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September 1st, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talk Back: Is President Obama's jobs plan D.O.A. before its even unveiled?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

After consulting with House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama has agreed to move his scheduled special jobs address to a joint session of Congress back one day to avoid a clash with Republicans.

Now, the prime time speech will be on TV at the same time that the NFL kicks off its first game of the season, instead of the original date, when it would have competed with a televised Republican debate.

This scheduling clash has left many worried that lawmakers will continue to be unable to work together once Congress reconvenes.

As a Washington Post op-ed put it, "This spat sums up so well the image problems that Obama has faced since the start of his term. If the White House has spent months working to appear above the partisan fray – as the y insist they have – then pulling a blatantly partisan stunt like this torpedoes all of that PR work."

Talk Back: Is President Obama's jobs plan D.O.A. before its even unveiled?

Let us know what you think. Your response may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Cally

    DOA, YES, the republicans have said in there actions what they want this president to be, President Obama have some good ideas, if only he could get a chance to showcase himself, then again he is a black man of slaves so who is he?

    September 5, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  2. Stevereeno

    Politics is CNN's only program.. 24/7

    September 2, 2011 at 5:45 am |
  3. Bonnie

    Kind of off topic I know.... As I see it, the government is who has taken our tax dollars and spent unwisely so they, those who have the authority to choose how the money is spent, should take a huge pay cut in order to help put the country back on track financially!!!!! In the real world if someone messes up at work they are fired or demoted with a pay decrease so why is it different for the countries leaders?

    September 1, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  4. Robert Roenigk

    Probably will be DOA since there will be nothing new. Another display of arrogant behavior asking for free airtime for another political speech.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  5. Joe Luis

    It is so sad to see how childish politicians have gotten. If its not a Republican or Tea Party ideal, suggestion, stradegy , ofcourse they will be against it. How can a politican claim to have a fix for everything that is wrong in America, but will only reveal it if elected. Then when elected we come to find out it was all lies. Governors and mayors do not have the opposition as does the President, so it makes it so much easier for them to run thier states or city. President Obama was DOA the moment he stepped foot in the White House, and the Republicans will make sure that he is not resuscitated. I refuse to vote in another election, this is sickening.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  6. Liana S

    Cheers to Ali Velshi for his brisk defense and sensitivity to the victims of disaster especially when Ron Paul suggested that there is no role for FEMA. Should victims of wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. be left to their own devices for living in their path. According to Ron Paul, victims should have their own insurance and help themselves.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  7. Michael Fotheringham

    I am a naturalized American who is appalled by the rancour and political partisanship in DC. Everything gets spun one way or another. Not only is our President being the adult in the room, but he is clearly demonstrating a willingness to compromise in agreeing to a date change, something that will surely be spun as weakness instead of the leadership it actually demonstrates!

    September 1, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  8. Dianna S

    Republican's and the Tea Party Republicans can keep trying to divert all the positive things happening in our country, but it is not going to work. Even if the President does not get the TV press with his speech the jobs plan details will come out. When I hear the Republican's and the Tea Party message it sure makes me wonder what they believe that help the American people. All I hear is what they are against. Regardless of the numbers that are shown companies are hiring and people are getting jobs, but at the sametime this is happening others are loosing due to sad things like Hurricanes, Fire's, Flooding or not being educated enough to fill the open positions.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  9. Joel

    DOA already! The GOP has stated time and time again they want President Obama to FAIL. They have done everything they can to do that! The GOP has proven they are willing to have the American people fail as well(debt ceiling debate in point). What has the GOP done for jobs(what they ran on) since voted in the house? Nothing but argue.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  10. Maasie

    Excuses, excuses....most of this country don't even consider him a Black man, they consiider him a politician first and foremost. And right now all politicians are in a very bad spot. The race card argument is worn out.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  11. Rob Daugherty

    No, not to the american people, who I think would rather hear the current president of the U.S give his plan now, than watch a bunch of hopefuls fantasise and pontificate about what they might do IF they win the election fourteen months out.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  12. Gary

    What is this Barack Obama 4.0 or 7.0? Over three years in office and he now has a plan to create jobs, what took him so long? He needs to be a one-term president, we can't afford to have four-more years of malaise, incompetence, etc., etc.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  13. TG Russell

    Government does not create private sector jobs. Government creates conditions either favorable or unfavorable to job creation. Businesses with products or services people want to buy create jobs. Until our governments, federal, state and local, create favorable conditions (e.g. lower tax rates), job growth will be sluggish. Social engineering seems to be the interest of government these days.

    Tom Russell
    Johns Creek, GA

    September 1, 2011 at 7:20 am |
    • Maasie

      Spot on and well said!

      September 1, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Joel

      Following that logic GE should be hiring like crazy since they paid no taxes last year...

      September 1, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  14. bob

    yes, it will always be dead as jobs cannot be created! you have to have a reason to hire somebody. making a job out of thin air is stupidity. why would anyone hire, even with tax breaks if there is no need for more help. there are no jobs out there and never will be again until we start manufacturing again. the stupid jobs like restaurant, big box stores, banks, hotels etc. are not the type of jobs to move the economy. all these places are selling or using goods mostly from mexico and china. this is a false economy which may be explained as ; a person opens a store, stocks it using his own money, then buys his own items and tells everyone he's making money because he's selling his stuff. this is exactly what the stimulous crap did. we need manufacturing!!! PERIOD!!! bob

    September 1, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  15. peter b

    Yes. The Republicans in congress will put politics above the good of the nation. They did it on th debt ceiling and they will do it again,

    September 1, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  16. Philip King

    The President's plan has no chance of passing because the Tea Party and Republicans are truly the party of NO! They held the country hostage during the debt ceiling fight and do not care for Americans; only Rich Americans.
    It is the fault of those who voted these clowns into office last year. We must vote them out next year, and put America on a more fair and compassionate path that will benefit all.
    Put Americans back to Work! Now!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  17. Russ Larson

    Republicans are up this morning but not watching your show. I happened to flip through your station on the way to c-span and heard Ali taking a shot at republicans to "wake up". Your misinformation Ali ,Like when you said the government would defalt if it did not borrow more money, is why anyone who is serious about their news simply does not watch your channel.The United States would not defalt on it's debt if it did not borrow more money, however it would have some very serious decisions to make regarding programs. Now, once again, those decisions have been kicked down the road and new debt and interest have been given to my children.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  18. Tyler

    I may be 13 but i know there is a problem.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  19. joe

    Its not DOA, it was dead 2 1/2 years ago when we spent $867 Billion on these same failed ideas ..the 'Shovel Ready ' make work jobs never materialized... Government cannot create long term jobs, only the private sector can..Unless Obama realizes that, he is about to be among the 9.2 % unemployed!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  20. Doug Poad

    For two years, the Democrats controlled the White House, Senate, AND House. Now, all of a sudden, the Republicans are the ones who are standing in the way of fixing the economy and creating jobs? This doesn't add up to me.. and is why the Democrats got their butts kicked in the mid-terms. Both parties are spending more time scapegoating the other party about blocking action instead of actually doing things that will help.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  21. jim

    President Obama's staff apparently is not all that swift. They probably did not even notice that the repubs were having a debate, but they should have. Delaying the speech one more day is obviously the best course, but they should avoided the obvious political blunder of scheduling against one of their debates to begin with....What happened to the Obama team that ran circles around Hillary and McCain in the 2008 election cycle?

    September 1, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  22. celinda o

    Any thing President Obama does is DOA . As long as president Obama remains a Black man in the White House, he will contiinue to be persued by the modern day lynch mob of the US congress. My question is when will they reveal their hoods and torches.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:10 am |