Obama knocks politics, calls for growth on three-day Midwest bus tour
August 15th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama knocks politics, calls for growth on three-day Midwest bus tour

DECORAH, Iowa (CNN) – President Barack Obama slammed partisan politics and called on lawmakers to prioritize economic growth Monday, the first day of his three-day Midwestern tour.

The president spoke in the afternoon at a town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa.

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  1. Aggieboo_65

    Glad we taxpayers could pay for this for you!!!...NOT

    August 15, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    He's going to get an earful out in the heartlands and away from D.C. He won't like it.

    August 15, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Name king

    Obama need to have America attractive again so that countries around the world want to invest in. This means investment in our crumbling infrastructure.

    August 15, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. mudlick

    The Obamanazi is on his "To destroy America tour!"Who in their right mind would vote for this moron again?Have you people not been watching what he has done to our country?He is the Prince of fools,don't be just another one of his fools.

    August 15, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Let's see how many Tea Party gate crashers show up. I am sure that there will be an attempt to make a sound bite of someone giving the President lip service. Such a thing would surely make the highlight reel at Fox News.

    August 15, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I think the people know that Congress has been the hang-up to all the jobs bills introduced - also, Congress has blocked closing loop-holes for corporations and wealthy (that middle class and poor don' get). We are NOT stupid. We know he is NOT a dictator and can only sign what is presented to him. HE IS NOT A DICTATOR (the republicans want to be dictators and stick their noses into our bedrooms and our churches).

    August 15, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Scott

    I would like for those of us who support President Obama, to not be riled by those wishing to insult our intelligence by speaking against the efforts of our president. It does us no good to get into the mud with pigs. They're already dirty and they like it there. You're the only one that stands to "get dirty".

    Please let your vote do you speaking. Let there be a strange silence until voting day when our movement will crack the skies as we pour into the polls to secure his second term. Don't pay attention to the negative rhetoric. Of course they're angry. He's not continuing the idiocy that THEY benefit from.

    August 15, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. russinmaine

    By next fall he can apply for a job driving the bus, much more inline with his abilities level!

    August 15, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!

    August 15, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. jay

    What, is he kidding? That bus tour is a campaign tour which he is pawning off as a "jobs tour". The inside joke is probably that it is a snide way of sticking the taxpayers as he seems to regard them as principal in hampering his progressive policies anyway. Plus, the "tour" gets him out of DC where he is floundering and apparently has nothing constructive to say.

    So, that's just another drop in a bucket FULL of reasons why his ratings are in the hole.

    Who wants to reelect a guy that is eely enough to pick your wallet for his own bus tour and tell you it's for "jobs"? Oh, PUH LEEZE!

    Come on, .....2012, we need a President.

    August 15, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. who cares

    We welcome the commander and chief to the heart land of our great U.S. of A.

    Every taxpayer will help him appreciate his oppounity to lead this nation.

    We will avoid the "kool-aid" inspired speeches. We will ask him how much he wants his job. We will seek to gain a better understanding that blaming everyone is the only solution is has to offer. We will look to see if his campaign tour is strickly "dog and pony" show, or does he have a real action plan.

    Also, we will continue to pray for our elected officials that GOD will grant them wisdom to perform their duties without selfish ambition. To have a desire to serve the people who put them in office and those who didn't. That these politians would begin to help to unite us and stop dividing us.

    WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    WE STAND FOR FREEDOM.

    WE DO OUR VERY BEST EVERY DAY TO MAKE THIS THAT COUNTRY OTHERS DREAM TO COME TO.

    SO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.

    August 15, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. GI Joe

    He has more than enough campaign cash to pay for his own bus. He's NOT putting it on the taxpayers' dime - any more than Shrub and Raygun did when they campaigned for re-election. THOU SHALT NOT LIE REPUBLICANS.

    August 15, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. John, PA

    It will be good for the president to get out of Washington DC and see all of the job losses, home foreclosures and people in bankruptcy. I’m not expecting this tour to go well for Obama, the masses aren’t going to be cheering for him.
    The president can review his:
    Failure on the economy: Fact; we now have 3 of the 4 indicator of a second Great Depression in America, unemployment over 20%, housing sales the worst showing in 13 years and retail sales down year over year since Obama took office.

    Failure on taxes: Fact; President Obama recently unveiled his 2012 budget proposal and the 43 tax hikes it contains. The multitude of—utterly unnecessary—tax hikes will burden Americans to the tune of $1.5 trillion over the next decade. The President is proposing to raise federal tax revenues and federal spending as a percentage of GDP above historic levels, and keep them growing. This plan is a disaster for the economy—slowing down recovery, hurting job creation, making American companies less competitive, and burdening all Americans with higher taxes and consumer costs

    Failure on home foreclosure: Fact; since the Democrats took over Congress in 2006,
    2011 will be the bleakest year in foreclosures, lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006.
    Home sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years.

    Failure on a budget: Fact; No budget from Obama for 2 years and the 2011 budget; Ninety-seven senators voted against a motion to even take it up.

    Failure on health care: Fact; 50% of small businesses will drop health care for employees in 2014 when Obama care starts.

    Failure on price of gasoline, energy; Fact, price has doubled since Obama took office.

    Failure on price of food: Fact; about 45 million people or nearly 15% of the nation's population or over one out of every eight Americans – are receiving food stamps, up since Obama took office.

    And let’s not forget tax evading appointee and Democratic Party
    Timothy Geithner, Charles Rangel, John Kerry, Claire McCaskill, Tom Daschle, etc…

    August 15, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Get out there Mr. President and let them see and hear the difference between somebody who works for ALL Americans and represents the ENTIRE country not just the Chrishun and wealthy among us.
    The decor on Perry's bus is LAUGHABLE: Jobs for America. Really? You should've shared your ideas on that subject with the Weeper of the House so that he could've translated it into a Jobs Bill. The truth is Perry you think if that LIE worked for your team in 2010 maybe you could squeeze it dry for 2012.
    Not going to happen.
    Obama on skates for 2012.

    August 15, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    What is wrong with going out to talk to the American people and *listening* to what they have to say? Could it be that conservatives fear that he will hear exactly what the majority of polls have been saying for months.

    August 15, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. John K.

    According to the most recent Gallup Poll Obama has a 39% overall approval rating. This same poll shows Obama's approval rating with Independents at 34%. With the economy expected to remain weak and the unemployment rate projected to remain above 9% until 2013, Democrats need to seriously consider someone else other than Obama.

    August 15, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Scott

    I would like for those of us who support President Obama, to not be riled by those wishing to insult our intelligence by speaking against the efforts of our president. It does us no good to get into the mud with pigs. They're already dirty and they like it there. You're the only one that stands to "get dirty".

    Please let your vote do you speaking. Let there be a strange silence until voting day when our movement will crack the skies as we pour into the polls to secure his second term. Don't pay attention to the negative rhetoric. Of course they're angry. He's not continuing the idiocy that THEY benefit from.
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    Well stated Scott.....but sometimes it is soooo hard not to throw a few "zingers" in there as we fully realize that facts, decorum, sense of fair play, and all of those notable attributes are useless and wasted when dealing with these Teatard Rethugs!
    Ooops! There I go again! lol.

    August 15, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Yawn. Bottom-line: GOP fears when Obama takes his message to the people like any POTUS should and, instead of addressing anything on the merits, is pushing mischaracterizations, misinformation and ad hominem attack ads. How is this even considered "news"? There's nothing "new" about it.

    August 15, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |