President Barack Obama is asking Americans to be patient with his
efforts to speed economic recovery. The president again has attacked
Republicans for voting down his jobs legislation.
He has again gone on the road to campaign for support for his economic
initiatives, speaking at a high school in the northeastern city of
Manchester, New Hampshire.
The nation’s unemployment rate has hovered around nine percent for
several months, and Mr. Obama’s public approval ratings have suffered.
Many political experts think the economy will be the main issue that
determines whether the president wins re-election a year from now.
Mr. Obama told the crowd in Manchester his efforts on the economy will
succeed, but not immediately.
“It is going to take time to rebuild an economy that restores security
for the middle class, renews opportunity for folks trying to reach the
middle class. It is going to take time to rebuild an economy that is not
based on outsourcing or tax loopholes or risky financial deals, but one
that is built to last,” he said.
The president’s appeal came one day after a special congressional panel,
called the “supercommittee,” failed to agree on ways to cut the
government’s budget deficit.
Opposition Republicans and some political experts criticized Mr. Obama
for not becoming more involved in pushing the supercommittee toward an
But on Tuesday, the president had criticism for minority Republicans in
the Senate, angrily blasting them for defeating major parts of his
$447-billion jobs legislation.
refused to even debate it. 100 percent of Republicans opposed it, even
though almost two-thirds of Americans supported the ideas in this bill -
Democrats, Republicans and independents alike. Not one Republican in
Washington was willing to say it was the right thing to do, not one,”
Mr. Obama called on Congress to vote next week to extend tax cuts that
are set to expire at the end of December. The top Republican in
Congress, House Speaker John Boehner, said his party is still willing to
discuss supporting the bill.
The small state of New Hampshire will be the scene of one of the first
Republican presidential voting contests of the 2012 campaign, on January
Mr. Obama is expected to be unopposed for his party’s nomination. But
New Hampshire may be one of the so-called “battleground states” that
will be key to winning the national election.