"We need to solve our medium and long-term debt problems, not just for abstract reasons, but because they're a concrete impediment to growth and jobs."
John Boehner? Eric Cantor? Rand Paul? I'll give you a hint: They are in the 2012 race already.
Mitt Romney? How about Herman Cain? Maybe even Newt Gingrich?
Nope. But if you said Barack Obama, congrats!
The president said finding a way to cut mounting federal deficits would help private businesses feel more secure about the future, so they will be more likely to invest more on jobs.
Obama also took a swipe at Congress, noting that most of the suggestions his jobs council offered were things that private industry or the executive office could do that wouldn't require congressional action.
"It sends a message to Congress that we shouldn't have to work around Congress," Obama said. "Regardless of whatever political camp you're in, there are some common sense ideas that we can all embrace and that should not be subject to political gamesmanship."
You wouldn't be alone if you thought that President Obama has fully embraced the Republican line that the jobs problem is a direct result of the deficit, and that you had concerns that the President was trying to meet the Republicans halfway on trillions of dollars worth of spending cuts, and trillions more in tax breaks for the wealthy.
I know I do.