I think The President should not have gone over to the US Chamber of Commerce to try and get them to help in creating jobs here in America. Oh I know it’s called the United States Chamber of Commerce, but their vested interest is making its member corporations happy, not in America’s unemployed.
If that means outsourcing valuable American jobs to save the corporations’ “bottom line” so that their executives can continue to receive unprecedented amounts in bonuses, then hey, that’s what The Chamber does.
No amount of personality or concessions in the form of deregulation will change these people’s’ minds. The President should have by-passed this group. The same group, by the way, who spent hundreds of millions on defeating the Democrats in the last election.
The good news for President Obama: The Chamber of Commerce broke into applause twice during his speech Monday morning to welcome his ideas.
The bad news: They clapped just twice, in a 35-minute address.
Obama himself acknowledged early on that he doesn’t have the best relationship with the Chamber. (“Maybe if we had brought over a fruit cake when we first moved in, we would have got off to a better start,” he joked.)
The first applause line came halfway through Obama’s remarks, as he spoke of opening up new markets and selling more American goods in other countries.
“I’ll go anywhere to be a booster for American businesses, American workers and American products,” Obama said, to which the audience broke into applause. Then, in an ad-libbed moment, Obama remarked, “And I don’t charge a commission.”
The only other applause for Obama came at the end, when Obama once again hit the right note in calling for bringing jobs back the United States.
“That’s good for everybody,” he said. “So if I’ve got a message, that message is: ‘Now’s the time to invest in America.’ ” As the audience applauded, Obama repeated, “Now’s the time to invest in America.”
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- You: Obama a business booster in Chamber of Commerce speech (latimes.com)
- Obama tries mending profitable fences with Chamber of Commerce (shortformblog.com)
- SFgate.com Obama, Chamber of Commerce meeting closely watched (sfgate.com)
- The Caucus: In Speech to Chamber, Obama Urges Business to “Get in the Game” (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)