White House Says Obama More Focus On Improving Economy Than Re-election
16. August 2011
One of the cabinet members of United States president Barrack Obama said the president is more focus on improving the economy than keeping his current post in the forthcoming 2012 elections.
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said what matters most to Obama at the moment is to create jobs for the American people and cooperate with all sectors to improve the economy of their country. “The president is not focused on keeping his job, most of all. He’s focused on creating jobs for the American people,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs, who is now an adviser on the reelection bid of Obama said Republicans must decide whether they’re going to “swear allegiance to the tea party” or work with Democrats to create jobs. He said Congress should do its share in creating jobs for the country and not prolong the bleak economic condition of the United States.
He also suggested that some Republicans “do not want to see this economy get better” because they know continuing misery will likely improve their election prospects. Obama is the first African American to hold the office.
He previously served as a United States senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review.
He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act in December 2010.
Other domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act. In foreign policy, he gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered enforcement of the United Nations-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya, and issued a direct order to a small group of American military forces to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.