Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college
July 21st, 2013
08:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will hit the road again to talk about jobs and the economy, resetting the message amid a busy summer that's so far been dominated by immigration reform efforts, the IRS scandal, national security leaks and the president's trips to Europe and Africa.

Obama will return to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches about his economic plan, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in an e-mail to supporters Sunday evening.

The president will also visit Warrensburg, Missouri, on Wednesday and travel to Jacksonville, Florida, the following day to speak again on the country's economic conditions. During additional stops in the coming weeks, Pfeiffer wrote Obama will touch on jobs, education, health care and retirement, including "new ideas and new pushes for ideas he has discussed before."

"He'll talk about the progress we've made together, the challenges that remain, and the path forward," Pfeiffer wrote in the e-mail, referring to the Knox College speech.

According to a White House official, the road show will wrap up before Washington faces another debt ceiling deadline around the end of September. Wednesday’s speech will also include mention of the economic case for immigration reform, the official confirmed.

The e-mail included a link to a video that harkens back to Obama's 2005 speech at Knox College–not long after Obama was elected U.S. senator–when the White House says Obama gave his first major address about his economic ideas.

"It’s been the creation of a massive middle class, through decent wages and benefits and public schools, that allowed us all to prosper," he said at the time. "It depended on a belief in the free market, but it also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other."

The video splices together quotes from some of the president's economic-themed speeches since then, including many familiar refrains that focus on the middle class.

Polls indicate that the economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans.

"The economy, and the things we can do to help it grow and strengthen and secure and expand the middle class, has been, is and will be the central focus of the president's domestic policy," White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday.

In late May and early June, Obama held events about jobs in Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The White House touts the growth of 7.2 million private-sector jobs in the last 40 months and an unemployment level that has dropped to 7.6% from its peak of 10% in October 2009.

Republicans, however, argue the president is pursuing the wrong economic policies, citing the still relatively high unemployment rate as an example. The president's first step, many have argued in recent weeks, should be repealing Obamacare, a program they consider detrimental to job creation.

Their argument was further bolstered earlier this month when the White House announced it would delay a key provision of the program that requires employers to provide health insurance. House Republicans passed a bill last week requiring the Obama administration to delay the provision that requires individuals to get health insurance or face a penalty.

– CNN’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy, Jessica Yellin, Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Economy • Jobs • President Obama
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. sammy750

    And the Republicans law makers and leaders are saying don't look to us to help the economy. We are to busy trying to defeat the health care bill and immigration. We don't have time for jobs and helping the economy.
    While PA and NC are passing voter ID laws, making it impossible for college kids, seniors, blacks and others not to vote. Republicans can only win when they steal an election. Remember G. Bush and the Supreme Court.

    July 22, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. chrisdj614

    Wow what a novel idea. SInce re-election it's been about pet projects. Gun Control, Immigration etc.

    July 22, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. HKirwin

    LOL...more talk and no action.

    July 22, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. TooLittleTooLate

    First he rabble rouses and now he wants to talk about the failed economy. haha, more whackiness from the chief clown

    July 22, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Logic_Is_Not_Common_Sense

    The headline says it all... "Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college". It's about the only thing he's good at

    July 22, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Emran

    It doesn't matter what the unemployment rate is it's all about how many jobs we can create. Before the rescission we could created at least 250,000-300,000 jobs. 200,000 jobs is breaking even while anything less is bad.

    Obama needs to pass some new environmental laws that reduce greenhouse gases,CFCs and convert our old oil plants to new ones. And also we need more solar,wind,geothermal,water and nuclear energy.

    We need to pass immigration reform. Make it easier for any legal resident of USA to travel and admit the many folks waiting to get into the US.

    We also need to work with UN to pass new environmental laws that protect threaten and endangered animals.

    I wish Obama did something sooner on Syria.

    July 23, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  7. rwdragon86

    How about just focusing on fuel prices???? If families didn't have to shell out so much for gas it would be a Godsend but of course Obama could care less. Think of the impact on the everyday prices of things if the fuel to transport them and manufacture them wasn't so high? But of course Obama doesn't care. Have a nice vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

    July 23, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  8. rwdragon86

    Can he focus on the economy as well as he does on his golf game? One can only wish.

    July 23, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
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