President Obama’s Forceful Leadership for Jobs: “Made in the USA”
The President spoke to the American public tonight about jobs and through them, to the Republicans in Congress who have refused to support anything the President has put forth so far.
“Pass this jobs bill.”
In a commanding, uncompromising tone, President Obama said those words over and over tonight during his speech before the Joint Session of Congress. After two years of legislative Obama, tonight we got Fighter Obama. And Fighter Obama is loved by not only the base, but the American public.
The President was powerful and compelling as he deliberately took the elephant by the tusks, pre-emptively addressing the Republican critics and their Foxian memes by carefully laying out his jobs plan and explaining to the American people that it was based on both Republican and Democratic ideas, utilizing solutions supported by both business and labor and lastly, it would be paid for and would not impact the deficit one penny.
But the President showed his true colors when he took an undeniable and unapologetic stand for the working class of this country, by pushing back on the idea that the economic crisis should be used to deny collective bargaining rights or destroy the social safety net.
Obama specifically detailed the beneficiaries of the American Jobs Act, saying, “It will lead to new jobs for construction workers, teachers, veterans, first responders, young people and the long-term unemployed. It will provide tax credits to companies that hire new workers, tax relief for small business owners, and tax cuts for the middle-class. And here’s the other thing I want the American people to know: the American Jobs Act will not add to the deficit. It will be paid for.”
That was Obama’s first pre-emptive punch at the anticipated Republican response. The President grabbed the “job creators” meme by the neck and tossed it on the ground, exposing the soft unseen underbelly of the mom and pop “job creators”, saying, “And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back, smaller companies haven’t. So for everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for “job creators,” this plan is for you. Pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or raise workers’ wages. Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year.”
Pass this bill.
The President dealt another pre-emptive strike by letting the American public know that his proposal is based on sound bi-partisan thought, “It’s not just Democrats who have supported this kind of proposal. Fifty House Republicans have proposed the same payroll tax cut that’s in this plan. You should pass it right away.”
Pass this bill.
They might not know it yet, but the President was putting them on notice, by serving the truth to the American public on TV, before the Republicans can grasp the narrative and twist it in order to wipe out the basic protections Americans have counted on for decades.
President Obama came out forcefully against the attempt to use the financial crisis against working people, his voice rising passionately as he said, “But what we can’t do – what I won’t do – is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades. I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety. I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from shortchanging patients. I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy.”
Obama dismantled the “rugged individualist” myth the Right loves to wear for branding purposes only, with a call to united action, “But there has always been another thread running throughout our history – a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.”
President Obama called on the Congress to pass this bill, to not allow the American people to suffer because of partisan differences in DC, but also, he put them on notice that he intends to take his case to the people. Obama warned Republicans in Congress, “Regardless of the arguments we’ve had in the past, regardless of the arguments we’ll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.”
President Obama used his bully pulpit tonight for one of his most personal causes: the unemployed and financially vulnerable. Perhaps skeptics and Republicans were expecting Legislative Obama, who has been forced to compromise in order to protect the more vulnerable among us, but the President is in a different position on this fight. When it comes to taking care of the working people, Obama has made his greatest sacrifices for the purpose of our economy and the working class. Tonight was his chance to make the case for them as a fighter with nothing to lose.
Fighter Obama is in the house and if he makes his case to the people and the people are loud enough in their support for him, the Republicans might be forced to actually vote for their country for once.
Pass this bill. Tonight, President Obama delivered forceful leadership for jobs “Made in the USA”.