Hi, this is Joe Biden. I’m speaking to you from the University of Pittsburgh, where I just spoke to students here about what we’ve done to help ease the burden on them when it comes to the rising cost of tuition and the accumulating student debt and what we’re going to do to help create jobs when they graduate.
Today we found out we’ve had the 20th month in a row where we’ve increased private sector jobs — 104,000 this month, 104,000 private sector jobs. And as all you know, that’s not nearly enough. We have to increase the pace. We have to act now to do everything in our power to keep this economy moving and to grow jobs.
President Obama is on his way back from France where he just met with the leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world, where he urged our European friends to step up and stabilize their own economies because if they fail, it will affect the whole world.
Too many Americans are still struggling. Too many college students here at the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere are worrying about the rising cost of their tuition, and the increasing accumulation of debt. And too many of their parents are in stagnant jobs or out of work, wondering if they’re going to be able to send their child back to college next semester.
My dad used to have a saying. He said, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity. It’s about respect.
And too many Americans have been stripped of their dignity through no fault of their own. So we can’t wait to help them. The President and I believe we have to act now. That’s why we’ve introduced the jobs bill which independent validators said would create 2 million new jobs.
The entire WEEKLY REMARKS transcript can be viewed on Saturday, November 5, 2011