THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to say a few words on a number of topics and take a few questions before the long Labor Day weekend.
True so far.
First, beginning with the number one thing most Americans care about — the economy. This morning, we found out that our economy actually grew at a stronger clip in the 2nd quarter than we originally thought. Companies are investing. Consumers are spending. Over the past four and a half years, our businesses have now created nearly 10 million new jobs. So there are reasons to feel good about the direction we’re headed.
10 Million Part Time Jobs with what average pay and benefits?
But as everybody knows, there’s a lot more that we should be doing to make sure that all Americans benefit from the progress that we’ve made. And I’m going to be pushing Congress hard on this when they return next week.
Good luck with that, you lost that battle when your Abominable Care Act was executed with all the alacrity of melting Ice, and demotivated all your supporters with lack of Single Payer, following Look Forward not Backward — as if there were any future crimes to prosecute. Or, maybe that was the plan; if so we were poorly served.
Second, in Iraq, our dedicated pilots and crews continue to carry out the targeted strikes that I authorized to protect Americans there and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.
Wonderful. More precision bombing.
As Commander-in-Chief, I will always do what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against evolving threats to our homeland. Because of our strikes, the terrorists of ISIL are losing arms and equipment. In some areas, Iraqi government and Kurdish forces have begun to push them back.
Yes, but where did ISIL get their arms? From US supplies for Syrian Rebels? You need a new tool, that military one is looking shopworn, shoddy, and does not produce good results.
And we continue to be proud and grateful to our extraordinary personnel serving in this mission.
Killing our young again. When will this end?
Now, ISIL poses an immediate threat to the people of Iraq and to people throughout the region. And that’s why our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader, comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners who are taking the fight to ISIL. And that starts with Iraq’s leaders building on the progress that they’ve made so far and forming an inclusive government that will unite their country and strengthen their security forces to confront ISIL.
True, and they are funded by whom? Saudi Arabia and Quatar? Any sanctions against those states?
Any successful strategy, though, also needs strong regional partners. I’m encouraged so far that countries in the region — countries that don’t always agree on many things — increasingly recognize the primacy of the threat that ISIL poses to all of them. And I’ve asked Secretary Kerry to travel to the region to continue to build the coalition that’s needed to meet this threat. As I’ve said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I’m confident that we can — and we will — working closely with our allies and our partners.
What, no Syria is the existential threat? What happened there, have you discovered the people who want Assad out are worse than Assad?