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. John

    Let's get off this media fueled Zimmerman crap. Focus on real things that matter to people.

    July 21, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Frank Ch. Eigler

    With any luck, we'll hear a good speech or two on that topic. That should clear the problem right up.

    July 21, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. hiruu

    "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."

    Too bad that report just came out, about premium rates in New York dropping 50%, due to the health exchanges being implemented. The poor GOP...this kind of news is just bad to their spin narrative...lol.

    July 21, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. k1dpr

    With the furloughs going on & thousands of workers having to take time off or a pay cut, why doesn't just stay home, use the media that love him so much, & save the taxpayers millions in Secret Service & Air Force One costs?

    July 21, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Mark

    Well I guess it's better then Obama focusing on the Zimmerman trial. I thought he was about to do one of those lame retirement commercials where he goes back in time and visits himself. "I'm you, 35 years later..... Or at least I WOULD be if you learned how to solve your problems like a civilized human being rather then pounding someone's head against a sidewalk".....

    July 21, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. k1dpr

    With the furloughs going on & thousands of workers having to take time off or a pay cut, why doesn't he just stay home, use the media that love him so much, & save the taxpayers millions in Secret Service & Air Force One costs?

    July 21, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. Richard Right

    And will we hear more about the sequester he didn't want to get involved in, or the high unemployment of both black adults and especially high among black 17-24. Or will we hear about Trayvon Martin and how the President could have been a thug like him except for his grandmother. No he doesn't want to talk down to people and tell them how they should act.

    July 21, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Solidarity Forever

    They divide us by our color; they divide us by our tongue,
    They divide us men and women; they divide us old and young,
    But they'll tremble at our voices, when they hear these verses sung,
    For the Union makes us strong!

    July 21, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Robert

    Delaying requirements doesn't bolster the argument that Obamacare is bad. It just bolsters the argument that America is slow.

    July 21, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Eli

    I'm not an Obamahater, but IT'S ABOUT TIME!
    The CNN title is misleading. He is just going to "talk" about stuff to college students...

    July 21, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. liberal disease

    at this point to ask jay Carney a question and expect the truth is like waiting for the tooth fairy

    July 21, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. mrl

    yeah... we have heard this "obama to refocus on economy" about 100 times since he took office.... all that means is that he takes another expensive vacation to boost his own personal economy...

    July 21, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. libthrasher

    Sure he is... right after another vacation to Marthas Vineyard.. meanwhile the government is furloughing employees. The fool Obama thinks hes king. I cant wait for 2014 and then 2016 when we get these fool Democrats and liberals out of office

    July 21, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Ernie Zippreplat

    So that is why he is going to vacation on Martha Vinyard..to focus on jobs. How Stupid of me. How could he possibly work in the oval office with most federal employees on furlough right now. How compassionate of this president not to over work the Whitehouse personal!!!

    July 21, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. StillNotBuyingO

    Refocusing? That implies he was focused at some point. CNN once again going to bat for a failed President.

    July 21, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. joe

    Obama has been talking about the economy since he ran for presidency he needs to shut up and get out hes dobe nothing

    July 21, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. TrustKnow1

    Obama refocuses on our economy... really?

    July 21, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Jeff Edgmon

    Some jerks laid off my mother on Friday, a 68 yr old woman that has literally worked everyday of her life since she was 15. A woman that had no parents at all, lived in an orphanage her entire childhood, still managed to graduate from high school and college on her own, with no help from anyone, while working full time at night at Taco Bell and during the day for an insurance company. They called her in and told her that because they were having to pay so much more for the new healthcare cost's, that they had to let her and 3 other people go. Tells you what kind of people they are, what do they think we don't know that the healthcare law hasn't gone into effect yet? Secondly, in some areas, estimates are that it may actually save companies a bunch of money instead of costing more. Third, she didn't even need their healthcare, she qualified for SS and Medicare yrs ago. Classy people aren't they?

    July 21, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Ryan

    And of course Obama will do another one of his speeches blah blah Ect Ect we need to do one thing and one thing only to him and its one word IMPEACH

    July 21, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Joe

    Obama talking about the economy? Why? He has no clue what to do?

    July 21, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Anthony Deisla

    All talk no results. That's Democrats for you.

    July 21, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. Chris

    Ok, so he's shuffling the pea around again and hoping we can't find it. If he really wanted to help our economy he would put time limits on welfare, food stamps, public housing, Obamaphones, Obamaminutes, free healthcare, and the list goes on and on and on ....... but then again he would lose all of his support that put him into office wouldn't he?

    July 21, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. westcoast conservative

    Refocus? When was he ever focused on it?

    July 21, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Rex Remes

    Obama is going to re-focus on the economy?

    Don't you have to focus first before re-focusing?

    July 21, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. AnnonUSA

    Funny that a man so cognizant of the middle class has allowed his policies and mandates to destroy it.
    The fact that in September there is another debt ceiling crisis looming tells Americans all we should need to know. This Administration and Congress spend too much and have taken NO steps towards fixing any thing.
    The fact that the US funds spying and the militarization of our police forces and the DHS, in addition to continuing to fund (ineffective) nation building and fruitless foreign wars, makes the case clear. This country needs a voter revolt. We need to clean house in all upcoming elections.

    July 21, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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