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. allan

    Everyone including the president needs to get serious about saving our country before its too late. Stop giving other countires billions of our dollars we dont have. Stop these long presidental vactions for gods sake. Stop taking goverment handouts if you dont need them. Remember President Kennedy said, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. President needs to stay in DC not on the road, use the oval office, work with congress be a leader, we need one.....

    July 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Obama is focusing on jobs again! Now that is funny.

    July 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. kaneda

    That is what he said 6 years ago!

    July 21, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Lord Toronaga

    And I'm happy about the new low rates for health insurance in NY. Who would of guessed. I thought the entire project was a disaster. But here we are ... :)

    July 21, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. tmc

    getting rid of the gasoline monopoly would be a start!
    that would create several hundred thousand jobs when consumers aren't seasonally gouged at the pump and have more fuel certainty season to season, year to year. I know for a fact where I live jobs DISAPPEAR the moment gas prices begin to rise in ever run-up we've had from Katrina to Sandy, to middle east excuses to local man-made refinery and production disruptions, etc. let every state make ethanol locally and sell it dirt cheap from municipal waste.

    July 21, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Tony T

    We heard this song before.......no more. When ever he wants to change the subject he rolls out the same BS on jobs and the economy. What makes him think that in his last 3 years he cannot accomplish that he couldn't do in his first five. The man is truly delusional!!

    July 21, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. candes888

    Kind of late to refocus on anything.

    July 21, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. White House Monitor 2483

    Let me be clear: Obama will focus like a laser on the economy after he's done distracting everyone from the various scandals and Detroit going bankrupt with his opinions on the Zimmerman case.

    July 21, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Adak95

    All Obama ever does is campaign and vacation, he does throw blame around pretty well too. I wonder what would happen if he worked every once in a while.

    July 21, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. McBob79

    Yes indeed! More rhetoric and talk from the sequester king, the spin doctor in chief. More talk with a lot of blame and no results... It's called disfunctional.

    July 21, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Dominic

    Here we go again. Another economic plan another way to put the country deeper in debt. This man is the definition of failure.

    July 21, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Buck

    "...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."
    What about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. That's kind of dominated the summer, me thinks.

    July 21, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. DD

    Cheap talk is all you ever see from him... I cant believe I voted for him the first time.

    July 21, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Name

    Hahaha wish we had a leader not a puppet

    July 21, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Jim

    Is this a joke?

    July 21, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Jimh77

    Good, concentrate on bring jobs back to America and get the true 14% unemployed back to work.

    July 21, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Taco

    Sure...because he's been doing so well with his first round of "brilliant" ideas for the economy... The best thing he can do is not touch it. It's like letting a child play with a gun unsupervised...

    July 21, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. O's the man

    Gee he is pivoting again to the economy, and jobs. He pivots so much he must be really dizzy. Be nice if he focused on things and got them fixed. He spends to much time and taxpayer $ flying all over. What a waste.

    July 21, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Willy100

    It is Wonderful that the WH is focusing on the DEBT – But, it would be better if the US did not have so many CAMPAIGN costs and simply have the WH sit in Congress and TELL those guys to SPEND LESS

    July 21, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Philip

    The idiot speaks.
    Fear is going to take over the market again.

    July 21, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Doo doo brown

    Well at least we have all these unemployed coal miners waiting for your "shovel ready" jobs now mr. President. Oh you don't have any shovel ready jobs.

    July 21, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Michael

    Needs to focus on something.
    I hope he doesn't turn me into a Republican!

    July 21, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. jschmidt

    Obama is great a transforming full time jobs into part time ones as employers try to figure out to escape the job killing Obamacare. Weakest recovery since WWII, lowest labor participations rate of 63.5% since 1979.

    July 21, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. jerry

    It's about time. Maybe he can do it between vacations.

    July 21, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Sherri Bertrand

    Glad he will focus on the economy. It needs a lot of help!

    July 21, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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