An excerpt of the president’s speech to start in a few minutes

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.

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.

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.

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.

Source: White House Press Office

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11 Responses

  1. Nice to see John Boehner applaud for the Obama line: “Stop the political circus.”

  2. But he didn’t applaud for “You should pass this jobs plan right away.”

  3. Again, Boehner doesn’t go for the “pass this right away” line.

  4. Everybody rises and applauds for jobs for veterans.

  5. Boehner smiles a little but doesn’t applaud for cutting payroll taxes.

  6. Lindsey Graham rises and applauds for Medicare reform.

  7. Wait for the election? Wait for the ballot box? Good applause for the idea that a people suffering economic stagnation can’t wait 14 months for the next election.

  8. A 33-minute speech ending with the president’s next step: taking his message to every corner of the USA.

  9. Commentator on Channel 7 Fox describes the speech as a watered down stimulus package unworthy of the historic place where FDR et al have spoken.

  10. Fox commentators don’t seem to think there’s any problem to deal with on an urgent basis. And no pressure on any Republicans in Congress. Krauthammer, like Cheney, gets out of his coffin to say Obama already has failed and now he’s abusing a majestic setting to give a campaign speech.

  11. Reince Priebus, RNC chair, comes on Fox to say like the other guys it’s the same old speech. Calls it same old class warfare, various other cliches of his class.

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