Obama surrounded himself in the Rose Garden with "workers" to look upon him approvingly and nod at appropriate spots in the speech. Some were in jobs uniforms. Parts of the speech was almost verbatum of one issued in September 2009. No new ideas here folks, just move along.
Here is the letter President Obama sent to Congress on submitting his jobs bill. You can also read the bill there.
Remember this while Democrats, led by President Barack Obama, complain about Republicans in Congress - Republicans control one half of one third of the government. That is all. That is a fact.
Obama is offering up more of the same old same old and if Republicans don't fall in line behind it all, he has made it clear he will paint the GOP as partisan and uncooperative. So be it then.
In a sharp challenge to the GOP, President Barack Obama proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes that Republicans have already rejected, and he accused them of political motives if they still refuse to go along.
"The only thing that's stopping it is politics," Obama declared.
The president's proposal drew criticism from House Speaker John Boehner, who'd previously responded in cautious but somewhat receptive tones to the $447 billion jobs plan made up of tax cuts and new spending that Obama first proposed in an address to Congress last Thursday.
"It would be fair to say this tax increase on job creators is the kind of proposal both parties have opposed in the past. We remain eager to work together on ways to support job growth, but this proposal doesn't appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit," Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.
Then Obama went on to ask for politics to be kept out of the debate. Amusing if not so obnoxious. The Chicago pol who has politicized the White House to a level not seen in decades now wants to lecture others to keep politics out of passing this nothing burger of a jobs bill.
President Obama and his team in Washington have run out of ideas on turning around this economy so they are falling back on all they know - class warfare and raising taxes. You may notice that some of the targeted groups set to reap the benefits of increased federal spending are the same who received stimulus money in 2009 and have now run out of said monies. The state workers, teachers, etc who received tax money to keep their jobs, so we were told, are now still in danger of losing their jobs as that stimulus money runs out. Now the states are in the same spot they were in in 2009 and the stimulus money pumped in for a false sense of solvency is not there and didn't work as a long term solution.
Make no mistake, this is simply politics as usual for Barack Obama. He is desperate for some good news in the polls for his re-election bid.
And even as Obama was accusing Republicans of playing politics, he and his Democratic allies were marshaling an aggressive political response of their own.
Obama was traveling to Boehner's home state of Ohio Tuesday to promote his jobs plan, and following that with a trip Wednesday to North Carolina, a traditionally Republican state he won in 2008.
He was getting back-up from the Democratic National Committee, which announced a television ad campaign starting Monday to promote Obama's jobs plans in key swing and early-voting states and to call on voters to pressure their lawmakers for support. The ads urge viewers to "Read it. Fight for it. ... Pass the President's Jobs Plan."
The back-and-forth was taking on elements of a political campaign, with high stakes for both sides as Obama heads into his re-election fight with the economy stalled, unemployment stuck at 9.1 percent and polls showing deep public unhappiness with his leadership on the economy.
Tax hikes are not going to create jobs. It is time for a new leader with fresh ideas. Ideas that work.