And he does seem to have a genuine interest in creating American jobs, in helping out 'his people'. That patriotic thing isn't all bad.
No? Is this a waste of time?
Yes. It's a waste of time.
The notion that any US president can create jobs is nonsense, and yet, this question gets trotted out at every debate.
A politician can destroy jobs by wreaking the economy, but a politician can't create jobs...unless that politician, let's say, threatens to drop a bomb unless so-and-so country buys US goods or does something coercive like that.
Politicians don't create products or services that people buy nor do they have the power to make, let's say, somebody in Italy buy an American car. They are basically cheerleaders on the sidelines.
You go to a baseball game. Your team, the San Diego Padres, are playing. They win. Crediting the president for creating jobs is like crediting the team mascot, in this case, a big overstuffed chicken, for the win.