Obama Uses Unemployment Drop To Take Down Boehner and The GOP

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President Obama used the news that the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.3% to warn John Boehner and the GOP against any attempts to wreck the economy.

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Here’s the transcript,

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Now, this morning, we received more good news about our economy. In January, American businesses added another 257,000 jobs. The unemployment rate came down because more people found work. And altogether, we’ve added 3.7 million new jobs over the last 23 months.

Now, these numbers will go up and down in the coming months, and there’s still far too many Americans who need a job, or need a job that pays better than the one they have now. But the economy is growing stronger. The recovery is speeding up. And we’ve got to do everything in our power to keep it going.

We can’t go back to the policies that led to the recession. And we can’t let Washington stand in the way of our recovery. We want Washington to be helping with the recovery, not making it tougher.

The most important thing Congress needs to do right now is to stop taxes from going up on 160 million Americans at the end of this month. They’ve got to renew the payroll tax cut that they extended only for a couple of months. They need to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance — and do it without drama, without delay, without linking it to some ideological side issues. They just need to get it done. It shouldn’t be that complicated. Now is not the time for self-inflicted wounds to our economy. Now is the time for action.

So I want to send a clear message to Congress: Do not slow down the recovery that we’re on. Don’t muck it up. Keep it moving in the right direction.

The Labor Department’s January jobs report was packed full of good news. The economy created its highest number of jobs in nine months. In the last three months employers have added 201,000 jobs a month, which is 50,000 jobs a month more the economy averaged last year. Hiring improved in many different areas of the economy, and pay increased.

President Obama not only sent the message to congressional — specifically House –Republicans not to screw up this recovery, but he also set them up to be the cause of any future tumble that the economy might take. Obama’s point was that he got the economy on the right track again, and if it goes off the rails because Republicans in Congress continue to play their obstruction games, it will be their fault.

President Obama also let it be known that he is about to tolerate John Boehner’s plan to attach Keystone XL to any bill extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. This is what the president was referring to when he said, “no ideological side issues.” Obama was sending a message to Speaker Boehner that he can forget about Keystone XL.

Most importantly, Obama didn’t ask Congress to do anything. He told them what he wanted done. He didn’t request that Congress pass the long term payroll tax and unemployment insurance extensions, he told them to get it done, or else. The American Jobs Act marked the change in Obama’s tone, and his recent series of victories on the payroll tax extension, and SOPA have House Republicans on the run.

The economic recovery is gaining steam, his political fortunes have turned, and the Republican plan to make Barack Obama a one term president looks like it headed for failure.

17 Replies to “Obama Uses Unemployment Drop To Take Down Boehner and The GOP”

  1. I will admit that Mr. Obama’s chances look a great deal better than they did a few short months ago. He also appears to be the only possible safe alternative to whichever candidate the Republicans may nominate; however, Mr. Obama’s record, the current recovery notwithstanding, is not such as to give me much confidence that he is likely to be interested in a number of other extremely important issues which need to be addressed in this country, his propensity to unilaterally committing the armed forces of the United States to take potentially hazardous military action in cases in which no possible threat to the United States even exists comes readily to mind in this regard. There is also the problem of Mr. Obama’s having not only renewed the so-called “Patriot Acts,” but actually augmenting their scope to a truly alarming degree and size. His re-election may be better than any conceivable alternative, but not by very much at all.

  2. Its always easier to pick out what we don’t like that what we do like or what else a person has done. does millions of jobs come to mind?

  3. You have to wonder what he will do if he gets a second term and a working congress and not have to worry about the threat of re-election. He could really kick the GOP where the sun don’t shine. Go Obama 2012!

  4. President Obama has an awesome record of accomplishments which the profiteering left never acknowledge so many are left ignorant. But, do they ever whine about what they see as glaring transgressions.

    “No threat to the United States”? President Obama authorized military action with NATO to save people from being slaughtered by a genocidal dic. PObama is about the Planet as well as the United States where he is building a foundation for the future as best he and his Team can with all the obstruction of the Kochs’ minions. His is the long game.

    I appreciate so much what President Obama and his Team have done for our country so far and he will be a Two Term President!

  5. Kimbutgar was absolutely right, I think re-electing Pres Obama would be great and he would be awesome, all the things he had to tread softly on this term he will ensure that he gets through in a second term, he will not have to worry about fighting corporate money trying to get hiom ou8t of office, he has done so many good things that will be undone if a repub gets in.I am firmly convinced that he will encourage states towards single payer health insurance (which is buried in the ACA) in a paragraph saying that states may opt out if they can do a more cost effective plan.

  6. Unemployment dropped to 8.3%, the lowest in 3 years.

    THAND GOD FOR GEORGE W BUSH’s policies, which are now showing effect. Face it, libbie-loons, Bush’s policies have helped drop unemployment and brought the economy back a bit after Obama’s policies wrecked the economy and caused the biggest recession since the Great Depression.

    Thank Bush for the good news. Boot Obama from office in November!!

  7. Make no mistake about it speaker Boehner will try to add Keystone and anything else he can to the tax bill. And that will be absolutely wonderful. The reform it’s necessary in Congress in part is the way bills are produced. Why are you adding extra stuff onto a tax bill that has nothing to do with taxes?

    Speaker Boehner will be walking into a firestorm if he adds Keystone in

  8. Dude,what the hell are you talking about ? It was the Bush Policies that created the financial and economic crater that the U.S. and the world finds itself and is getting itself out of with no help from the treasonous republicans and their racist tea party and birther factions.Those bloody tax cuts for the wealthy,those two unwarranted and un-neccessary wars,that precription drug programme and of course TARP.All combined to $5.1 trillion dollars in debt and over 8 milion jobs destroyed,millions of people having lost or losing their homes,over 4,400 americans dead in Iraq alone and for what ? FOR NOTHING.

    “Thank Bush for the good news”? My man you’re a blasted eediat.Stop chatting rubbsih.

  9. Than(d/k) god for the person who drove our car into that ditch.

    Without him, we wouldn’t be getting rescued right now!

  10. Shut up you fucking retard. We all know it was The Fucking Dumbass Shrub and the GreedFactory that partied us into almost oblivion. You and the rest of the damn mutants are not going to get away with trying that shit again. You took the surplus of Bill Clinton and had a good time but the fucking party is over. Your desparate. Barack Obama: Second Term 2012! Get used to it assholes! Fuck off troll.

  11. galactusx please dont take him seriously. He always writs that stuff and is probably laughing at you this very second. And please remember this is not the mens club. We do have women here with delicate ears

  12. boy, do you ever need to wake up. have another cup’o’tea. Support the mentally challenged…..TAKE A TEABAGGER TO LUNCH!!!!!!!!

  13. This is another case in which the Party of No has outsmarted itself. Since January 2009, they have been playing games that have hurt countless Americans, and more Americans see them exactly for the uncaring obstructionists they’ve shown themselves to be. This is on top of outsmarting themselves and being stuck with pathetic presidential candidates as the result of being co-opted by lunatics in their win-at-any-cost quests.

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