President Obama will be announcing a plan to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs, even as the economy recovers from recession. This plan is a part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address. According to reports, President Obama has vowed to address the gap between rich and poor in America and has said he will do what he can even without help from a deeply divided Congress.
Of those that are considered “poor,” are the people who are unemployed. Benefits for 1.5 million Americans expired at the end of 2013 and the Senate failed in mid-January to agree on a plan to renew the benefits. Obama promised earlier this month that he would bring a group of chief executive officers to the White House to persuade them to hire more people from the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
President Obama’s senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said this weekend in an email, “With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve.” If Congress doesn’t act, the president will,” Pfeiffer told Fox News Sunday.
Pfeiffer continued, “President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American… in the project to restore opportunity for all,” he also wrote in the letter.”
“We’re going to try to work with CEOs to make a pledge that we’re going to take a second look at these Americans who are very eager to get back to work and have the capacity to do so, but aren’t getting the kind of shot that they need,” Obama said on Jan. 14 before a meeting with his cabinet.
The unemployment rate is now at 6.7 percent in America and President Obama’s senior adviser has said that they inherited a country in a deep recession in 2009 and have been trying to climb out of it ever since. I’m elated that President Obama is doing everything he can to be here for the people. Here’s hoping he doesn’t have to go above Congress’ heads, but like Pfeiffer said, if Congress doesn’t act, the president will.
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The Stars Align & Reveal What They Love About President Obama
1. Debra Lee
"My favorite thing about the President is his commitment to people and the world [and] his ability to listen; the fact that he's smart and he has smart people around him; the way he empathizes with people. The way he handled the Newtown situation was just really incredible, and he's done that with all the issues that have come along during his first term. I'm looking forward to him being more comfortable going around and knowing the politics and accomplishing a lot more."
2. Tatyana Ali
"He smells good." [laughs] "The thing that I love about him, is his humility. He's really a humble man and he's a servant and that's not hype. He's here to be of service and I love that from a leader."
3. Ben Jealous-NAACP President
"He's cool. He has poise and swagger. He has cleaned his opponent two times in a row, and that's the best thing a president can do."
4. Boris Kodjoe
"I just like his leadership and swag. He's so aware of what the world needs. He's selfless. He has integrity, pride and commitment."
5. Mikki Taylor
"I think the most amazing thing about President Obama is he is his most authentic self and very much like the First Lady. He means what he says and he says what he means. He's not impacted by the impression of others. He says with great affirmation, 'We, the people.' That is what swells my heart with great joy."
6. Wilmer Valderamma
"He's one of the first presidents since Bill Clinton that we've been able to feel he's with us, right next to us. He feels like a neighbor to us. I respect his commitment to his agenda and looking forward to seeing a more aggressive Obama in the next four years and taking the knowledge and experience he's had in the last four years and implementing it with a sense of urgency. I hope he immediately attacks the immigration reform, which is what the Latin community really needs--to see the president is confident and the same time, honor the people who helped vote him in. Gay and lesbian rights is very important and and most importantly unite all cultures. I'm excited because he's a defining president and it feels like he's found a groove."
7. Wayne Brady
"Not only is he the leader of the free world--and this isn't because of race--he's the coolest president next to Bill Clinton, that we've ever had. When it's time to be stern, he does the 'president' thing. But then who busts out and sings, 'I'm so in love with you...' If he's not the coolest president, just for that? He gives orders to our nation's fleets and busts out Al Green. He wins."
8. Gabrielle Union
"Is it weird to say that he's black? All the things I'm thinking of, I so can't say!" [laughs] "You can see that he loves his wife and he loves his daughters. He's raising these two dope, beautiful, funny black women to be strong, fly and independent."
9. MC Lyte
"He remains calm in situations where it's most likely that others would be more revved up. Out of that calmness, we're able to see his vulnerability."
10. Kenny Lattimore
"I have a song called 'Built For Last,' and it speaks about the heart of a man I believe as a great leader, when I look at this man and the tenacity and he stands so confident, in spite of every obstacle and things that are thrown at him--it's an amazing characteristic. It's the reason we confide in him."
11. Judge Mathis
"His swag. He got it from me. I knew him from Chicago and we used to hang a little together. He saw my walk, and now he's president and I see him walking like me." [laughs]
12. Shaun Robinson
"I just think that he's a great role model. He's an honest man and he wants the best for everyone. I love the way he looks at his wife, Michelle. Every woman looks at him and how he looks at Michelle, like, 'Oh my God! That's so amazing!'"