Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college
July 21st, 2013
08:00 PM ET
1 year 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. paulwithers

    Ok CNN, I will say it again. Is this a joke?

    July 21, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Mr.Bogus

    After hearing President Obama's remarks concerning the Trayvon Martin case I am no longer listening to Mr. Obama until he apologizes to the American people for not supporting the law.

    July 21, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    enough said.. Show the results

    July 21, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Neptaone

    I hope he talks about the 650,000 federal employees he just put on part time status.

    July 21, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Bill

    More like "Obama to ask for trillions more in tax money to spend on his political cronies."

    July 21, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. netstar

    Refocus–is that the same a pivot. He has pivoted many times but not refocused. He must really be serious this time. LOL

    July 21, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. cliff

    Stop giving speeches! Just make the economy better!

    July 21, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. common sense

    Just let them talk,nod your head and agree and remember they will be gone in less time than they've been in.

    July 21, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. Bates

    If this guy had an ounce of integrity, he would resign and let someone who has the experience to lead this country take over. This man is simply not qualified, his policies show it and he is hurting this country. He should be with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson at these civil rights demonstrations - it's where the community organizer belongs.

    July 21, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Eagle0421

    Let's see. Summer of recovery 2010. Nope. Summer of recovery 2011. Nope. Summer of recovery 2012. Nope. Summer of recovery 2013. Not yet! Sure am glad Obama is going to re-focus like a laser on the economy for about the 10th time. Maybe he REALLY means it this time! What a joke!

    July 21, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. DR

    How can CNN reporters state that the delay in implementing a provision of Obamacare "further bolsters" the Republican argument? The delay does not say anything about whether the program is detrimental to job creation, nor does it imply the program is economically detrimental in any way. These statements are just pandering.

    July 21, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. pws1121

    China, that could have been my economy.

    July 21, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. Mayfray

    All new net jobs in 2013 have been part time jobs, likely a fall out of the AHCA. So, its about time that president Obama refocused his attention on the economy, again.

    July 21, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Scott

    Wait......what you mean he was focued on the economy? Maybe he needs to be a little less hittin the road and spending more time actually doing something besides talking

    July 21, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Former GOP

    .......good LUCK...............the gop congress is still batting.000 after 37 attempts to end the ACA

    July 21, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. maximusvad

    GOP House–That's what you guys should be doing...

    July 21, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. John Spieker

    Perhaps focusing on bringing back democracy, and not spying on American citizens, would be a better choice...

    July 21, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. Gene

    I am glad he is focusing on the economy, instead of whining about the Zimmerman case.

    July 21, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Rembrant

    OF COURSE Republicans argue the President he is pursuing the wrong policies. To Republicans, crappy education, crumbling infrastructure, inefficient and expensive health care, military spending, trickle down economics, subsidized oil, pharma and farming are all good policies. If Obama were to implement Republican economic policies our country will be thrown back to the stone age, unable to compete with a global economy and only then will Republicans be happy.Did not work last time, won't work next time.

    July 21, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Tenie

    REfocusing? That would imply he even bothered before. Or maybe just more jibber jabber about how flooding the country with no skilled, wage lowering immigrants is really good for us

    July 21, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Greenspam

    As a Republican, I believe that government doesn't create jobs.

    July 21, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. bdby

    “President Barack Obama will hit the road again to talk about jobs and the economy”

    Tell him not to bother; America is getting along just fine WITHOUT HIM or his CO HORTS.

    The more he sticks his nose in the economy the worse it gets. Please Mr. President, leave well enough alone and go away.

    July 21, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. larry scarborough

    What going on with his inpeachment & his administration.

    July 21, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. S~

    Here we go again.
    More so called "stimulus" money.

    July 21, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. JS

    Everything this President want to push, he does it working the public campaign style instead of meeting with both party leaders and business people.

    The best he can do is get the government off our shoulders and especially that huge new liability called Obamacare.

    July 21, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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