“In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs,” he said. “Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.”
The effect wasn’t lost on lawmakers.
“I think that the president was looking at this speech as a way to highlight some of his accomplishments,” Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said. “He was able to do that, he was able to project a good vision. He was contrasting his vision with that of some of his opponents.”
“Now, you can call this class warfare all you want,” he said. “But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.”
“I like what he says, creating jobs,” Republican Cravaack said. “Why didn’t he go with trying to create a type of energy independence he was calling for by getting oil from a country that is just to the North of us? These are serious problems that we need to address now.”