President Barack Obama Thursday challenged Republicans to halt a “political circus” and immediately pass a bigger than expected $447 billion jobs plan he said would jolt the “stalled” economy.
Obama, seeking to restore public trust in his economic management and take aim at 9.1 percent unemployment which has derailed the recovery and threatens his reelection bid, unveiled the plan at a joint address to Congress.
“The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities, the question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours,” Obama said.
“The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy.”
Watch the full speech below.
This video is from the White House, broadcast Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.