Obama Sticks to Theme: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

President says jobs report hopeful, but not good enough
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2011 11:02 AM CDT
President Obama speaks to members of the media during a Cabinet meeting on Aug. 3.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama stayed on the jobs message today: He said he's happy that the unemployment rate ticked downward, but that it's nowhere near good enough. The country needs to create far more jobs per month to make up for the 8 million lost during the recession, and he wants "to move quickly on things that will help," such as extending the payroll tax credit and putting construction workers to work on infrastructure projects, reports AP.

Those things shouldn't worry deficit hawks, he added. "The more we grow, the easier it will be to reduce our deficits." The president spoke at Washington's Navy Yard, where he pushed an initiative to give businesses tax credits for hiring out-of-work vets. "We are going to get through this," he said. "Things will get better." (As for that jobs message: The Huffington Post notes that we've heard it before. A lot. Click to see a video montage.)

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