The president held a campaign-style event in Richmond, Va., on Friday to sell his American Jobs Act as a much-needed shot in the arm for a still struggling economy. Calling himself "an eternal optimist," Obama said he still believes Congress can come together around a plan like the one he's proposed.
As President Obama proposes more infrastructure spending to create jobs, the earlier stimulus offers lessons of what worked, and what didn't, for temporary construction jobs. In some cases, the 2009 stimulus didn't create new jobs, an expert says.
While President Obama's speech Thursday night focused on jobs, the president also touched on homeownership. The president talked about helping people refinance mortgages, in turn putting more money in families' pockets. Robert Siegel speaks with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan about what the president has in mind.
Economists have been looking over the $447 billion job-creation package President Obama proposed to Congress Thursday night. Some say the president's proposal will boost growth significantly, but others have their doubts.
The Barbershop guys join host Michel Martin to discuss the new jobs plan that President Obama presented to Congress Thursday. They also talk about what U.S. officials call a "credible" potential terrorist threat, coinciding with the Sept. 11 anniversary; and the GOP debate Wednesday.
President Obama presented his jobs plan to Congress Thursday evening. It proposes tax cuts to businesses that hire new employees, reforms to the unemployment insurance system and investments in schools and infrastructure. Host Michel Martin discusses the plan with National Urban League President Marc Morial and small business owner Andy Shallal.
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