President: Let's bargain; Congress: No deal

photo President Barack Obama speaks Tuesday at Amazon.

President Barack Obama gave a rousing speech in Chattanooga to a crowd that seemed to thoroughly enjoy him at Amazon.

His visit, another in the messages he has been taking to the public to increase pressure on a do-nothing, obstructionist Congress, drew smiles and applause as he spoke of improving the lives of middle-class America.

But this message was also a serious offer for Congress. President Obama proposed cuts in corporate tax rates - a Republican priority - in exchange for more money for jobs programs, a priority of the president.

"I'm willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code - as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs," Obama told Amazon employees.