“President Obama has pledged not to rest until everyone looking for a job finds one. On Monday, he upped the ante on that promise, volunteering to help a woman find work for her unemployed husband,” the Washington Post writes. “Obama was answering questions from so-called ordinary Americans during an online chat that was broadcast on the Google+ Hangout social media site and YouTube when a woman named Jennifer Weddel, of Texas, told him that her husband, an engineer, had been unable to find a position in his chosen field for three years.”
More: “Obama appeared surprised, asking Weddel what kind of engineer her husband was. He noted that while work for civil engineers might have slowed during the recession, business leaders have told him that there is a shortage of specialized engineers--and therefore, ample job opportunities--in the high-tech field. ‘We should get his resume and forward it to the companies telling me they cannot find enough engineers in this field,’ Obama suggested.”
“Weddel cut him off to press again on the visa question, before telling Obama that her husband makes semi-conductors. ‘If you send me your husband’s resume, I’d be interested in finding out what is happening,’ Obama said. ‘That kind of engineer should be able to find something right away. . . . I will follow up on this.’”
The Republican National Committee and conservative news outlets seized on Obama’s choice of words – “interesting” – during this exchange, to attempt to portray Obama as being out of touch. "It is interesting to me -- and I meant what I said if your send me your husband's resume, I'd be interested in finding out exactly what's happening right there because the word that we're getting is that somebody in that type of high-tech field, that kind of engineer, should be able to find something right away.