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- August 17, 2011

President Obama Plans Yet Another “Major Speech” On The Urgent Need For Jobs – After His Vacation

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper:  “I gotta say Chuck, that tone in your voice sounds like you've heard this all before. I think –they've tried this so many times, I wish I had a dollar for every time I had written a story that said the White House is shifting to jobs, jobs, jobs.” (MSNBC’s, “Daily Rundown,” 8/17/11) 

IN BETWEEN PIVOTING TO JOBS, OBAMA IS PERPETUALLY PLANNING ANOTHER “MAJOR SPEECH” WITH MORE PLANS FOR JOBS

January 8, 2009: “President-Elect Barack Obama To Deliver Major Speech On The Economy On Thursday.” “President-Elect Barack Obama will deliver a major speech on the economy at George Mason University tomorrow. He will make the case for urgent action on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will save or create over 3 million jobs while investing in priorities like health care, energy, and education that will jumpstart economic growth.” (The Office Of The President-Elect, “President-Elect Barack Obama To Deliver Major Speech On The Economy On Thursday,” Change.gov, 1/8/09)

April 13, 2009: “President Barack Obama To Give Major Speech On The Economy At Georgetown University.” “President Barack Obama will deliver a major speech on the economy Tuesday, April 14th, at Georgetown University.  The speech will take place at 11:30 AM EDT in Gaston Hall. The President will discuss how each step his administration has taken to confront this economic crisis fits within his broader vision of how we move this economy from recession to recovery and ultimately to prosperity.” (Office Of Media Affairs, “Tomorrow: President Barack Obama To Give Major Speech On The Economy At Georgetown University,”WhiteHouse.gov, 4/13/09)

September 11, 2009: “Obama To Give Major Speech About Economy On Monday.” “President Barack Obama is to give a ‘major’ speech on the economy Monday, one year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked a global financial crisis, the White House said.” (“Obama To Give Major Speech About Economy On Monday,” Agence France-Presse, 9/11/09)

December 5, 2009: “Obama To Promote New Job Ideas During Tuesday Speech.”  “In his latest job creation effort, President Barack Obama is trying to find practical and politically feasible ways of spurring hiring among skittish employers. Among the ideas expected in his economic speech Tuesday is an expanded program that gives people cash incentives to fix up their homes with energy-saving materials, senior administration officials have told The Associated Press.” (Will Lester, “Obama To Promote New Jobs Ideas During Tuesday Speech,” The Associated Press, 12/5/09)

January 5, 2010: “Obama To Tout Job-Creating Efforts In Ohio Speech. “President Barack Obama will travel to Ohio on Jan. 22 to build public support for his jobs agenda. … Obama has called for a new burst of federal spending, perhaps $150 billion or more, to create jobs and steady the economy. The spending would be focused on infrastructure improvements, tax cuts for small business, and retrofitting millions of homes to make them more energy-efficient.” (“Obama To Tout Job-Creating Efforts In Ohio Speech,” The Associated Press, 1/5/10)

January 27, 2010: “In Key Speech Obama Pledges To Create Jobs.” “Declaring ‘I don't quit,' an embattled President Barack Obama vowed in his first State of the Union address Wednesday night to make job growth his topmost priority and urged a divided Congress to boost the still-ailing economy with a new burst of stimulus spending.” (Jennifer Loven, “In Key Speech Obama Pledges To Create Jobs,” The Associated Press, 1/27/10)

September 6, 2010: Obama Delivers “Major Speech” To Unveil “New Plan To Spur Growth.” MIKE VIQUEIRA: “This week Mr. Obama will respond. Today he travels to another swing state, Wisconsin, for a Labor Day address. Then in what is being touted as a major speech, the president goes to Cleveland on Wednesday where he will unveil a new plan to spur growth, including more tax breaks for business. And on Friday, Mr. Obama holds a White House press conference where the economy is expected to be the major topic.” (NBC’s, “Today,” 9/6/10)

January 25, 2011: “Obama's State of the Union Focus: Winning the Future.’” “Nearly three months after what he described as the ‘shellacking’ suffered by his party in the midterm elections, the president will try to balance a call for job creation and deficit reduction. He will offer his vision to promote hiring with what officials describe as ‘targeted investments.’ He will frame it as a plan for ‘winning the future.’” (Peter Maer, “Obama’s State Of The Union Focus: ‘Winning The Future,’” CBS News, 1/25/11)

THE RESULTS OF OBAMA’S SPEECHES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

Since President Obama Took Office, The Nation Has Lost 2.4 Million Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 7.8 Percent To 9.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/17/11)

Moody’s Revises Growth Forecasts For 2011 And 2012 Based On “‘Significantly Weaker’ Prospects For The Economy.” “Moody's Analytics on Monday lowered its outlook for growth in the U.S. economy this year and next, saying it sees "significantly weaker" prospects for the economy than just a month ago as the country struggles to avoid another recession.” (“Moody’s Lowers US Economic Outlook Through 2012,” The Associated Press, 8/15/11)

Unemployment Next Year Could Remain Higher Than 8 Percent Meaning No Job Growth After “The Biggest Stimulus Package In The History Of The World.” “The White House anticipates unemployment at 8.25 percent and Goldman Sachs and others warn the number could be higher — close to 9 percent, which would mean no net job growth after the biggest stimulus package in the history of the world.” (Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, “Obama’s Big Drags,” Politico, 8/4/11)

  • The White House Is Concerned That The Economy Stands In The Way Of A Second Term, As “One Obama Adviser Conceded, ‘The Numbers Add Up To Defeat.’” “Privately, however, Obama’s team is concerned about the factors beyond its control, talking of an imminent need to retool their economic message and strategy heading into 2012. Absent the president’s ability to defy political gravity, one Obama adviser conceded, ‘The numbers add up to defeat.’” (Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, “Obama’s Big Drags,” Politico, 8/4/11)

The Buffalo News: “This Country Needs A Leader Now Who Can Turn The Economy Around, And It's Become Clear That Obama Has No Idea How To Do It.” “Obama might have been a good president in a different era -- if we had no debt problems, the economy was growing and unemployment was manageable. But the situation is far different and far more desperate. This country needs a leader now who can turn the economy around, and it's become clear that Obama has no idea how to do it.” (Editorial, “Can Obama Succeed?” The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)

  • The Buffalo News: “The Inability Of President Obama To Run This Country Has Reached New Levels Of Concern.” “The inability of President Obama to run this country has reached new levels of concern, including within the Democratic Party itself. The idea of challenging a sitting president for the presidential nomination is practically unheard of, but then we are not talking about normal times, nor an acceptable performance.” (Editorial, “Can Obama Succeed?” The Buffalo News, 8/16/11)

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