President Obama spoke this morning during an appearance at Georgetown Waterfront Park, bringing attention and support for his jobs plan known as the American Jobs Act. Most notably during his speech, the President mocked Congress for wasting precious time on resolutions about commemorative baseball coins and “reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto?'” making reference to last night’s House vote that passed with a vote of 369-9.
While President Obama’s larger point is sure to resonate with many unemployed, he presented his argument in a classic straw-man style, by saying “If Congress tells you that they don’t have time, they’ve got time to do it,” before citing the trivial congressional resolutions. Congressional opponents of the administration’s jobs bill aren’t not passing it because they are otherwise occupied, as Obama appears to suggest, they are opposing it, ostensibly, because they it see as a flawed bill. Proponents of the bill, however, would suggest that past bipartisan support for its components belies that notion.
Lest any right-of-center political pundits and media commentators mistake Obama’s comments as being opposed to trusting in God, the president quickly clarified his position on God trust by adding “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” So there’s that.
Watch the clip below and see for yourself, courtesy of C-SPAN:(H/T Business Insider Politics)
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