President Barack Obama’s jobs plan drew familiar partisan responses Thursday from Congress: Republicans criticized his initiatives while Democrats embraced them.
Throughout Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, Democrats leaped from their seats and applauded the president’s plans, while Republicans sat. The response made it clear his initiatives face a tough road ahead in Congress.
There was, however, agreement on the nature of the economy’s problem, and even some general consensus that it’s worth cutting taxes and perhaps even extending jobless benefits.
Virtually everyone on Capitol Hill agreed that Congress and the White House need to craft some kind of job-creating program aimed at bringing down the nation’s 9.1 percent August unemployment rate.
Republicans joined Democrats in giving Obama a standing ovation six different times — most enthusiastically when the president reminded them that the election is 14 months away, and “the people who sent us here … they don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months” for economic help.