6:05 PM, Nov 2, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Speaking Wednesday in Washington in front of the Key Bridge, which spans the Potomac River between the District of Columbia and Virginia, President Obama criticized the Republican House for not focusing on job creation. "You have legislation reaffirming that In God We Trust is our motto. That's not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work," he said. (Maybe Evan Thomas was on to something...)
A reporter later asked White House press secretary Jay Carney about the president's reference to God:
Q Okay, and on the president’s speech today, he referenced the House action yesterday on the “In God We Trust” motto and said, “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” I mean, isn’t it a bit much to bring God into the jobs debate?
MR. CARNEY: Well, I believe the phrase from the Bible* is, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” And I think the point the President is making is that we should -- we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people. And that’s why he’s working so hard to get Congress to take action on the American Jobs Act and the provisions therein. And he -- because he believes it’s in the interest of the American people that that action be taken and certainly believes that Americans who are unemployed, who are looking for work, deserve the attention of Washington, the attention of Congress as well as of the President in their policymaking decisions. It’s a number-one priority for him, getting the economy growing faster and getting the economy creating more jobs.
A note at the top of the White House transcript of the press conference explains Carney's mistake: "This common phrase does not appear in the Bible."
10:34 AM, Oct 21, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In a 50-50 vote last night, the Senate voted down the first piece of a promised series of bills designed to pass President Barack Obama's jobs bill piecemeal. This first measure was a $35 billion state aid package for education and first responders. A separate Republican-sponsored jobs bill was defeated by the Democratic majority last night. The Hill reports:
8:08 AM, Oct 20, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Hill reports that the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), an AFL-CIO affiliated union, is out with a new ad campaign urging Congress to pass a provision of the president's jobs bill being brought to the Senate floor this week. The provision allots $35 billion to the states to allow "400,000 teachers and first responders to keep their jobs and get their jobs back," according to Harry Reid, although the majority leader admitted yesterday some of that money wouldn't go to creating or keeping jobs.
Watch the video below, which tells viewers to urge their senators to "vote to fix public safety":
Senate majority leader says it's up to the states. 3:45 PM, Oct 18, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will be moving forward this week on a piece of President Obama's failed jobs bill--a $35 billion provision of state aid for education and first responders. But Reid told reporters today that some of the education money may not go to actually saving the jobs of teachers.
2:06 PM, Oct 18, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator John McCain called President Barack Obama’s 3-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia “a campaign trip” and said it was “unfortunate” that U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill.
Speaking with reporters at the Capitol this afternoon, McCain also criticized the president’s recent comments about the GOP jobs plan. The Arizona senator is leading the push for an alternative to the Democrats' American Jobs Act.
5:55 PM, Oct 17, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
After the Senate blocked a vote on President Obama's jobs bill last week, Democratic leaders vowed to push for votes on the separate parts of the $447 billion package. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced today he will start by holding a vote "as soon as possible" on a proposal to provide $35 billion to the states for teachers and first responders.
New tone.4:48 PM, Oct 17, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
RealClearPolitics captured video of President Barack Obama's speech in North Carolina today, where he said that the Republican plan for the economy is to have "dirtier air, dirtier water, less [sic] people with health insurance." Watch the video here.
Obama also characterized the plan from Republicans in Congress as a "few basic ideas" like gutting regulations and letting "Wall Street do whatever it wants":
3:14 PM, Oct 12, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Last night, two Democratic senators helped block a motion to debate and vote on the president's jobs bill. That hasn't stopped Barack Obama from arguing that it was Republicans in the Senate who are solely responsible for holding up his bill's movement.
8:31 PM, Oct 11, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Hill reports:
President Obama received a slap from members of his own party Tuesday as the Senate voted to block his $447 billion jobs package.
4:17 PM, Oct 4, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Obama campaign sent out an email today asking supporters to urge Congress to at least vote on the president’s jobs bill almost immediately after Democratic majority leader Harry Reid blocked a vote on the bill in the Senate.
3:22 PM, Oct 3, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Politico reports that President Obama will go "on the road" to "GOP swing districts" to tout his "jobs bill."
President Barack Obama has had enough of this legislator-in-chief stuff, and will press for his $447 billion jobs bill on the road, far away from the negotiating table — and inside GOP swing districts.
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