The Madeleine Brand Show for June 8, 2012

President Obama chastises Congress in speech

President Obama Speaks On The Economy In The White House Briefing Room

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the economy in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama called the last-minute announcement to talk about the domestic and international economies and encourage Congress to pass his "paid-for ideas" on job creation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Friday morning, President Obama spoke at the White House and took a few questions from reporters.

The president chastised Congress for failing to approve his jobs bill that he says would improve the economy and he suggested they're sitting on their hands for political purposes. He also talked at some length about the European debt crisis.

Meanwhile, he's had to deal with signs the economy is faltering. Last week's jobs report was disappointing and this Friday, new data showed that last month U.S. exports fell, showing a weakening demand for American goods.

Here to talk about how this all figures into the campaign is Ron Fournier, Editor-in-Chief of National Journal.


Ron Fournier is Editor-in-Chief of National Journal.

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