Obama fires up crowd in Ohio
July 16th, 2012
08:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama fires up crowd in Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) – President Barack Obama took to the stage and sang at the Cincinnati Music Hall Monday afternoon while on a campaign stop in Ohio.

But he didn't sing a tune from Al Green, although there were requests. He sang a song for Adam, who was spending his 18th birthday at the president's campaign event.

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It was one of several lighter moments during this stop that the room full of supporters enjoyed, like when Julie the Girl Scout asked the president to name his favorite cookie.

"I like the thin," he said-referring to Thin Mints. Some laughed; some booed halfheartedly.

Then Tony Smith, a barber, asked when he could cut the president's hair.

"You would not want a president who is disloyal to his barber," the president replied, prompting laughs from the crowd.

But the audience was silent when 13-year-old Taylor asked if her father was going to find a job before his unemployment ran out.

"My hope is that we can put him to work" Obama said.

The president told the crowd of supporters he wanted to spend time answering questions and taking comments, then added: "But I do want to say a few things about what's at stake here."

With chants of "four more years" coming from the floor, Obama said this election is more than a race between two candidates. It's about two different visions about how we build a strong economy."

"And the good news is you're the tiebreaker," he emphasized.

He attacked Republican challenger Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress for cobbling together an economic plan that he said was tried before but failed. He went on to say that Romney's plan will in fact create jobs, but not jobs in America.

"Now this shouldn't be a surprise," Obama said. "Because Governor Romney's experience has been investing in what were called 'pioneers' of the business of outsourcing."

The crowd cheered when Obama said his theory was different.

"I want to give tax breaks to companies right here in Ohio that are investing in Cincinnati, that are investing in Hamilton County. I want to give incentives to companies that are investing in you, the American people, to create American jobs making American goods that we're selling around the world, stamped with three proud words: Made in America."

The president did not make any mention of Romney's tax returns but went on to say that Romney has different views on all of Obama's policies and if Romney is elected he will implement all of the plans that he and the Republicans are putting forward.

Obama promised that if he is re-elected, he will keep the country moving forward.

Leaving the stage, Obama said he will return to Ohio prior to Election Day.

Romney in the meantime is scheduled to make an Ohio stop on Wednesday.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama wants products to say "Made in America".
    Romney wants 17 Angry White Billionaires to "Buy America".
    You choose.

    July 16, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Kate

    OBAMA 2012! A Loyal American!

    July 16, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Really?

    "My hope is that we can put him to work" Obama said.
    Wait...I've got an idea, let's call some businessmen. Oh, right, they can't do anything by themselves, they need government help to start a business.
    Obama's "hope" is that he can get another term and totally destroy this country. That will make Michelle really proud of this nation.

    July 16, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. King

    the repubs shout the economy is bad, let's me see! the economy is growing at 2 percent ; not great but stable, the financial sector is in its best shape in over 80 years, the stock market is the best it has ever been; minus the bush fake stock market that hit 14 thousand and came crashing down like a house of cards right after.. the housing market is creeping upwards, we've gotten over 4 million jobs back since the 800 thousand job lost per month. we've cut the deficit from 1.3 trillion a year to under a trillion. hey I would say the country is moving in the right direction with all the repubs obstruction to stop progress.

    July 16, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. CA Liberal

    OBAMA........4 more years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Anita

    Nobody fires up a crowd like President Obama, any time and any place. FOUR MORE YEARS

    July 16, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Larry L

    You go Mr. President! In spite of the obstructionist Republican blockade you've managed to push our economy back towards prosperity. Thanks!

    July 16, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. BeverlyNC

    I stand with President Obama. He connects with the People because he truly cares about the People and restoring the economy and the nation for the benefit of ALL Americans. Of course the People love to see him, be near him, and listen to him speak. He is a true leader with character, actual principles and values, and can handle critical issues both domestic and foreign with great success. There is no question he is the only person running qualified to be our President. All the Republican money cannot buy Romney character, a personality, principles, or our votes.

    July 16, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. jame

    obama made a lots of sense!

    July 16, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Mike in Texas

    President Obama has sold out the convention center here in San Antonio for his visit this week.

    July 16, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. anthony78

    Community Organizer > Community Outsourcer.

    The guy who cares about his fellow man > The guy who cares about his fellow millionaire.

    The guy with two bright beautiful daughters > The guy with five healthy yellow bellied war dodging sons.

    The guy with the hard working, middle class wife > The guy who's wife has five maids.

    The guy who got Bin Laden > The guy who wouldn't have gone after Bin Laden.

    The guy who rolls up his sleeves and gets to work > The guy who makes 100k while claiming he has nothing to do with the company.

    The answers are pretty black and white if you ask me.. pun intended.

    Obama 2012

    July 16, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. Snow

    Maybe he is a better singer than President, all I know he is a disaster of a President.

    July 16, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Go Mr. President! Kick butt!

    July 16, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Thomas

    I will vote for a human being befor I'd vote for a android like Romney.

    July 17, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |