Gibbs: State of the Union on economy

Jan. 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The majority of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech will be about the economy and jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

"This is a speech that will center around and the great majority of the speech will be on the steps that the president believes our country has to take to continue that economic recovery; steps that we need to take in the short term that relate to jobs and steps that we need to take in the medium and the long term to put our fiscal house in order and to increase our competitiveness and our innovation that allows us to create the jobs of tomorrow," Gibbs said during a news briefing at the White House.

Without providing much detail, Gibbs said "spending" and getting the country's "fiscal house in order" will be the president's main concern when he delivers his second State of the Union Tuesday.

"The task that he'll bring to the next two years is helping our economy continue to recover after the massive job loss and downturn of what happened as a result of the financial calamities that peaked in September of 2008. … I don't think the president spends a whole lot of time thinking through and worrying about sort of where he is in his presidency," Gibbs said.

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