Well, at least he is creating jobs in Afghanistan…
If you had any illusions that the Messiah‘s jobs summit was anything more than a PR ploy, this should persuade you otherwise: 130 corporate types dressed in very expensive designer wear sitting in a room – each with their own agenda – recounting their experiences with unemployment. (Uh, none)
A one day dog and pony show for those who will be watching it from some homeless shelter in Pontiac, Michigan – even the homeless need entertainment. There will, no doubt, be an appearance by some unemployed mother of three to provide a human touch for the evening news.
MESSIAH: We need jobs! We must grow the economy!
CHORUS: JOBS JOBS JOBS! GROW GROW GROW!
Wash, rinse, repeat as needed…
Google, Disney chiefs due at Obama jobs summit
About 130 experts from unions, government, academia and other companies will seek ways to jumpstart job creation.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Executives from Google and Walt Disney will join other company chiefs, academics, labor leaders and mayors at President Obama’s jobs summit this week, the White House said Sunday.
Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) CEO Eric Schmidt and Disney (DIS, Fortune 500) chief Bob Iger will be among about 130 people attending Thursday’s meeting, according to a partial guestlist.
Other prominent CEOs slated to attend include Randall Stephenson of AT&T (T, Fortune 500), Brian Roberts of Comcast (CMCSA, Fortune 500), James McNerney of Boeing (BA, Fortune 500) and Frederick Smith of FedEx (FDX, Fortune 500).
They’ll be joined by such experts as Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, former Fed vice chairman Alan Blinder, United Steel Workers president Leo Gerard and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro.
Obama discussed the summit, aimed at helping solve an employment crisis that has cost the nation 7.3 million jobs since the start of 2008, during a cabinet meeting last week.
“We are going to be bringing together people from all across the country … to explore how we can jumpstart the hiring that typically lags behind economic growth, but we don’t want to wait,” the president said. “We want to see if we can accelerate it.”