Boehner - President has a lot to prove tonight 

As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address, Republicans are accusing the Democrats of ignoring the economy up until now, while Democrats are mounting a vigorous defense of their agenda.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that Obama should tell people in his State of the Union speech that he plans to redirect his attention to fixing the economy and creating jobs.

"I think what the American people want to see is a commitment from the President that he really is going to pivot to stopping the job-killing agenda and to work with Republicans in a bipartisan way as he promised during the campaign to get our economy going again and to be able to satisfy the American people's continuing question, "where are the jobs?", Boehner told reporters.

Boehner also said the buzz saw of lobbyists and special interest Obama said his health care bill reform bill had run into was actually "the American people saying stop, we've had enough of this."

Democrats argue their agenda has always been focused on jobs. Today Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a memo to reporters outlining how the $787 billion stimulus package helped rescue the wind energy industry.

"We thought we were going to lose half our industry," Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said in the memo. "Then the Recovery act came along and we were able to create jobs."

 

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