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President Barack Obama calls on GOP at rally to ‘put country before party,’ create jobs

September 6, 2011


— President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country’s interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. “Show us what you’ve got,” he said.

In a partial preview of the jobs speech he’s delivering to Congress on Thursday night, Obama said roads and bridges nationwide need rebuilding and more than 1 million unemployed construction workers are itching to “get dirty” making the repairs. He portrayed Congress as an obstacle to getting that work done.

“I’m going to propose ways to put America back to work that both parties can agree to because I still believe both parties can work together to solve our problems,” Obama said at an annual Labor Day rally sponsored by the Detroit-area AFL-CIO. “Given the urgency of this moment, given the hardship that many people are facing, folks have got to get together. But we’re not going to wait for them.”

“We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if congressional Republicans will put country before party,” he said.

Congress returns from its summer recess this week and the faltering economy and jobs shortage are expected to be a dominant theme.

Besides spending on public works, Obama said he wants pending trade deals passed to open new markets for U.S. goods. He also said he wants Republicans to prove they’ll fight as hard to cut taxes for the middle class as they do for profitable oil companies and the wealthiest Americans.

The president is expected to call for continuing a payroll tax cut for workers and jobless benefits for the unemployed. Some Republicans oppose extending the payroll tax cut, calling it an unproven job creator that will only add to the nation’s massive debt. The tax cut extension is set to expire Jan. 1.

Republicans also cite huge federal budget deficits in expressing opposition to vast new spending on jobs programs.

But Obama said lawmakers need to act — and act quickly. “The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now,” he told a supportive union crowd that Detroit police said was in the thousands. The event at a General Motors Corp. parking lot in the shadow of the automaker’s headquarters building had the sound and feel of a campaign event, with the union audience breaking into chants of “Four More Years” throughout the president’s 25-minute speech.

Obama could be including himself in that call for action. His remarks came as he’s facing biting criticism from the GOP for presiding over a persistently weak economy and high unemployment.


jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

“I’m going to propose ways to put America back to work that both parties can agree to because I still believe both parties can work together to solve our problems,”

Well, that makes one of us, Mr. President. I sure hope you're right. Unfortunately, and my memory's a little fuzzy on this, past call-outs to the Republicans haven't gone so well. Considering that high unemployment and a weak economy are the top two talking points Republican candidates wish to giddily bash him over the head with, I'm not very optimistic. 'Course, the right has to warily proceed lest their "strategy" blow up in their faces, which coincidentally has happened more often that not in recent memory.

The SOP in Washington since Clinton was sworn in has been for the opposition to automatically and immediately denounce whatever the other has said or done. If the President farts we can count on a soundbite from some freshman congressman proclaiming he did it wrong, didn't take into account the wind direction, or it wasn't manly enough. As the issue rises in importance, so does the opposition's speaker. It's really a brilliant strategy... as long as your constituents are lemmings. (Yes, I know the misconceptions about the rodents, but the metaphor still holds!) Things are so dire now, however, I truly wonder if those in power might actually wise up and decide to work together. Sure would be a welcome change of pace. But I'm afraid the odds against are approximately the same as the Jayhawks football team winning the Big 12 this year.

Scott Drummond 6 years, 3 months ago

The corporate media demands a horserace, so don't count on them giving coverage to anyone so boring as to want to work with the President for the good of the country.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Couldn't disagree more. With the absolute dearth of bipartisanship for almost two decades, someone crossing the aisle would be major news and would not be avoided, if only to highlight the impending backlash from the "offender's" party. Such rationality is probably the main reason most of the country knows who Joe Lieberman is.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

It's just a good thing that the Mope's people sat down with Hoffa's people and mutually decided on a date for the speech. The current regime wouldn't have wanted another unforced error like the brewup over the date for his upcoming not-so-major address to Congress.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

Obama is a failure. But it's a failure to fix what so-called conservatives have been busy breaking over the last 30 years. He's spent most of his time and efforts attempting to compromise with said conservatives who have no intent to fix anything, because they believe that the worse things are, the better they'll do in elections next year.

Now call me some names, just to show us how mature you are.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

Why, if I didn't know better, I'd think that you think that every post I make is directed at you.

But I appreciate your gratuitous whining, nonetheless. It's just so totally in character for you.

bradh 6 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like you are talking Democrats to me. As far as I've seen, neither party has tried to work with the other for decades. Obama has done less bi-partisanship than most.

Corey Williams 6 years, 3 months ago

*they refuse to do anything but spew conservative talking points and call liberals names. (fixed it for you) "Anyone who still believes and worships Obama at this point, is a complete and total idiot." Why would anyone worship Obama? Wasn't it Rush that came up the "anointed one"?

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

comments like this are why you're still a football go cuss at your kids, choke them, and then tell them to believe in god, country, and football, just like my smalltown Kansas football coach did. Do all of you clowns watch Friday Night Lights? coaches know nothing of politics anyway except play the school board or prominent parent's kids even if they go find the the right behinds to kiss and keep attacking the smart people...

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Not that I care for ksfbcoach's comment, but once again tusch can't wait to ignorantly make a blanket indictment of one group of people. Amazing you have the audacity to lecture others on their supposed bigotry and small mindedness, pal. You're one of the worst offenders here.

itwasthedukes 6 years, 3 months ago

I think the unions should just rob the corporations of all their money because lets face it that money belongs to the middle class working people like Jimmy. Could it be that Corps aren't hiring in America because unions are abusing their power? No that's crazy. The truth is Tea Par-tiers hate America and working people. That is a logical conclusion. Wow we are so lost...

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

It is time for Obama to go out to pasture and let a true market oriented conservative take office and bring free market reforms to all of these areas. Hoffa and company have been running the labor movement into the ground for years--look at the percentage of labor union members--falling, falling, falling.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

Running unions into the ground is one of the grand goals of your vaunted "market-oriented conservatives." So shouldn't Hoffa be one of your heroes for helping establish your corprofascist dream?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 3 months ago

Fat chance! The clueless Republicans, who have no program at all except to attack the President will fight tooth and nail to defeat him at the next election. With nothing at all to solve the problems of the nation, they cannot do anything but bleat and moan and gargle in pursuit of their agenda of destroying the current administration.

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago

let me put some reality in these comments....everything you say is bigoted. You simply want a one sided putdown conversation and you don't like being rebutted. Democrats put up with your nonsense all of the time. For you to call me bigoted is ludicrous. I was talking about my actual football coach from school 23 years ago. The coach at the junior high level was actually clergy in this small town and cussed like a sailor. Real experiences....not ones based on listening to Hannity and pillboy all day...

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

"let me put some reality in these comments....everything you say is bigoted"

Seek help.

Jean Robart 6 years, 3 months ago

"You guys do the work and I'll take the credit."

Mike Ford 6 years, 3 months ago a typical can talk smack but you can't take it... waaaagh.....

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

First of all, I'm not a Republican. Second, what you wrote was not 'smack', just more of the same disjointed, delusional, self-aggrandizing're known for. Third, I say again, seriously - seek help! Anyone who believes "everything (anyone who contradicts or criticizes the great and powerful tusch) says is bigoted"......well, they need professional help.
Share some of your posts with some friends. An intervention is definitely in order.

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