President Obama Celebrates Job Creation in Ohio Speech During Appearance That Forces Workers to Take Unpaid Day Off

We will create jobs that pay real money, just not for these guys on this day.
  • "We will create jobs that pay real money, just not for these guys on this day."

You can chalk it up to partisan nitpicking, but Fox's tale of Obama's appearance in Ohio to tout the job-creating stimulus package last Friday has some humorous, ironical truth to it.

How so?

Construction workers were told to not report to their jobs Friday because of security measures so that Obama's team could orchestrate his speech celebrating job creation.

President Obama went to the groundbreaking of a road project in Columbus, Ohio, Friday to show that his massive stimulus package is still churning out jobs — a "good news" story that was anything but for some construction workers who were trying to figure out how to make up for the payday they lost due to the president's visit.

The workers were told not to report to their construction project at a nearby hospital Friday, because the Secret Service was shutting it down for security reasons. They also were told that they would not get paid for the forced day off.

"We always do our very best to balance the needs of security with the needs and requirements of the venues we're securing," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a written statement of "Any interruption in activity that we request is not done arbitrarily and only if absolutely necessary."

"The bosses told us we weren't working because the president is coming, and we are wondering why," construction worker George Harrison told WBNS-10TV. "That's $200 we are missing out on. Everybody needs to eat, right?"

One construction worker told the local TV station that he's "glad the president's coming but I sure would like to make that money."

In all fairness, the workers will be given the chance to make up the day of work. Plus, as one worker remarked, with mind obviously focused on the nearest happy hour, it meant a three-day weekend.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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