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Previewing Tuesday's Economic Speech

Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer gives some context for the President's upcoming speech on jobs and the economy.

There is no topic the President brings up more in the Oval Office than putting Americans back to work, and this Tuesday the President takes another step as part of his overall effort to jumpstart job growth for Americans

Since taking office, the President has been focused on taking every responsible step he can to contain our financial crisis, stabilize our economy, and get job growth going again.

But we don’t think we have a monopoly on good ideas either which is why we put together a forum last week to bring new voices and new ideas to the table on job creation.

At the forum the President heard from experts from the private sector including small business owners, business leaders, representatives from nonprofits and academics and he even spent some time participating in smaller group discussions on green jobs and infrastructure.

He also kicked off our White House to Main Street Tour in Allentown on Friday where he spent the day visiting a manufacturing plant, having lunch with workers and hearing from local small business owners on how we can work together to help spur job growth.

On Tuesday, the President will outline some key priorities for encouraging businesses to invest and create jobs. This is another stepping stone in a continuous effort to jumpstart job growth. The American people should be assured that until Americans are working again our focus will continue to be job creation.

We don’t think there is one silver bullet, one plan, one speech or a singular piece of legislation that alone will solve double-digit unemployment. And the President’s speech will not represent the totality of our plans for continued economic recovery.

Around the country, people are holding their own community job forums and the response has been so strong we've extended the time period for through the new year - learn more about hosting your own. The feedback from these will be reviewed by White House staff and incorporated into a memo for the President.

As the President has said many times, recovery will not happen overnight and as we continue to take important steps forward ---we must remember that everyone has a stake.

So as we continue working with Congress over the coming months, we will view every bill through the prism of job creation, we expect the private sector to play an active role as a partner and there will not be a day that goes by that the President and his economic team don’t discuss steps we can take to put Americans back to work.

Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director