April 2nd, 2010
09:59 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama heads to North Carolina for the third time

Obama will visit North Carolina Friday.
Obama will visit North Carolina Friday.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama heads to North Carolina today to tout his plans to create jobs, his third visit to the politically important state since he entered the White House.

The president is expected to make his remarks at a Charlotte company that's hired new workers and beefed up operations partially because of grants from the economic stimulus program.

Obama last visited the state in July, when he held a town hall on health care reform in Raleigh. Prior to that visit, the president outlined his plans for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, during a speech at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in North Carolina in February of last year.

Vice President Joe Biden has also visited the state twice to tout the benefits of the stimulus program.

Obama narrowly won North Carolina in 2008, the first Democrat to carry the state in a presidential election since 1976.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Typically, I don't comment on articles about Obama travelling. But this is getting out of control. The guy is in campaign mode constantly!

    I'm sure there's going to be comments about Bush going to Crawford all the time... to which I can only respond "You're right. But just because Bush did something wrong does not make it right when Obama does it. Where's the change?"

    April 2, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. TCM

    so, our artificial president is wasting more tax dollars traveling to a company that was artificially resurrected because of the economic collapse caused by himself, Dodd, Pelosi and Reid....once there, he'll preach about how good the healthcare plan is..again....
    wow, this country is really in trouble with this incompetent leadership.

    April 2, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. ib

    Boy; for a president that is tryiing to ram cap & trade with all it's high taxes down our throats due to his so called global warming he sure is leaving a big carbon footprint since he can't stay out of AF1. Hyprocrite.

    April 2, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. West Valley Dave

    Does Obama know where his office actually is? He spends so little time there I bet he needs to follow a White House tour around to find it.

    April 2, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Mark

    You once said to John McCain during the healthcare debate that the “campaign is over”. So, stop campaigning. Get back in the White House and concentrate on jobs or in 2012 we will find someone that focuses on the priority of America. So far your focus is not where Americans want it.

    April 2, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Dennis

    He's trying to hang on to a state that he knows he will lose next time.

    April 2, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Mike

    Well at least he is not in DC planning on how to steal more from the American people. Stay on the road nobama but stay away from the panhandle of Florida.

    April 2, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Right Leaning Independent

    Well that story is incorrect! Celgard was given the grant in February and has not spent one penny of it yet! There have been no new hires yet but CNN is trying to make you believe that the stimulus money has created jobs! They probably will come but that is not what CNN is reporting in this story. The real story is on the front page of the Charlotte Observer today.

    April 2, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Is this the third trip on "The Big Health Care Reform Lying" tour, or the "Apologizing for the Previous Administration Followed the Constitution Tour", or the "I Just Need A Lot of Mindless Drug Addled Brains Applauding Me Tour>"

    April 2, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Larry

    Why is he campaigning???? I guess it was another lie when he said jobs was his number 1 priority . . . the LIES continue.

    April 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Jeff in VA

    When are we, as a nation, going to learn that government, federal, state or local, do not and cannot create jobs beyond growing the size of that specific governmental entity. Obama, Axelrod and Emanuel have no idea what a real job is, one that makes or manufactures something useful, something that involves real work or labor.

    April 2, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. JES

    Great to see he still likes spending our tax dollars trying to sell programs we don't want.

    Why would we want more government when they can't keep their own house in order.

    Stay at home and try and get this country back to where it should be and try it with less spending and less government. I know you can't but try.

    April 2, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Go ahead Mr. President your'e a ONE-MAN-SHOW!

    It falls on your shoulders to point out how the programs that your administration has put in place, and which are now bearing fruit are working for Americans and American businesses.

    No one wants to give you ANY KIND OF CREDIT, but they will greedily and quietly take any help you offer. You shouldn't have to fly around the country if the governors of these United States did their jobs as opposed to blocking yours.

    So thank God for Air Force One, fly on Mr. President let them see who's TRYING and who's LYING (thanks again Lacrossemom)!

    April 2, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Kirsten

    So when is he going to go to the Red States? Or has he decided that just because the majority of the people there don't agree with his politics they don't deserve his time? Last time I checked, there were 50 tates in the country, not just the ones that went blue in 2008. How bad off is it that he can't even make it to W.Va? He's the POTUS, yet he's visited foreign countries more times than he has visited some states....What does that say about him?

    April 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. NC State Student

    I guess we are so stupid down here in NC that Obama needs to keep coming down here to splain it to us.

    I NEED TO TAKE AN OBAMA AND WIPE MY PELOSI.

    April 2, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Meka

    Best President Ever!

    April 2, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Why is it that the benefits from the Stimulus Plan are so underestimated? There should be huge signs above every project announcing that it is funded by the STIMULUS. Perhaps the workers could wear tee shirts with similar messages.

    April 2, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Patrick

    America the Amazing!
    One president takes the country to war under false pretense, and lies about it in the process – "Iraq is responsible for 9/11", and he gets re-elected.
    Another "smart, humane president" is doing all things possible to improve the economy, and polls show that 50 something percent say he does not deserve to be re-elected.

    Talk about the dumming down of America. No wonder our kids are lagging behind the world in smarts. It starts with the parents. This is what happens when people are educated through the airwaves – TV, radio, etc, instead of reading books.

    April 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    So how many days does he actually sit behiind his desk?

    April 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Gene

    The President of a Christian nation campaigning on Good Friday

    ??????????????????

    April 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. David

    Please stay out of this state. Your temp jobs because of stimulus money won't fly for long. And quit beating the healthcare drum. It's almost like a used car salesman trying to convince us it is a good thing.

    April 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |