Jarrett Suggests Obama's SOTU Message Will Be Campaign Re-run

February 12, 2013 - 9:10 AM

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White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama's State of the Union message "will be one that resonates broadly with the American people," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.

"And so the message will be one about building the middle class from the inside out as opposed to the top down. That was the essential theme of his 2008 campaign, that's what he did during his first term, and it certainly was debated in the last election," she said.

"And I think that theme will be described in ways of, how are we going to equip the United States to have a robust economy, to bring manufacturing back? How are we going to make sure that our workforce is prepared for those jobs, and how do we make sure that if you work hard, you can make a good living?

"And I think he'll set forth very concretely how he expects to do that in the form of investing [investing means spending] in manufacturing and education and infrastructure and energy. And I think that's a message that should resonate very broadly around our country."

Building the middle class "from the inside out" was an oft-repeated phrase in President speeches leading up to the 2012 election.

Referring to the "situation he inherited four years ago," Jarrett said Obama has taken "very specific steps to move our country forward." Among them, she counted the creation of "over six million jobs in last 35 months."

As CNSNews.com reported on Feb. 5, the Congressional Budget Office says unemployment is expected to remain above 7.5 percent again this year. It said 2013 would set a record for the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.

The nation's unemployment rate increased a tenth of a point in January, rising to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent.  The number of unemployed persons, at 12.3 million, was little changed in January and has been at this level since Sept. 2012.

Asked about Obama's attitude toward Republicans, Jarrett said her boss is "determined to work with Congress" to accomplish the things he can't do on his own.

She said Obama "has always reached out" to Republicans, but oftentimes, Republicans "put their short-term political interests ahead of what's in the best interests of our country." Therefore, said Jarrett, Obama will "engage the American people," seeking their support on Democratic policy.

As part of that effort, Obama will hit the post-campaign trail on Wednesday through Friday, stopping in North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois to galvanize support for the agenda he lays out in Tuesday night's State of the Union speech.