Obama’s Jobs Speech Prompted Some Reactions From Republicans


As you may have heard, President Obama got up in front of Congress on Thursday night and semi-nicely asked its members to pass his newly proposed American Jobs Act “right away.” His opponents wasted no time in sharing their thoughts with the public:

Still high on his petty scheduling victory, John Boehner allowed that the plan “merits consideration”: “It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”

Michele Bachmann went a little rogue and offered an “unsanctioned” televised rebuttal in which she took issue with the president’s use of the phrase “political circus”: “It was interesting to me that if you look at the president’s remarks, almost out of the gate, the president began by insulting members of Congress … He invited them to be a part of this address this evening … And yet he began with an insult — for a circus tent.”

Rick Perry was somehow not convinced: “President Obama’s call for nearly a half-trillion dollars in more government stimulus when America has more than $14 trillion in debt is guided by his mistaken belief that we can spend our way to prosperity.”

Mitt Romney showed off his edgy side: The usually straitlaced former Massachusetts governor used the evening as an excuse to release some cool video art.

Newt Gingrich was pedantic: “[He] had more of a procedural issue with Obama’s speech, in which the president repeatedly called on Congress to approve his American Jobs Act: “I checked with Speaker Boehner’s office. There is no bill.’”

Jon Huntsman stuck to Twitter: “@BarackObama’s tired rhetoric & failed policies haven’t worked. My plan will actually create jobs. Join us.”

Meanwhile, Herman Cain kept his statement to a Twitter-friendly length: “We waited 30 months for this?”

And David Vitter? No miracle occurred, and he did not, in fact, make his football game.

After jobs speech, GOP candidates jump on Obama [Politico]
Despite Talk of Taming Partisanship, a Show of It for President’s Remarks [NYT]