Obama pledges focus on job creation

President Barack Obama speaks at the corporate and U.S. manufacturing headquarters of Cree, a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient LED lighting, Monday, June 13, 2011, in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

June 13, 2011 7:12:26 PM PDT
Beset by a grim employment picture, President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to ease the way for businesses to expand hiring and offered assurances to an anxious public that he is focused on creating jobs - the top political issue heading into the 2012 election and the Achilles heel of his presidency.