Nightly News | August 17, 2011
>>> it's against this backdrop that president obama is announcing a new jobs plan, it's not ready to announce and we won't get to see it until next month. chuck todd traveling with the president tonight in alpha, illinois. it's clear the heat is on this topic now?
>> reporter: that's for sure, no issue has dogged this president during his time in office more than this inability to jump-start the job market so while he's promising to unveil another new plan to do this, he's facing a public that's growing increasingly impatient call it the frustration tour t president's third day face to face with voters upset about the economy. those waiting in line for the final town halls of his bus tour, wanted to talk about one thing.
>> i don't want to hear about another commission, we have too many commissions now. i want to hear specifics, you know, let's get the people back to work.
>> why would he postpone his statement to the public that he's got a jobs plan for after labor day ?
>> i'm unemployed, a lot of people are unemployed and so that's my main concern that we get the economy moving.
>> reporter: and inside the president heard more anxiety.
>> every week i sit around the kitchen table of families that aren't here today and i listen to the stories of the lost jobs but what can you do without congress today to make a change in jobs?
>> reporter: feeling that pressure, the white house said today the president will unveil a new jobs plan after labor day which officials say will be a mix of tax cuts and government funded construction projects.
>> there's no reason why we shouldn't put americans back to work all across the country rebuilding america.
>> reporter: but it's not the first time the president had promised to jump-start job growth .
>> that is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010 .
>> reporter: white house spoex spokesman jay carney defended this decision.
>> it's a continuation, because as you know when he was sworn into office, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs, to the tune of more than 700,000 jobs a month. 8 million american jobs lost. we have been digging ourselves out of that hole.
>> reporter: but even some of the president's most ardent defendser are running out of patience.
>> we want to give us every opportunity, but our people are hurting, unemployment issen consciousable. we don't know what the strategy is.
>> well, the president wraps up this town hall , heads back to washington for a full day at the office and then, brian, it's off to martha's vineyard for ten days.
>> chuck todd traveling with the president in illinois tonight. chuck, thanks.