Obama Tries To Reassure Public On Economy, Jobs

President Barack Obama is reassuring the public that jobs and the economy are his top priority.

At the end of a historic and emotionally charged week that began with his nationally televised announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan during a raid by U.S. special forces, Obama on Saturday returned to promoting his energy agenda.

U.S. forces raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden had lived for several years, killing the al-Qaida leader.

The news of bin Laden's demise dominated the week's headlines.

"So although our economy hasn't been the focus of the news this week, not a day goes by that I'm not focused on your jobs, your hopes and your dreams," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

He recorded the address Friday while visiting an Indianapolis transmissions plant that makes systems for hybrid vehicles.

Obama has been traveling around the country to talk up his plan to reduce U.S. consumption of foreign oil — and the price Americans pay for it — by increasing domestic oil production, encouraging a shift to alternative energy sources and building vehicles that use less fuel.

He says shifting to jobs like those at the Indianapolis factory will create more jobs and help the economy grow.

"The clean energy jobs at this plant are the jobs of the future, jobs that pay well right here in America," Obama said. "It's clean energy companies like this one that will keep our economy growing, create new jobs and make sure America remains the most prosperous nation in the world."

Republicans devoted their weekly message to bin Laden.

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown praised years of diligent work by the military and by intelligence professionals to pinpoint bin Laden's location. The al-Qaida leader's death, Brown said, sends a clear message to others like bin Laden.

"The example will not be lost on other terrorists," Brown said. "Any escape they make will be temporary. Any sanctuary they find will be uncovered. Those who harm or threaten the American people will be dealt with, on our terms, however long it takes."

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  • by Morris Location: NC on May 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    Detroit a city once known as the manufacturing capital of the world! Is now known for poverty, corruption, bankruptcy, abandoned houses, gang violence, crime , and half its population unable to read! Congratulations Democrats! If Obama does not get reelected in 2012. Maybe he should be a community organizer there! If Obama cares?
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    What ever happen to the strange Donald Trump fella? He was the Republicans "Knight in shinning armor" less than a month ago. Trump/Palin 2012!!Sec of State Glenn Beck.
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 05:18 PM in reply to
      If they were waiting for their ship to come in, it just sunk!!!
  • by P.T. Barnum on May 10, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    How many jobs has the GOP honored us with since taking office? Before the Nov. elections they were asking "Where are the Jobs?" now I ask you, where are the jobs you promised with the Tax Breaks for the wealthy?
  • by Steve on May 8, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    Best thing this president has done was to "wake up a sleeping giant". Can not wait for nest election.
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      by Lavon on May 9, 2011 at 03:52 AM in reply to Steve
      There are no sleeping giants in the Republican Party, fact is there's actually no one in the Republican Party
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to Lavon
        Thats OK lavon, we don't have any in the DNC, two years proves it....
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      by Betty on May 10, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to Steve
      Would that be the same sleeping giant that Sarah Palin woke up and now being recalled daily? Sarah who????? Another dollar chasing ego swollen fool bites the dust, but not before getting rich off gullible idiots.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 11, 2011 at 05:15 AM in reply to Betty
        So by attacking you think you are justifying your mistake?
  • by Charles Location: Greenville on May 8, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    This must be the 100th time "Dumbo" has tried to reassure us that jobs are coming. How come it took Reagan only 20 months to produce positive results.
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 8, 2011 at 05:32 PM
    Osama has now become Usama on the news.when will Obama become Ubama? lol lol lol OH! by the way a graphics expert has examined the so called original birth certificate and said it's a fake with 10 layers of ink.He point's out all the way's you can tell that it's fake.it's on a video with the graphic artist credentials.
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      by voter on May 8, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to pete
      this is the telling video you have made reference to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s9StxsFllY
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      by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 12:31 AM in reply to pete
      Pete, were you one of the crack experts that Donald Trump sent to Hawaii? He wants a refund back, don't cash that check..
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      by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM in reply to pete
      That graphics expert needs to prove it's fake. His word alone isn't enough. As multiple people have stated it is indeed, completely real. But what does it matter? His originial short form birth certificate was all he needed to end the issue and that didn't stop the stupidity from this batch of insane, racist, fear-mongers, so I'm sure this wont help either.
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      by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 02:58 PM in reply to pete
      Birther Pete, go stand in line with Trump, what size straight jacket will you be needing?
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    those who voted for Obama just enjoy not working
  • by All Hail Obama on May 8, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    He continues to pull us out of the Republican mess we are in. Now that he can take credit for getting Osama, things are really going to turn around. Gas prices are about to plummet and the economy is about to take off at an incredible pace. Good try Tea Party, but you haven't fooled enough people. Your days are numbered.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Oil Co on May 8, 2011 at 03:11 PM in reply to All Hail Obama
      Did you even take a minute to read this story line above?.....2 in 10 do not have a job....do you know what that meanes?......What planet are you on, Uranus? Pluto? Venus?
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        by Anonymous on May 8, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Oil Co
        Yeah, if only George W. Bush didn't ruin the economy before the end of his term in office, leaving Obama with 7.5% unemployment (and rapidly dropping) and an annual budget already over a trillion dollars in the red. Also, Obama's hands were tied in terms of dealing with the recession since Bush had already bottomed out tax rates and interest rates. When you actually look at the facts, Obama has done one heck of a job.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 9, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to
          Is that the new party line? Seems like the old one, blame Bush for anything Obama does. Yeah, when you look at the facts, you realize the DNC has really lost their minds. Everything is accountable and you will see it all come back to you next year. Ever bill Obama signed, will lead to his undoing.
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        by Slick Willy on May 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Oil Co
        If by 2 in 10, you mean 1 in 5, and if by that you mean unemployment is at 20%, which would be woefully incorrect on the national scale, and also horribly incorrect on the state level. That begs the question be asked; what planet are you on? As none of your numbers match reality. So it seems you would be the one who isn't in the here and now on planet Earth.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 9, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to Slick Willy
          The number factors in unemployed, unpaid....the ones the national figure doesn't include....it also says that less than 50% of Americans pay taxes now...but you won't see that on the federal web site either...Are you one of those hope and change people?
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        by to osoc on May 9, 2011 at 03:03 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Oil Co
        Ha Ha Ha (on the floor laughing again) I think your Tin Foil hat has lead in it also. He's definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 11, 2011 at 05:12 AM in reply to to osoc
          Thanks for reverting to name calling and playground comments...it only proves I posted the facts....you gotta hate that.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on May 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    I voted for Obama because Republicans stink!
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      by Anonymous on May 8, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to Lavon
      That because they work hard for a living so you dont have too.
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      by Anonymous on May 8, 2011 at 07:20 PM in reply to Lavon
      DNC=Dependant Not Contributing.
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      by anon on May 8, 2011 at 08:18 PM in reply to Lavon
      Plus,, they speak english. They also lack the ability to shuck and jive properly.
  • by Reagan on May 8, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    REPUBLICANS: We work hard...so you don't have to.
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