After some very public drama this past week about the logistics behind President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on jobs, White House aides are reportedly already trying to downplay the significance of what the president will be talking about Thursday night.
According to Fox News, word is privately spreading that Obama will not be presenting his entire jobs plan:
Aides say Thursday's speech will be part of a bigger plan the White House will roll out throughout the fall with the president hitting the road for speeches and town hall appearances. Aides have already confirmed that Obama will be traveling to California, Colorado, and Washington state for one three-day swing later this month that will include economic events as well as some fundraising.
The move could be a way to try and lower the stakes for Thursday's Joint Session appearance, but it could also be an attempt by the administration to show the president is trying to stay all over the economy heading into what will likely be an uphill re-election battle.
"There's no question the president will want to keep returning to jobs," one top aide told Fox News. "I don't want to downplay the speech [next week] -- it's going to be substantial. But the idea that this is the be-all and end-all is wrong."
Instead, Obama may try to highlight individual proposals on the road, campaign-style, as 2012 GOP hopefuls hit the trails themselves.
Details about what exactly the president plans to present are still very sparse, although he is asking federal agencies to identify potential infrastructure projects that could lend themselves to job creation, The Blaze reported Thursday.
According to Politico, Obama will also challenge the 12-member "congressional supercommittee" during Thursday's speech to exceed their $1.5 trillion budget savings goal, but won't present his own promised "very specific" deficit recommendations until afterward.
His speech will come less than a week after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August jobs report that showed no net jobs were created last month, and revised its earlier reports for June and July to show fewer jobs were created during those months than originally thought.