Obama to Offer 'New and Innovative' Ideas in Jobs Speech, But WH Won’t Even Give a Hint

September 8, 2011 - 9:42 AM

Jay Carney

<b><b>White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March, 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b></b>

(CNSNews.com) - "The American people will hear a lot of new and innovative ideas that they haven't heard before" from President Obama when he delivers his "jobs" address to a joint session of Congress Thursday at 7 p.m.

That's what White House spokesman Jay Carney told Fox & Friends Thursday morning.

Carney said the American people also will hear "very common-sense, sensible ideas" such as a payroll tax cut for every working American.

"We've already had that. That's not new," Fox & Friends anchor Gretchen Carlson told Carney.

"Is that a bad thing? Oh, I'm sorry, is that a bad thing, because it creates jobs?" Carney shot back.

But it didn't create jobs, Carlson said, pointing to month after month of disappointing unemployment numbers.

"There is not an economist whose Ph.D. is worth the paper it's printed on who does not agree that when you cut the payroll tax, it has a direct impact on economic growth and job creation," Carney responded.

Carlson pressed Carney to "give me just a little piece" of what Obama's new and innovative ideas might be.

"Well, I’m not going to get ahead of my boss," Carney responded. He urged everyone to listen to the president's speech with an "open mind."

Carlson also asked Carney why Obama refused a Republican request to meet with the president ahead of his speech. In a letter to the president on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) urged the president to meet with leaders of both parties to give lawmakers “the opportunity to constructively discuss your proposals.”

While Obama “appreciated” the Republican leaders’ expressed willingness to cooperate, “this president has met with the leadership of the House and Senate more often, for longer, in the past several months than I think any president may have in history,” Carney said. He added that the American people “certainly don’t think another meeting around a table is going to solve…the problems this country’s facing.”

According to the Associated Press, Democrats familiar with the president's plans say Obama will spend the fall pressing congressional Republicans to act on his economic plan -- and if they don't, Obama will spend 2012 running against them as obstructionists.