Obama Calls Congress to Take Action on Jobs Plan

Friday, September 09, 2011

President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and television viewers across the country last night, presenting a $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending meant to increase jobs in America. Obama urged Congress to "pass this jobs plan right away." After the speech, House speaker John Boehner said "The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration." Will Obama's plan pass through Congress and, more importantly, will it work?

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, analyze the president's plan and talk about the likelihood of it gaining Republican support.

Guests:

Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [7]

listener

The "very important line of argument in the speech" is not "defending government in ways that are tangible" but with fatuous and overblown straw men arguments.

Sep. 09 2011 08:05 PM
Sophia from OKLAHOMA CITY

this speech was a joke. all he did was repeat himself and say the same old stuff he's been saying all along. His great idea is a tax cut to hire people, wow. what a short sighted lame plan. and his little warren buffet comment is completely deceiving and underhanded. I bet he wishes america never had won the revolution and that we were still a socialist government controlled country,

He is no better than all of the other politicians who are in it for the money and the fame and are acting like they are doing it for the people. if he and the democrats were really about the people they would let americans be free and not make underhanded comments like we can't just let out children be exposed to mercury and all that junk. so fine, justify the loss of freedoms by using anecdotes, thanks mommy obama and company, i need you all to tell me exactly what to do and say since you all know what it is i need better than i do. ridiculous

Sep. 09 2011 02:31 PM
Sophia from OKLAHOMA CITY

this speech was a joke. all he did was repeat himself and say the same old stuff he's been saying all along. His great idea is a tax cut to hire people, wow. what a short sighted lame plan. and his little warren buffet comment is completely deceiving and underhanded. I bet he wishes america never had won the revolution and that we were still a socialist government controlled country,

He is no better than all of the other politicians who are in it for the money and the fame and are acting like they are doing it for the people. if he and the democrats were really about the people they would let americans be free and not make underhanded comments like we can't just let out children be exposed to mercury and all that junk. so fine, justify the loss of freedoms by using anecdotes, thanks mommy obama and company, i need you all to tell me exactly what to do and say since you all know what it is i need better than i do. ridiculous

Sep. 09 2011 02:30 PM
listener

"Pass it now - pass it right now"
There is no bill to pass right now and no money to pay for it right now or ever thanks to the last billion dollar bills this President "urgently" told Congress to pass.

We cannot wait "14 months for nothing" however we could wait over 30 months and trillions of dollars later for nothing until high unemployment was finally addressed.

Sep. 09 2011 01:14 PM
J. Dupery

Why does she keep saying "four and a half billion"?

Sep. 09 2011 09:31 AM
listener

"Urgency" on jobs over two years into his administration and just in time for his billion dollar political campaign?
Didn't we see this "urgency" and "action verbs" on the failed stimulus and the unpopular and troubled Obamacare law when compromise counted for nothing?

"Pass it now - pass it right now,"....never mind what's in it or how we pay for it is exactly how this economic mess was created and apparently some are eagerly prepared to be fooled again.

This time will the media do its job and examine what the "tons of tax cuts" are exactly or will they allow themselves to be swooned once again?

Sep. 09 2011 08:14 AM
Steve from New York

I loved the President's speech. I thought he was right on with so much of his position. In listening to your set on the the black struggle of the 60's, I draw parallels to the traditional 'down- home' southern attitude of racism that is directed against the President and not just a states rights issue. 'Tea Party', sounds so much nicer than, 'mob of racists' or 'homophobes'.

Sep. 09 2011 07:06 AM

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