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Barack Obama, Sept. 8, 2011

"Pass this jobs plan right away"

Faced with the greatest challenge of his presidency, Barack Obama delivered a forceful case for his plan to spark jobs growth. Gone was Obama's usual use of soaring rhetoric and allegory. He demanded six times that lawmakers act “right away” on his plan, which would spend $447 billion to rebuild roads and bridges, keep teachers working, and cut payroll taxes. Opposition will be stiff -- much of the speech was met with outright giggling among Republicans. Still, with unemployment hovering above 9%, Obama argued "the people who hired us to work for them don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months" to see Democrats and Republics sort out their differences at the ballot box.
Photographer: Pool
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