What a piece of work this guy is. This speech at the annual Congressional Black Caucus banquet is part pep talk, part revival meeting, and mostly a hectoring lecture.
In an impassioned speech to an awards banquet of the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama likened his efforts to win approval of his $447 billion jobs package to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and exhorted his audience to "march with me and press on."
Facing a tough 2012 re-election fight, Obama sought to shore up his once rock-solid base in the black community where polls show enthusiasm for his policies slipping while some politicians have started criticizing him for not focusing enough on disproportionately high black joblessness.
Obama, America's first black president and still a popular figure among black voters, acknowledged the frustration and appealed to his listeners to "keep the faith."
"I'm going to press on for jobs," Obama said to wild cheers. "Shake it off. Stop complaining. Stop grumbling. Stop crying. We are going to press on. We've got work to do."
Kind of reminds me of that "Get out of the way" line he made referencing Republicans.
He can "press" for jobs all he wants, but until he changes his policies, there won't be many. His audience is as clueless as he is about how jobs are really created so I'm sure the speech went over very well.
Even if he treats his most important allies like recalcitrant school children.