President Obama, showing that he is in full reelection mode, sent an email to his supporters yesterday that he is “frustrated” with Congress for not focusing on what he thinks the American people need.
Today I asked for a joint session of Congress where I will lay out a clear plan to get Americans back to work.
Next week, I will deliver the details of the plan and call on lawmakers to pass it.
Whether they will do the job they were elected to do is ultimately up to them.
But both you and I can pressure them to do the right thing. We can send the message that the American people are playing by the rules and meeting their responsibilities—and it’s time for our leaders in Congress to meet theirs.
And we must hold them accountable if they don’t.
So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs:
No matter how things go in the weeks and months ahead, this will be an important challenge for our organization.
It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on.
I know that you’re frustrated by that. I am, too.
That’s why I’m putting forward a set of bipartisan proposals to help grow the economy and create jobs—that means strengthening our small businesses, giving needed breaks to middle-class families, while taking responsible steps to bring down our deficit.
I’m asking lawmakers to look past short-term politics and take action on that plan. But we’ve got to do this together.
I will deliver this message to Congress next week, but I’m asking you to stand alongside me today:
More to come,
Obama is probably even more frustrated today since his attempt at forcing Congress to allow him to address a joint session was rebuffed. He had not only requested that it take place on the same day as a Republican presidential debate but he also ignored protocol by not working out a date with the Speaker’s office before making a public announcement.
Normally a request by the president would be routinely granted. But while he claims this will be a major “jobs” speech, the fact that he sent the above email to supporters of his reelection campaign and it directs readers to his campaign website should raise concerns about whether this speech is really about how to put Americans back to work, or an opportunity to give a major campaign address disguised as a very important presidential address.
Republicans have a right to be suspicious of this request, based on the timing and the fact that it is likely to offer little if any new solutions to the unemployment problems that the country has been facing for the last few years. Plus, it is likely that Obama will lay most of the blame at the feet of Congress, meaning the Republican-controlled House, for not acting in our country’s best interests.
Many Americans are frustrated with Congress but not for the same reasons as the President. The last thing they want is for the GOP to cave in to Obama at such a critical juncture in our history.