January 22nd, 2010
10:16 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama heads back to Ohio


President Obama departed from the South Lawn of the White House Friday. (Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads back to Ohio Friday, his fourth trip to the state since assuming the presidency a year ago.

Obama meets with voters at a community college in Elyria, Ohio, in the northeast part of the Buckeye State. The White House says the president will talk with workers and business owners about putting more Americans back to work. The trip to Lorian Country is the second stop on the what the administration calls the "White House to Main Street Tour."

The unemployment level in Ohio now stands at 10.9 percent.

President Obama first visited Ohio on March 6 of last year. The president attended a police class graduation in Columbus as part of a trip to tout the federal stimulus plan. Obama returned on July 23, to speak to voters at a townhall in Shaker Heights and made a third visit last year on September 7 to attend an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati.

Ohio is a crucial state in presidential elections. Obama won Ohio by 5 points over Republican Sen. John McCain in the 2008 election. According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in November, 45 percent of voters in the state approved of the job Obama's doing in the White House, with half of those questioned disapproving of his performance as president.

Ohio also has some high profile contests this November, including governor and senator.

- CNN's Becky Brittain and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dutch the Great

    Rally the base Mr. President. Hit Iowa up next.

    January 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. terry,va

    Obummie your White house to Main Street Tour has driven off a cliff. Based on your history, we aren't going to believe a thing you say. It's time for you to RESIGN. You are in way over your head.

    January 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. terry,va

    How are you people in Ohio liking your CHANGE? Rub your nickels together!!! There's your change.

    January 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Obama 2.0

    It's the ECONOMY...:)

    January 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Obama heading back to Ohio. So what's new? Just campaigning again. Gotta love the cost to the taxpayer that this President doesn't care about. And ya just got to love all that carbon footprint he leaves time after time.

    January 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    We don't need more Obama speeches.....we need real jobs, for real companies, with real benefits for workers.

    We DO NOT need to send any more manufacturing to China......WHATSOEVER!!!!!!

    January 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Completely makes sense. Now that Missouri is trending toward Dixie in its voting patterns, Ohio now stands as the most consistent predictor of presidential races. Ohio hasn't voted for the loser in a presidential race since it went for Nixon against Kennedy in 1960.

    January 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    I can't wait to hear President Obama lecture the American people about what he needs to do for them. I count on hearing about how he needs to regulate and crush big banks, big pharma, big corps, etc. before their rampant capitalism destroys his vision of America. Too bad he won't listen and hear from the people that it's not big business and capitalism that's the problem, it's big government and not focusing on private sector jobs that's the problem.

    We need to keep shouting, "IT"S THE ECOMONY AND JOBS, STUPID!"

    January 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "President Obama first visited Ohio on March 6 of last year. The president attended a police class graduation in Columbus as part of a trip to tout the federal stimulus plan."

    Not long afterwards, all of the graduating police officers were laid off.

    January 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Steve

    Talking to people about getting them back to work is what Obama should have been doing a year ago. Maybe if Obama would stop frightening businesses with his anti-market blather, they would be more willing to hire new workers. He seems to be Carterlike in his ability to make people feel anxious rather than optimistic about the future.

    January 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. K. Bower

    Why oh why doesn't he stay in Washington D.C. in the whitehouse and quit flying that airplane all over. Looks like he could solve more problems about economy if he contributed to saving money HE spends flying all over.

    January 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Biased

    Air Force One and Obama's carbon footprint must be the size of the Jolly Green Giant by now. If he wants to talk up jobs, fine – however are the states he is going to visit strictly democratically leaning ones which he feels are necessary for democrats winning in November or is he picking any state no matter which way they lean politically because of the job situation only. Is this tour because of jobs or a taxpayer paid re-election tour to states that favor him and his party?

    January 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. t22

    How about less campaigning and more governing? People want jobs, not speeches.

    January 22, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. revolution

    Stay home Obama every time you speak the market drops another 100 points. You've done enough for your UNION buddies. Get your BIG GOV out of the way of the free markets. The market will fix itself and you can take credit for doing nothing. Which is what you're doing.

    January 22, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. jp,michigan

    Ohio is important to Obama for re-election. He hasn't really created jobs for Ohio or any state. Spending tax payer monies like a drunken sailor, does not get one re-elected. American have not forgotten he has 3 years left to do great deal of harm to the economy and the American people. On the job training hasn't helped Obama nor have the 100s of advisors that surround him.

    January 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Jim

    Politics as usual from a man who claimed "change". This is not why I voted for him!

    January 22, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. wagonc

    Now you start to focus on jobs. You took you so long.

    Health care wasn't the priority – but BHO thought it was. The priority is jobs and growth. He just doesn't get it. The stimulus was a joke and now he wants to pour billions more into more public works. When does he get the fact that the private sector – not the public sector or public works – drives the economy. Who is advising this guy?

    But why am I talking to a democrat (liberal) about business? You need look no further than the fate of Air America to see the business savvy of the left. They have none.

    January 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Funny, ROFL. The president will meet with voters. All of whom have been carefully screened by party hacks and union bosses to give a message that has already been decided by liberal strategists before he boarded AF1 to waster our tax money with this trip. He doesn't get it.
    He is still blaming the Bush administration and saying he isn't getting his message out in spite of the fact that networks like ABC have been running informercials for him. I love the idea one of your commentors had. Tell him to go find a corner in the oval office to sit in and shut up for the next three years and then leave. This lying hack has no credibility left and no clue how despised he is by the people who the bills for him and if we could fire him now, we would.

    January 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Mike1952

    Kiss of death for the future elections mentioned.

    10.9% unemployment......yikes. How's that stimulus working out there Wingnut?

    January 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Ralph

    Go OBAMA! These are tough times, but those of us who can think for ourselves, and are not driven by misguided emotions fueled by lies and distortions from those that know only hate and divisiveness, stand behind you. We know you are trying to do what is best for this country and we support you. Reach out to he other side and try to find compromise. If all you find is obstruction, point this out to the American people to let them know who is on their side. We know who REALLY puts country first, and its not the party of NO.

    January 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    Go President Obama. You are the best thing to hit the White House in years.

    January 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Alan

    This guy makes me sick. Unemployment has been at over 10% for how long now, and he is just now realizing that something needs to be done!!

    He doesn't give a crap about jobs, he only cares that they lost a seat in the senate and they sense bigger losses coming. That is the ONLY thing that bothers him about all of this.

    He keeps saying be patient and then blames bush and the banks. Well I'm sorry, we have waited now for a year for his stimulus to start helping and it has done NOTHING!! Since he has been in power our family has lost everything and not one thing is being done to get things rolling again.

    I say get rid of these bums just as soon as we can!! He is destroying our country!!!!!!!

    If I sound angry well excuse me because I am!!

    January 22, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. joe

    i wish the president the best. we all should be pulling for him. he is our country's leader for God's sake! what has this man done to any of you that are reading this post? he clearly is a good man, he obviously loves his country his family and children so why not support him and give him time to turn things around before you declare his presidency over. 3 years from now judge him on his overall record and then vote for whoever you think would be the best president the next time. for now..take it easy!

    January 22, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Steve in North Carolina

    If he wants to put Americans back to work, he should focus on something besides the economy. This guy has no clue how to fix the economy. Every time he opens his mouth, the stock market falls.

    January 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Dar

    I love it when Odumbo shows up to save the day and tells everyone how wonderful they are and how the world is a better place since he is the president and how their world will be better soon, very soon.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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