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Plugging The Jobs Bill: Obama Praises Individual Entrepreneurship, Invokes Steve Jobs

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"...the Senate of the United States has a chance to do something, right now, by voting for the American Jobs Act."

Who says President Obama is tone deaf to the sentiments of the American people?

He obviously picked up on how America felt about the passing of Apple's ex-CEO and decided to incorporate the technological titan's name into a speech that advocated his jobs bill.

Speaking in Pittsburgh, the President's public remarks were fairly wide ranging but all focused on job creation, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times.

And without failure, the President repeatedly called on Congress to pass the jobs bill. And that's when he decided to cite Steve Jobs as a prime example of the good that could come from passing the bill.

Obama said his jobs bill would enable more entrepreneurs to follow in Jobs' steps, referencing the discussions he had earlier with his jobs council, reports Business Insider.

"Well, one of our focuses today was on entrepreneurship. And we did this because the story of America’s success is written by its entrepreneurs; men and women who took a chance on a dream and they turned that dream into a business, and somehow changed the world," Obama said.

"We just lost one of our greatest entrepreneurs, and a friend, Steve Jobs, last week. And to see the outpouring of support for him and his legacy tells a story about what America is all about. We like to make thing, create things, new products, new services that change people's lives."

The President continued:

And that’s what people strive to do every day in this country.  And most of the time people’s dreams are simple:  Start-ups and storefronts on Main Street that let folks earn enough to support their family and make a contribution to their community.

And sometimes their dreams take off and those start-ups become companies like Apple or Fed-Ex or Ford; companies that end up hiring and employing hundreds of thousands of Americans and giving rise to entire new industries.

And that spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation is how we became the world’s leading economic power, and it’s what constantly rejuvenates our economy.

"Right now, our economy needs a jolt. Right now. And today, the Senate of the United States has a chance to do something, right now, by voting for the American Jobs Act," the president told the crowd.

(H/T Business Insider)

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