Thursday's White House jobs summit must be the start, not the end, of Obama's jobs agenda.
If Obama focuses much more heavily on job-creation, he, too will do well while doing good. Democrats fret openly about going into the 2010 election saddled by such a bad economy. Then there is the little matter of Obama's own re-election two years later.
Some estimates put unemployment that year still at a quite-high 6.8 percent to 7.5 percent. Those aren't good numbers to campaign on.
The White House needs to start talking, and delivering, nearly every day on providing millions of Americans the good-paying jobs they need.
The Oval Office may not become a career-placement center, but it's got to come darn close to take dramatic action to push down that soaring unemployment rate.
Concentrating so intensely on the employment crisis might disrupt Obama's own idea about his agenda, but it will buy him goodwill and calm the background anxiety that ultimately will allow for a smoother time for all of the rest of the reforms he intends. Jobs will beget votes, and he will have an entire second term to devote to his other causes.