“President Obama challenged Republican lawmakers Thursday to pass his jobs package and deny him a key plank in his campaign platform: running against a ‘do-nothing Congress,’” The Hill writes.
The New York Times on Obama’s news conference yesterday: “In perhaps his most sober remarks about the economy this year, President Obama on Thursday described the weakening economy as ‘an emergency” and made the case for his jobs bill as “an insurance policy against a possible double-dip recession.’”
“House Speaker John Boehner yesterday ripped President Obama for ‘throwing in the towel’ on fixing the economy and spending all his time campaigning,” the New York Post reports. Boehner said, “Nothing has disappointed me more than what’s happened over the last five weeks, to watch the president of the United States give up on governing, give up on leading, and spend full time campaigning. All year, I’ve reached out to the president. Yet the president, some 14 months before the election, throws in the towel ... We’re legislating; he’s campaigning.”