Obama's Labor Day Address

Tyler Durden's picture

No video here: just audio - like his last "Irene is a national catastrophe" videoconference from the vacation. Soundbites include the following (via Bloomberg):


and the kicker:


Enjoy America: you are about to have many bore roads and bridges rebuilt.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation--Labor Day

Every day, hard-working men and women across America prove that, even in difficult times, our country is still home to the most creative, dynamic, and talented workers in the world. Generations of working people have built this country -- from our highways and skylines, to the goods and services driving us in the 21st century. On Labor Day and throughout the year, we celebrate our Nation's workers, and we commit to supporting their efforts in moving our economy forward.

The right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value. Since its beginnings in our country, organized labor has raised our living standards and built our middle class. It is the reason we have a minimum wage, weekends away from work to rest and spend time with family, and basic protections in our workplaces. Many Americans today are given opportunities because their parents and grandparents fought for these basic rights and values. The principles upheld by the honorable laborers of generations past and their unions continue to fuel the growth of our economy and a strong middle class.

This year has seen a vigorous fight to protect these rights and values, and on this Labor Day, we reaffirm that collective bargaining is a cornerstone of the American dream. From public employees -- including teachers, firefighters, police, and others who perform public services -- to workers in private industries, these men and women hold the power of our Nation in their hands.

In the last several years, we have pulled our country back from the brink, through a series of tough economic decisions. While we have come far, great challenges still face us. Many Americans are still struggling, and many are unemployed. My Administration is working tirelessly each day to promote policies that get Americans back to work. We will always strive to keep our fundamental promise that, in America, anyone who works hard and acts responsibly can provide a better future for their children. When we come together, there is no limit to what the American workforce can do.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 5, 2011, as Labor Day. I call upon all public officials and people of the United States to observe
this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the tremendous contributions of working Americans and their families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
lead salad's picture

This guy is such an empty suit....

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

and how much is gas going to be to drive on those roads?

redpill's picture

Let's rebuild the bridge to nowhere, I'm sure its unused pavement has potholes by now.

MarketTruth's picture

i'm just curious if ALL 57 States of America will get new roads? Since Obama has not, according to him, visited all 57 States during his race to be elected, just want to be sure all 57 get the attention they deserve.

Long-John-Silver's picture

You should listen carefully to that speech. He said that there would be two States he would not get a chance to go to. He actually claimed there were 59 States.

Sudden Debt's picture

Libia will become a American state and the North Pole.

Nothing new off course because Santa is already American.


Prometheus418's picture

My 6-yr was just claiming that he is the King of the North Pole this evening.  He's going to be pissed when he finds out he can only be governor now...

Taku's picture

It's the one to Hawaii that he really wants

Drag Racer's picture

without more bridges, where do you expect all the trolls they hired to live?

richard in norway's picture

have i missed something, only i thought there were 50 states. i know that DC and prueto rica want statehood and that there have been talk about califania spliting into a northern state and a southern state but that makes only 53, who are the others? somoa , guam? or irak, afhanistan? or the uk which is often described as the 51st state


or is this just an in joke


bewildered in norway

New_Meat's picture


"or is this just an in joke"

Our Dear President actually said it (there are many recordings, in this one !00:37 or so)


No, not an IN joke, would that it were, would that it were.

- Ned


richard in norway's picture



when bush junior came out with his dumbisms i thought it was clever tacktics, like man of tthe people stuff or hey look i'm as dumb as you. and the leftys trying to pull him down were playing into his hands


i don't think that applys in this case

Henry Hub's picture

Israel is the 51st state and I wish it were a joke!

Sudden Debt's picture

A bridge to Canada?.... WHY?!!??.....


SWRichmond's picture

Would anyone care to guess whether it will be union or non-union companies who get the contracts from the Infrastructure Bank?  Hint: Gibson Guitars.

New_Meat's picture

Hey SD: you assured all of us that Belgium was all OK!


- Ned

Sudden Debt's picture

HAHAHA! I'm pretty sure I never did that :)

We're fucked beyond belief! We're one of the smallest countries in the EU with the biggest pile of crap in our banks which come close tho the US banks in total.

When we go, it will be UNBELIEVEABLY BIG BOOM PATS!


Rodent Freikorps's picture

Q: What is orange and sleeps six?

A: A Caltrans truck.

Blano's picture

To go right next to the one that's already there from Detroit to Windsor.

No, I'm not kidding. 

SRV - ES339's picture

Asshats all... this bridge has been a barrier to trade and needed for years before President Obama was elected... but don't let those sticky facts get in the way of the Obama hate groupthink... have fun kids... don't forget, school tomorrow!

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

sorry, i don't fit that cateogry, i'm an asspole....

if the darn bridge is hinding trade, why not privately finace it and make it a toll bridge? now there is an interesting and novel idea....

Harb's picture

Hate to break it to you, but nearly every international trade agreement has failed.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Could I propose a Tunnel to Canada.

It Hides your foolishness, Cost more than you estimate and will be a great Tax Grab when you Toll it.

Is this all this Bloke has. ................ Gas from the belly

America .. you are being badly served. Not slightly but seriously... badly served.

If I was in a diner being slowly served by this man, I would ask for my Money back.

You really have to stop rubbing your balls while the commercials are on TV. It makes them aggrivated and does not shorten the ad break.

Pearls to Pigs ... really

mt paul's picture


that bridge

leeds to one  of my favorite places ...

no where...

where nothing 

is some thing

StychoKiller's picture

"Nowhere man, please listen...

You don't know what you're missin'..." -- The Beatles

tom a taxpayer's picture

Administration's top prioriy for roads and bridges is to build a bridge to Hawaii.

Sudden Debt's picture



And Russia is paying for it :)




I knew I read it somewhere :)



Cash-NonCash's picture

More BABs? Imagine the premiums for all that new paper... FI desk revenue here we go. Maybe we won't have to fire tens of thousands after all.

Thanks Obammer, you da'man!

CrashisOptimistic's picture

The asphalt is made of oil.  This won't be cheap.

And, of course, it must be paid for with other spending cuts.  No borrowing.  No tax increases.

Want to buy $5 billion of asphalt?  Cut $4 billion of Medicaid transfer payments to states.  Maybe also $1 billion in blue state military bases.  Then let's see if states want those roads fixed.

DosZap's picture

I think I need ... 

How much PER mile are we going to charged to drive over those roads,WE already paid for?

trav7777's picture

just realizing that now?  I mean it was clearly obvious in 08...the dude is totally fkin worthless.  He's had his water carried for his entire life by DWLs

redpill's picture

Read the transcript of Jimmy Hoffa Jr's remarks prior to Obama's speech and you'll see the groundwork for the coming war.

Blano's picture


And it's people like the Obamination, Hoffa and their ilk that cause me to no longer be interested in being "united" with a good portion of my fellow Americans anymore.  If they want to wage war on me, fine, but if al-Qaeda goes after them or hits them, don't come crying to me.  I'll just tell you to go fuck yourself.

Moe Howard's picture

Shouldn't he be looking for his dad? I saw a message for him, they want Hoffa to call his office.

brew's picture

hoffa, jr might get what he wants...cement shoes like his dad...

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture



oh, give me a fucking break.  Obama is black, so he had failed in your eyes before he even started. 

DaveyJones's picture

ironically, his handlers picked him so both ends of the spectrum would end up fighting over the colors and overlook the true darkness

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture



The one thing the Obama presidency has correctly demonstrated is that America is NOT ready for a black president.  Too many rednecks, hillbillies, confederate goons and lower brain stem conservatives who are too distracted by his skin color to have credible, productive conversations about the real problems in this country. 

Too many conversations about Hitler, Mao, Marx, socialism, communism, death panels, birth certificates, czars, 'he's a terrorist,' etc., etc., etc. America has been confronted with these exact same problems for decades, yet this ridiculous language was never used before. Can you only imagine if Obama had crafted the Patriot Act, and allowed the government to eavesdrop on your conversations?  Holy fuck!  Or if he had crafted TARP, or the bailout of GM and Chrysler, Freddie, Fannie, the backstop of Bear, etc.?  Or if 9/11 happened during his presidency? 

While it's a faux pas to outwardly call him a "nigger," the conservatives just equate him to the most loathsome political villians in history, instead.  How the hell can we make any progress when a large percentage of the population is too distracted with total nonsense?  Comatose conservative goons who haven't removed their asses from their Lazy Boy chairs since the 1970's are suddenly marching through city centers with signs that say "I Want my Country Back!" Back from what?  The same place it's been for all of modern history?  Most of those conservatives have no understanding of our banking system beyond what Rush and Glenn have told them.   

Just look at the debt ceiling debate.  The debt ceiling has been raised 77 times since the early 1970's, and 7 times during the Bush administration.  Suddenly, this one is a problem. And yet the bond market has absolutely NO ISSUES with our debt whatsoever - historic low rates, in fact.  I wonder why the conservatives are suddenly crying about this particular debt ceiling raise?  Maybe because it wouldn't look right for the Texas cowboy to drive America into the ditch, while the black Kenyan turns it around?  God forbid!  Let's say NO to everything, even to the point of national default! 

There's a really despicable, ugly underbelly in America and it's confirmed that America is NOT ready for a black president.  It's far too much of a distraction and its hindering our ability to move forward.  


Almost Solvent's picture

It's far too much of a distraction and its hindering our ability to move forward.  


Move forward to what?


The "american dream" spread to all corners of the petri dish or a return to sustainable living?


DaveyJones's picture

well said. It was that lecture from Nate Hagens I think, ex editor of the oil drum who pointed out that we are always pumping (pimping?) that the third world should aspire to our footprint. But given this ever shrinking petri dish, we probably have it backwards. Things are going to get a lot more crowded and a lot leaner faster than we know  

dougngen's picture

You sir are the racist, and an ignorant one to boot. Go back to your MSNBC blog or wherever marxists and socalists congregate... Like th DNC! 

Meridian's picture

Ha - ha there really are Obama apologists left and they aren't all huddled in the corner over at HuffPo. Yeah we're all racists, it's that simple; if only those hateful White people had embraced Obama's genius and brilliant policies everything would be fine.


PS Change your name, no Obama supporter is a Libertarian.

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture



Very strong rebuttals from the lower brain stem brigade.  It's difficult for you to debate when Rush and Glenn haven't pre-packaged your rebuttal for you, isn't it?

<throws a handful of extra savory Kibbles and Bits>


robertocarlos's picture

Denzal Washington or the POTUS from 24 would have been better choices. We wouldn't complain then. But this commie from Chicago has to go. A bridge would have been a better choice than Obama.

DaveInC.S.A's picture



Bottomline is he won the election because he said he was going to be different. He was going to end politics as usual in DC. All he's done is continue politcs as usual in DC and frankly has made it worse.