Obama's Weekly Address: Middle Class Is Priority One

The president discusses the positive news from the latest economic indicators.
3:37 | 03/09/13

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Transcript for Obama's Weekly Address: Middle Class Is Priority One
Hi everybody. As I said before my top priority as president is making sure we do everything we can to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth. -- thriving middle class. Yesterday we received some welcome news on that front we learned that our businesses added nearly 250000. New jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to seven point 7%. Still too high but now lower than it was when I took office. Our businesses have created jobs every month for three years straight. Nearly six point four million new jobs and all. Our manufacturers are bringing jobs back to America. Our stock market has rebounded. New homes are being built and sold at a faster pace. And we need to do everything we can to keep that momentum going. That means asking -- three questions every day. How do we make America a magnet for new jobs. How to -- equip more -- -- people with the skills those jobs require. And how do we make sure that your hard work leads to a decently. That has to be are driving focus our north star. And at a time when our businesses are gaining a little more traction the last thing we should do is allow Washington politics to get in the way. You deserve better than the same political gridlock and refusal to compromise that is too often passed for serious debate over the last few years. That's why I've been reaching out to Republicans and Democrats to see if we can untangle some of the gridlock. Earlier this week for example I met with some Republican senators to see if their work smarter ways to grow our economy and reduce our deficits. An arbitrary cuts in the so called sequester that recently went into place. We had an open and honest conversation about critical issues like immigration reform and gun violence and other areas where we can work together to move this country for. -- next week don't -- both the democratic and Republican Party meetings in the capital to continue those discussions. The fact is America as a nation of different beliefs and different points of view. That's part of what makes a strong and frankly makes our democratic debates. Sometimes messy and a lot of times pretty frustrating. But ultimately what makes a special is when we summon the ability to see past those differences. And come together around the belief that what binds us together -- always be more powerful than what drives us apart. As Democrats and Republicans we may disagree on the best way to achieve our goals but I'm confident we can agree on what those goals should be. A strong and vibrant middle class and economy that allow businesses to grow and thrive. An education system that gives more Americans the skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future. An immigration system that actually works for families and businesses. Stronger communities. And safer streets virtual. Making progress on these issues won't be. In the months ahead there will be more contentious debate and honest disagreement between principled people who want what's best for this country. But I still believe the compromise is possible. I still believe we can come together to do big things and I know there are leaders on the other side of the aisle who share that belief. It's all keep fighting to solve the real challenges facing middle class families and all enlist anyone who's willing to help. That's what this country needs right now and that's where you deserve. Thanks so much.

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