Time for President Obama to wake up and look like he’s doing something about jobs again!
Today, he’ll take to the Rose Garden with “teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners and veterans” — read Big Labor supporters with a few non-union tokens tossed in — as he wags his finger again at Capitol Hill to pass the jobs bill.
Which, er, he’ll finally get around to sending to Capitol Hill later tonight.
President Rerun will be quite busy this week, rehashing his warmed-over porkulus plan across the country.
President Obama will again press Congress to pass his American Jobs Act during a Rose Garden event on Monday morning.
A White House official said that the president will send his legislation to Capitol Hill on Monday evening when Congress comes back in session.
Obama has begun a full-on campaign to rally the public behind his plan in an effort to both spur the economy and put Republicans on defense.
On Friday, after unveiling his plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday night, Obama traveled to Richmond, Va. to sell his plan.
The president is scheduled to continue his road show this week with trips to Ohio and North Carolina.
Bad news for taxpayers. Every time he reintroduces his recycled jobs proposals, the price tag gets higher. A few more times and the now-$450 billion plan will cost as much as the original failed porkulus.
Harp and change!
It’s Beltway Groundhog’s Day. Agggggghhhhhhhh:
Update: I just got this White House e-mail outlining how President Rerun and the taxpayer-funded Office of Public Engagement (everything you need to know about them here) are using the jobs road show to drum up the yoot vote:
Good Morning Everyone,
On Thursday President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act, a set of ideas supported by both Democrats and Republicans that Congress must pass right away. Its design is simple: to put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.
To get more informed about President Obama’s plan you can get the facts about the American Jobs Act and check out the White House blog to find fact sheets, information about how the Act will support young Americans, and how you can make a difference in putting America back to work. On the blog you can also find the schedule for White House “Office Hours” on Twitter, where you can ask real-time questions to senior staff. And look bipartisan smiling!
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Members of Congress as he makes his way through the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
This Sunday, the nation will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I vividly remember waking up to the news in my freshman dorm room at Arizona State and the thoughts and feelings I had that day. President Obama asks Americans to remember the lives of those lost and honor those who serve our country today by engaging in service this weekend. The Office of Public Engagement staff will recognize the President’s call to serve by participating in a group service project this weekend and we encourage you to do the same. Send us pictures to be highlighted on our website of your 9/11 service activity as we honor this day of rememberence. And with that, I give you the weekly update.
Call of the Week
Today, young Americans from across the country joined me and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement Greg Nelson on a national conference call to discuss how the American Jobs Act will increase employment opportunities for young Americans. Greg and I fielded questions on patent reform, how the plan tackles structural unemployment, and what kinds of opportunities young entrepreneurs will have out of college and beyond.
For the Win
This week’s “For The Win” spotlight is on 17-year-old Jacob Bernstein. Jacob has written a poignant reflection on how the tragedy of 9/11 inspired him to unite his community through service.
Many of you have asked to for tips on how to get more involved. Well, here is your shot. The American Jobs Act will create new opportunities for citizens across the country to prosper, but we need your help to spread the word. We all have people in our lives that are struggling to find work and are desperately seeking opportunities to provide for their family. Let’s get teachers back into the classrooms, police and firefighters back to protecting our neighborhoods, and fight to give our veterans employment opportunities after they’ve fought so bravely for us. Write about it in your local newspaper, in your school newspaper, on your blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, everywhere. Please send us what you post!
We have an exciting week coming up. On Tuesday, September 13th I will be hosting a web chat with a chief economist from the National Economic Council to answer your questions about the immediate benefits the American Jobs Act will have on young people. I will also be hosting our second round of Regional Campus Engagement Calls. If you have never recieved and invite to one of these call and would like to, let me know.
Here is the schedule for the Campus Engagement Calls next week:
Southwest Campus Call- Monday, September 12th at 6:00pm EDT
Midwest Campus Call- Tuesday, September 13th 6:00pm EDT
South Campus Call- Wednesday, September 14th 5:00pm EDT
West Campus Call- Thursday, September 15th 8:00pm EDT
Northeast Campus Call- Friday, September 16th 5:00pm EDT
This weekend is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that millions of Americans have made for this country. It is also a time to celebrate how far we have come and the work that remains to build up our nation and win the future for our generation and the generations to come.
I look forward to hearing your stories. Have a great weekend, see you next week.