President Obama Arrives In North Texas; Pushes Jobs Bill

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President Barack Obama walks from Air Force One after arriving at Dallas Love Field on October 4, 2011. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – President Barack Obama has arrived in North Texas. Air Force One landed at Dallas Love Field just after 11 a.m. The president was greeted on the airport runway by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Former Dallas Mayor and current Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk made the trip with the president.

After chatting with the city ad state leaders President Obama trotted over to a group of well-wishers who’d been waiting at Love Field for hours. Mr. Obama shook the hands of dozens of supporters and signed a few personal items. The presidential motorcade left the airport headed for the downtown Sheraton hotel where a lunchtime fundraiser will be held.

Later Tuesday afternoon Mr. Obama will appear at a community college in Mesquite to tout aspects of his jobs bill.

Before leaving Washington President Obama singled out and criticized House Republican leader Eric Cantor for declaring that the president’s entire $447 billion jobs bill will not get a vote in the House.

“I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in,” Obama says in remarks prepared for delivery in Texas Tuesday.

Obama’s remarks come a day after Cantor said Obama’s jobs plan contained elements that Republicans could support. “This all or nothing approach is unreasonable,” Cantor said.

Obama is stepping up the campaign for his jobs bills, sharpening his strategy to blame Republicans if his bill, or at least significant portions of it, don’t pass by the end of the year. Three weeks after sending the legislation to Congress, the full proposal has encountered resistance from Republicans and even from some Democrats.

Republicans have identified pieces of the legislation they could support, including a payroll tax cut for workers and employers. In a letter to GOP members late month, they also listed other tax relief in the president’s proposal that they would be prepared to endorse. And in a letter Monday to Obama, House GOP leaders said they were willing to look for common ground and called on the president to support their efforts to ease regulations on businesses.

Here’s the President’s full comments during Tuesday’s Democratic National Committee fundraising event at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas: 

White House spokesman Jay Carney, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Dallas, said Republicans should specify what in the president’s bill they oppose.

“Say so. Vote accordingly,” Carney said. “But don’t hide behind letters you’ve sent to the president. Tell us where you stand.”

Obama has become increasingly forceful in singling out Republican opposition to his bill.

Several of the president’s trips have taken him to the backyards of his Republican rivals, most notably a speech he gave last month in front of a bridge linking Ohio and Kentucky, the home states of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He also spoke in Cantor’s district in Richmond, Va.

Tuesday’s trip continued that trend, taking Obama to Mesquite — not only to the district of Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Republican co-chair of the congressional super-committee on deficit reduction, but also the home state of Gov. Rick Perry, one of the top Republican presidential candidates.

Still, the president’s plan has also encountered opposition within his own party, especially his proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy and on corporations to pay for jobs program.

His package would reduce payroll taxes on workers and employers, extend benefits to long-term unemployed people, spend money on public works projects and help states and local governments keep teachers, police officers and firefighters on the job. He would pay for the plan with tax increases on wealthier Americans and by closing corporate tax loopholes.

With Congress willing to consider only pieces of the administration’s bill, the White House is making a concerted effort to highlight the individual components of the president’s measure, not just sell it as a full package.

On Tuesday, the focus was on selling the bill’s education proposals. The White House says the measure would prevent the layoff of up to 280,000 teachers across the country while also allowing states to hire back tens of thousands more. The administration also says new spending would go toward modernizing at least 35,000 public schools and community colleges.

Referring to a teacher from the Dallas suburbs, Obama, according to excerpts released by the White House ahead of his remarks, says: “Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn’t deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back.”

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Mike George

    Now i know there have been no Chemtrails in the sky the past few days

  • Mark Farley

    Your reporter at Love Field needs an English lesson. The word ‘contingency’ (which is what he used) does not mean the same as the word ‘contingent’. A contingency is an event or condition that might occur, while a contingent (as he must have meant it) is a representative group as part of an assemblage. Please consider giving your reporters an English vocabulary test from time to time, in order to ensure that they know what they’re saying.

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  • Look a little closer, it is scary

    “I want more teachers working”……means, I need more members in the teachers union who will take the tax payers money, mostly provided by Republicans who work, and put it into democratic reelection campaigns. NEXT: This spending will modernize 35,000 schools……..means, I need more union construction workers OR more workers paid excessively through the Davis Bacon Act that will contibute to democrats reeelction campaignes. NEXT, some in his own party are against taxing the wealty and against having corperations pick up the tab for the jobs program…….means, not all democrats are as closed minded as the annointed one.

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  • Hoo

    Give me a break. The Rangers are playing. That’s news. This is drivel.

  • Rick McDaniel


    Not talking jobs, but rather is campaigning.

    Fund raising is his main thrust, in all of his travels.

    He is using our tax dollars to do his campaigning and his fundraising.

    He is not honest, nor sincere, and he is destroying America, from within.

  • DDT

    You had over a trillion dollars at your disposal for your “shovel ready jobs”, etc., sir. America is tired of your daily BS and lip service. We want someone who has a f–king clue.

  • Elmer

    The secret service shut down 600 construction jobs at Love Field today so that Obama could raise money. What about the 600 who lost their jobs and pay for a day?

  • Toadie

    I can’t believe I voted for that asshat.

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  • NiteNurse

    Do you think Perry invited Obama up to his deer lease?

  • RussP

    Let’s see, America has 14 million people unemployed; 40 million immigrants (12 to 20 million illegal) and soaring healthcare costs. Seems a sensible immigration policy and control of our southern border could be both his jobs and health care programs.

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