Obama’s Jobs Speech Prompted Some Reactions From Republicans

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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]