Employment is 2.4 million , or 2%, lower than when Obama took office and the unemployment rate, at 9.1%, is higher. Obama has woken up to the urgency of unemployment, primarily his own in 2012. Obama has found his inner urgency:
In his speech to Congress on Thursday night, President Barack Obama used plenty of repetition to get his point across. He employed the word "job" 45 times, in the context of the American Jobs Act, millions who are jobless, creating more jobs, etc. The word "tax" was heard 28 times, paired with words like "cut," "code" and "loophole."
"Pass this jobs bill." Obama used that phrase or similar ones 16 times in his speech:
"I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. … You should pass this jobs plan right away. … Pass this jobs bill. Pass this jobs bill. … Pass this jobs bill. … You should pass it right away. Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America. … You should pass it right away. … Pass this jobs bill. … Pass this bill. … Pass this jobs bill. … Pass this bill. … Pass this jobs bill. … Pass this jobs bill. … … You should pass this bill right away. … Regardless of the arguments we've had in the past, regardless of the arguments we'll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it." - Chicago Tribune