Obama outlines plans to create US jobs

President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday sought to bring some relief to Americans anxious about their economic futures, outlining a plan to create 2.5 million jobs with public works programs that will rebuild roads and bridges, modernize schools and create alternative energy sources. The new recovery plan being developed aims to create millions of new jobs by January 2011. Obama wants Congress to approve it quickly so he can sign it shortly after his inauguration. "These aren't just steps to pull ourselves out of this immediate crisis; these are the long-term investments in our economic future that have been ignored for far too long," Obama said in the weekly Democratic radio address. He called the plan "big enough to meet the challenges we face" and said that it will jump-start job creation and lay the foundation for a strong economy. "We'll be working out the details in the weeks ahead, but it will be a two-year, nationwide effort to jump-start job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy," Obama said.