I can't parse the following sentence :

« I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created! »

My problem is the role of the word "jobs" in "the greatest jobs president". I just don't understand why it's there. Does it change the meaning of the phrase or what value does it add ?

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    He probably wants to say that his presidency will result in many new jobs being created in the economy. – CowperKettle Jun 20 '16 at 8:57
  • @CowperKettle Are you sure we can create jobs in the economy? – Cardinal Jun 20 '16 at 9:04
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    @Cardinal - in the grammatic(al?) sense, not sure. In the semantic sense, why not? – CowperKettle Jun 20 '16 at 9:06
  • @CowperKettle Nothing, Just curiosity. I was thinking to a country's economy. I wasn't sure the economy whether or not can mean a country's economy. – Cardinal Jun 20 '16 at 9:13
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    "Jobs president" is a noun phrase. The head word is "president" and the noun "jobs" is an attributive modifier. – BillJ Jun 20 '16 at 11:13

It's an attributive noun. It makes "president" more specific: it's talking about a president that has something to do with "jobs". In this case, that means a president that encourages or creates job opportunities, reducing unemployment.

Similarly, a "dog person" is someone that likes or is good with dogs.

  • When reading your answer I read the « dog person » analogy first and that made it clear immediately. – YoungFrog Jun 20 '16 at 9:08
  • @YoungFrog: Glad I put that in, then! – Nathan Tuggy Jun 20 '16 at 9:40

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