Reaction to President Obama's job speech
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 03:53:24 GMT —
Political pundits are already judging President Barack Obama's speech on jobs and so are many of you. Obama's plan comes on the heels of sagging approval ratings for himself and Congress. Coupled with high unemployment and no new jobs created last month.
For about 45 minutes, President Obama talked about the imminent need to pass his plan for job creation.
On our Facebook page, we asked what your thoughts were with more than 80 people responding. Some agreed with what he had to say while the speech simply fell on deaf ears for many others.
Shirley Medlin wrote, "That was a campaign speech if ever I heard one. He is working at getting re-elected. Sorry, not impressed."
John Fisher said, "Two letters for you. BS."
Renee Ross Pratta added, "Republicans will never allow this President to succeed just as I see in the previous comments. Sad this Country. Political parties trying to show they are better even though it was said that BOTH parties had agreed to many points of the plan. We are quickly slipping to becoming a third world country."
Adam Hood said, "This is the Barack Obama I've been waiting over two years to see. I want to read the text of this bill. But, if the rhetoric checks out, I hope to God that it gets passed."
Dr. Holley Tankersley is an associate dean and Political Science professor at Coastal Carolina University. She said polls show most Americans just want to see compromise.
"They don't like this constant combat and that's great that's all well in good that it comes out in the survey that way. However unless voters express that at the polling place, the ultimate public opinion survey, politicians have very little reason to respond to it." She continued, "When people get frustrated they have extreme reactions to things. they either want hard right or hard left and that makes our political problems worse and i think you have a lot of voters at this point who are simply at this point disaffected."
Add to that perception that the President has a lot of power over domestic issues. Dr. Tankersley said a President can get too much blame or credit for how the economy fares under their tenure. "Economic growth and economic health are cyclical in a nature they are dependent upon a whole host of factors presidents really have very little direct bearing on economic growth they can't do that much. they are hamstrung by independent commissions like the federal reserve and they hamstrung by the congress."
It's no question the political atmosphere is tense right now, but it's not the first time. Dr. Tankersley said the closest example of a President battling with Congress to this degree was when President Roosevelt worked to pass the New Deal programs.
"There was a real battle there and it went on for many many months and even stretched into multiple years. Of course we don't remember that it's not fresh in our memory," she explained.
Given the combative political climate, do you think President Obama's job creation plan will be passed?