Obama would like to expand and extend it. He would cut it in half to 3.1%. Obama also wants to cut the payroll tax businesses pay in half - to 3.1% - on the first $5 million in wages.
    And if a business hires a new worker or gives an existing worker a raise, all payroll taxes will be waived.....

    This is astounding. The president is actually advocating raiding the Social Security fund, cutting contributions in half! For years Liberals cried that President Bush was trying to destroy, take away SS. Now Barry rips the middle out and shoves it off the cliff for good. What has this world come too? Where is the outrage? If a Republican had suggested this you all would call for their head.

    Liberals are hypocrites, plain and simple, hypocrites. Oh, the Liz and Jean's of the world will justify it, heck they could justify Barry picking his nose, or should I say, someone else's nose. We have read your past post on this subject, we know that you say "Don't touch my Social Security, I earned it, I deserve it" Well, Barry boy (meaning he is unqualified) has sunk the Good Ship Social Security. Bye bye grandma, hello soup line.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Howard

      Twelve Words to Describe Obama's Jobs Speech

      Presumptuous: He demanded – 17 times – that Congress immediately pass a bill no one has seen.

      Tired: The speech contained little new, just mostly recycled ideas or extensions of current programs that haven’t worked.

      Small: Its proposals, while expensive, offer little hope of really jump-starting the economy.

      Mind-boggling: Mr. Obama wants to drains hundreds of billions from Social Security for another stimulus.

      Slippery: It will all be paid for, the president said, but it’s up to a Congressional committee to figure out how.

      Misleading: These were just GOP ideas. Really? Republicans have proposed another $450 billion stimulus bill, Mr. Obama?

      Arrogant: He refused to consult in advance with anyone on the Hill, even refusing a meeting request from the House Speaker and Majority Leader.

      Self-centered: The only job he’s really concerned about is his own. If he really wanted a bipartisan package, he would have worked with Republicans to come up with one.

      Unnecessary: The president would have been better off traveling the country this week to lay out proposals, surrounded by people he could claim would might benefit.

      Completely political: Before he spoke, Mr. Obama sent supporters an email titled “Before I head to the Capitol” that ended with “You should donate today.”

      Hyper-partisan: This speech – especially its angry tone – was aimed at setting up the Republicans for blame next fall. Then he’ll say the economy would be better if the GOP has just done what I ordered them to do.

      Misguided: Mr. Obama is betting his re-elect on a massive spending bill

      September 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        truthful words stand the test of time but butlies are soon exposed,
        deceit fills the hearts that are plotting evil /joy fills hearts that are planning
        Does a men of sense run after everysilly tale you say Howard of goblins
        or faries and canvass partuiclarly the evdence that the Republicans care for their on self.

        September 13, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • C-Lo

      Jay–you are absolutely right. I've wondered time and again how they justify reducing SS taxes while th program is nearly insolvent. Wasn't the rally cry during Bush to RAISE the SS taxes to keep it solvent?

      Maybe it's a blessing in disguise, though. If SS fails, it will require us to live like Americans, make and pay our own way, for success or failure. And we'd be rid of a huge financial burden. Keep it for those who are on or near (5 yrs out?) and dissolve it from there. Working in retirement plans, I am APPALLED at how many people expect SS to be their pension plan then complain that the gov't, (i.e. Joe Taxpayer) doesn't do enough to support them.

      September 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  3. Howard

    We don't know what's in Obama's bill (it hasn't been written yet) ... we don't know how much it will cost ... we don't know where the money will come from ... but, Obama is trying to RUSH IT THROUGH. How could anyone allow this thief and con man to get away with this ???

    September 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Howard, it has been written. He wrote it and is telling congress to pass it. Says so right there in the script:
      "...this is the bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis, this is a bill that is based on ideas from both Democrats and Republicans and this is the bill that Congress needs to pass."

      I thought it was obvious by now that he is taking the high road and doing congress' jobs for them. No, we don't know what's in it (much), but who cares. Healthcare was passed in much the same way (except some in congress actually wrote part of it) and isn't it wonderful, NOT.

      I understand next week he plans on asking the Supreme Court to step aside and allow him to hear their cases.

      I was partially right a couple weeks ago when I said he'd propose a plan that the Republicans had already proposed, in that he wants to reduce taxes, but where I was wrong was that he wants to pay forGov't/union jobs w/taxpayer money instead of incentives for the private sector.
      I do agree with his stance on tax credits to small businesses for hiring the longterm unemployed, but he misses the point that small businesses aren't hiring because they don't need labor to create unused products. More Keynesian economics that don't work.

      September 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Howard

        If Obama's bill HAS been written ... then, where is it ??? How come it hasn't been submitted in writing to congress ??? How come it hasn't been provided to the media for publication ... so that the American people can see it ???
        I'll tell you why, BECAUSE Obama hasn't written a bill, and he's once again trying to rush through a horrible bill, which if it was written, would never pass ... and, which is going to put Americans further in debt. OBAMA, JUST STOP SPENDING AND SQUANDERING OUR MONEY !!!

        September 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Same reasons and ways Obamacare was rammed down our throats. It's the new M.O.

        September 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Joe

        The idiot still didnot read his own Obamanation Care bill yet
        Obama is schucking and jiving. He's a Snake Oil Salesman

        September 13, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • lisa2010

      hey if its passes and become law, it will be nice to have a little something in my paycheck..the way every thing is going up in prices it'll help a great deal...

      September 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • Howard

        Lisa ,... if you look at the big picture ... instead of just leaping for the carrot Obama is dangling in front of you ... you'd realize that the reason prices are going up, and the economy is going down, is because Obama keeps printing and inflating our currency, in order to pay for all these bills we can't afford. Anyone with common sense knows that you don't eat the goose that lays the golden eggs ... or the seed corn needed for planting next year's crops ... no matter how hungry you are. And, you don't keep loading debt on future generations. Obama should cut spending, instead of spending more money we don't have. Obama's quick fixes will bring down our entire economy !!!

        September 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • Joe

        Its not what the Country can do for you

        Its what you can do for Obama

        get the moron Reelected

        September 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  4. California Conservative

    Obama CAMPAIGNS for jobs bill in Rose Garden

    Get it right LSM.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • lisa2010

      what's wrong with that with everybody who is unemployed, might finally get a job, even with a few strings attached..

      September 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • russinmaine

        There is no plan, there are no details and yet you have everyone getting a job because of this mans empty campaign speech??? Are you always this gullible?

        September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am |
      • California Conservative

        He's already proven his policies don't work. Pouring more fuel (money we don't have) on the fire will only make things worse.

        But then again believe what you want to believe.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  5. Dean

    Illegal to campaign at the White House.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • lisa2010

      how can you say that campaigning is illegal at the white house, when McConnell himself said that Obama will be a one-term president, isn't that the same as campaigning, but against the president... they all will be guilty of such charge..

      September 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • California Conservative

        McConnell saying that Obama is a one termer isn't campaigning. That's quite funny. Ha ha

        September 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  6. JoeyDee

    It's about time we have something to look forward to. The repug clowns have taken up where the terroist left off with their plan to destory this country. Any one remember the surplus Clinton left? Well Bush & company blew it ALL! and for what? lies told about WMDs in Iraq. The only thing we gotten out of that war is a PILE OF BODIES AND HOLES IN THE GROUND! Then all the jobs were shipped off to China. I say more power to Obama and the American people need to stand up and confront the tea bagger.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      What surplus JoeyDee? Clinton left the country in debt over $5,000,000,000,000.

      September 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • russinmaine

      OK Exactly what is it that you have to look forward to?? More empty campaign rhetoric? More failed spending that creates squat for jobs? The nation a little further down the slippery slope towards insolivency, some additional monies given to the unions for the 2012 campaign??? I'm afraid the reality is you have nothing to look forward to based on this empty shirt masquerading as a president!

      September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  7. Taylor Stubbs

    The press announcement today by the President in the Rose Garden appeared rather
    High Schoolish. Having all the presently employed civil servants surrounding him and
    asking for more taxpayer funded teachers, firemen, and policemen when there's no
    shown need for many of these is not where the problem lies at all. For taxpayers to
    pick up the tab for those companies that increases wages, how does that help unemployed!

    September 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    It is the conservatives who are threatening Social Security! PERRY is the main one! Granted OBAMA said earlier that he'd be willing to put entitlements on the table if that was what it was going to take to get SOMETHING done on the deficit and to start working on a jobs plan ASAP. You know OBAMA's always had to come bearing gifts or with a polka hand, WHENEVER he asks the Repukes for anything! THEY STILL SAY 'HELL NO'! However, the REPUKES are the ones who are pressing the SS entitlement issue! STOP LYING!

    September 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Take a look at this CNN Money article.
      "What's in Obama's stimulus plan"

      Payroll tax cuts: Employees normally pay 6.2% on their first $106,800 of wages into Social Security, but they are now paying only 4.2%. That tax break is set to expire at the end of the year, and Obama would like to expand and extend it. He would cut it in half to 3.1%.
      Obama also wants to cut the payroll tax businesses pay in half - to 3.1% - on the first $5 million in wages.
      And if a business hires a new worker or gives an existing worker a raise, all payroll taxes will be waived.

      Well Liz, I am not lying. It is your president that is defunding and destroying Social Security. This is in the bill that he says pass now! Republicans are talking about improving Social Security but no one has put this drastic of a cut on the table. Come on Liz, don't be a hypocrite, call your president out on this issue.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:32 am |
    • russinmaine

      Liz, news flash for you Perry is a candidate not elected and therefore with 0 influence on Social Security. Whatever you do don't be bothered by the realities of your President wanting to cut the SSI tax rates which actually feed the program and therefore accelerates the possibility of it becoming insolvent! You might want to pay a little closer attention to the facts and details of the issues you seem to want to discuss?

      September 13, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, where did you get that piece of propaganda? Everybody in the world knows that Clinton left the Presidency and the government checkbook in good shape! BUSH had money 'gone to bed' as my old grandma used to say, when he stepped into the OVAL OFFICE! He sqwandered it and then started borrowing from CHINA and whomever else he could to fund those wars! I believe he took money from hardworking AMERICANS Social Security Fund, and can't pay it back! So they try to make us feel guilty that we depended on it!

    September 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • California Conservative

      Is it the president that makes and passes the bills or congress? If congress (which it is) then Newt being the speaker of the house at that time should take responsibility don't you think? I'll bet probably not but it's your choice to believe the truth or not.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  10. Jay in NC

    Clinton was president from January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001

    When he took office the debt was $ 4,188,092,107,183.
    When he left office the debt was $ 5,727,776,738,304.
    That is a $ 1,540,000,000,000 extra debt or an increase of 37 %.

    These numbers come from the Treasury's own website. Check it out at this URL. You can enter any date and time and see the debt to the penny. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

    By the way you can also see on the website that in 8 years President Bush added $ 4,899,000,000,000 to the debt.
    And that in only 2 1/2 years Barry has added $4,089,000,000,000.

    Social Security Fund? You do realize that your president is saying that he is cutting funding for Social Security in half. That he is reducing the rate from 6.2 % to 3.1 %. Now that is taking money from hardworking Americans.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:22 am |
    • Russell Brown

      President clinton left a surplus
      president Bush spend every time .

      September 13, 2011 at 8:34 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Russell, why don't you visit the governments website. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

        The truth is there for those that want to see it. Others can repeat Liberal talking points and keep their heads in the sand.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • Joe

        Slick wille had a surblus because he denied th military for what they needed
        President Bush build the military back up
        Slick willie cared more about a blow job than he did about our military

        September 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @ Joe...carry it one step further–Which led to the inteligence lapse that allowed 9/11.

        September 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh well you may have something if that's what's really in the bill that he said both Democrats and Republicans said they liked. So I guess the Repukes are still playing political games! They've forced his hand to even have to bring social security to the table in the first place. They told him a while ago they weren't talking to him about abolishing oil subsidies, taxcuts, jobs or nothing else, unless entitlements were on the table! They aren't trying to improve SS; they want the 'ponzie scheme' cut out!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • C-Lo

      Liz–how is it that you accuse the R's of playing political games, when, as I said a couple weeks ago that Obama would "come out" with a plan that they already largely proposed and he threatened to veto if it even made it past Ried's Senate? Doesn't that make Obama the one playing the games?

      And for those who don't believe this was underhanded campaigning, take a look at the Denver Post politics page regarding the "DNC's" commercials set to hit the air here and other swing states (it doesnt mention which ones). I'd provide a link, but it's link is headed with "mary jane" for some reason–apparently they are smoking some of it over there. Bottom line is that it appears, against House Rules, Obama and his re-election committee set this whole thing up as a commercial for his campaign.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  12. bcnfla

    What a fake. President Obama is trying to position himself for re-election and he doesn't give a damn about saving anyone's job but his own. Take a look down memory lane, when in October 2010, when in an interview admitted they're no shovel ready jobs. How he praised Solyndra and gave them 535million of our tax dollars to make solar panels and now they have filed bankruptcy and layed off 1,179 employees in less than a year. I hope that voters in this country will reject Obama and his policies in 2012. Save the country, vote for someone else.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    However, Jay even then I don't see how you can say he's taking money out of hardworking AMERICANS pockets by simply changing the employee percentage rates to the fund. Seems to me that puts more money into their pockets. People need money NOW, so I don't see where that is so bad. The man's been ill-strategically put in the position to have to pull out all stops to lift the economy, and the only way to get that going is JOBS! But look at the bag they've still left him holding STILL SAYING NO!

    September 13, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Howard; why you so mean and evil? Granted there are free-loaders in our society. We aren't the only society in the world who has them. I believe there are more 'needy' than free-loaders anyway! We, as the 'rich nation' we claim to be, took responsibility for them ALL for years; as long as our 'wealthy' weren't hurting; and I believe the working poor and the middleclass are the ones paying out more to take care of them ANYWAY! The rich have contributed, but not to the pain of the poor and the middleclass!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You say OBAMA's appealing to the lowest common denominator which provides him with a huge audience..., well you maybe right! So what does that even say to the rest of the AMERICAN audience? Can they see that clearly something isn't balanced? That for ages there's obviously been a drastic difference or a big gap in the opportunities and resources available, financially and otherwise to that HUGE audience of Americans that you speak of, as compared to the 'small' audience of Americans? That's the BIG picture!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Now all of a sudden, OBAMA is being pressed and is expected to change and adjust that particular 'status quo' of ages of this 'policy', which is now being labeled 'entitlements'. Do you think the OIL COMPANIES are entitled to those taxpayer paid subsidies? Do you think the 'wealthy' are entitled to continue to enjoy BUSH taxcuts, which were implemented 10 years ago under the pretense that it would enhance job opportunities for more Amercans? You'd rather these, than supplementing the impoverished and needy?

    September 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      If tax cuts do not enhance job opportunities then why did Barry extend them for two years? Now why is he trying to gut Social Security? Cutting contributions in half for all workers, some will not have to contribute at all, will bankrupt the system.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh yeah, and 'let's run the MUSLIMS out of AMERICA, because they're 'terrorists' and we are SUCH the CHRISTIAN NATION'! I see many homegrown terrorists on this blog. Jesus Christ served the poor, and told us that the poor would be among us always. HE was warning us that everybody couldn't be rich, Howard. The KKK are Christian terrorists! Oh yeah, 'we'll keep our JEWS because they have ALL the money'! That's another part of the BIG picture as I see it. America suffers because of greed, thievery and lies!

    September 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Joe

      Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
      He leadeth me beside the still factories.
      He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
      He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

      party's sake.
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

      line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

      me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

      My expenses runneth over.
      Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

      the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

      home forever.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    russinmaine; Oh, I pay attention alright! I only used PERRY because as a GOP candidate, I'm under the impression as are others, that he's mirrowing the Republican ideals today! OBAMA's just trying to put some extra money into AMERICAS' pockets, OK? So since we working or retired AMERICANS have complained so about the 'failed social security fund', BTW, you mentioned SSI, which is social security insurance; there's a difference incidently; all OBAMA did was reduce the % rates for current workers!

    September 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    C-lo, if he was going to veto it; the plan that was 'largely' composed by the GOP, well what's the problem now? Why don't they support it? It's seems they're in fact up to the same games; denouncing things that they were previously for! They just don't want it being presented to AMERICA through this PRESIDENTS' hands; certainly don't want him to get the credit; him being 'in charge'; him being the 'leader'; it'll be 'under his watch'! NO WAY JOSE! GOP: We want sign off on it; maybe after the election!

    September 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
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    September 22, 2011 at 6:10 am |