Obama heads home to refocus on the economy
July 24th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama heads home to refocus on the economy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to his home state of Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches intended to shift the public conversation back to the economy.

The first speech in the series will take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Obama delivered his first major economic address of his national political career eight years ago.

In an e-mail to supporters over the weekend, senior White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer linked the Obama's themes to the major economic addresses of his presidency.

"Almost five years after the financial crisis fueled a devastating recession, and two years after a debate over whether or not America would pay its bills that harmed our recovery, the president will return to Knox College to kick off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center," Pfeiffer wrote.

After spending the first six months of his second term focused on gun control and immigration and engulfed by the IRS uproar and national security crises, senior administration officials say Obama wanted to change the terms of the political debate and lay out the economic direction he feels America should take.

So he'll spend the next several weeks pushing a message focused on the middle class, delivering speeches related to job security, education, home ownership, health care and retirement.

Polls show many Americans are still concerned about unemployment and the economy overall even though indicators show an improving recovery and Wall Street is again in record territory. Additionally, there are new questions about college affordability, and new pressure from Congress over his sweeping health care initiative.

"Over the course of that period of time you will hear new policy initiatives from the president," said Press Secretary Jay Carney. "But part of what he is trying to do in Galesburg at Knox College is to refocus our attention on what he believes are the central issues that we face as a country here, at least domestically, and that is the need to continue to grow the middle class."

Carney avoided saying whether Wednesday's speech would include any specific policy proposals, instead saying Obama would take the opportunity to lay out his economic "vision."

A senior administration official confirmed that in his speech at Knox College, the president would lay out the broad differences between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to the economic challenges facing the middle class. Then in speeches throughout the fall, the president will propose new policy and new approaches to specific policy issues.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. onlyfacts

    There are two types of people, open minded or not open minded. There is no in between. You either have the ability to see the Republican obstructionism or you don't and you are therefore clueless. It has become obvious that people who vote Republican are ignorant, narrow minded people, Democrats tend to be curious, understanding, open minded. Its a shame the narrow minded people can bring us all down and don't even see what they are doing!

    July 24, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  2. loyalright

    Is this another laser like focus similar to last time? We are so doomed.

    July 24, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. king

    obama need to do 2 things in the economy, make sure that repubs doesn't destroy obamacare, which has almost half my family working, and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
    our healthcare system is 1/5th of our economy, since the obamacare inception our country has been moving upward from the second greatest financial disaster our country have ever seen, we might not be the united states of America anymore, but a third world country instead if the recession was still on the direction it was heading. obamacare is the nucleus of this turn around in my mind, now if the repubs succeed in destroying obamacare and stop our economy recovery, who is to be blamed. you know what the repubs will do, they will used their superior propaganda machines to blame Obama for the economy down turn, just like they always do and get away with it, because how can you kill 1/5th of the economy and expect 1/4th to stand alone without any reaction from wall street, and millions of jobs that this law has created. why doesn't the repubs mess with those privatized big oil companies that are robbing the American people blind with those high gas prices. we cannot allow them to privatize healthcare and have the healthcare industries commence on the dragging of the American people also.

    July 24, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  4. 82ndABNVET

    Oh crap! Detroit went under, now we need to focus on the economy. Maybe we can stop stoking the flames of racial divide over the Zimmerman verdict, because it wasnt about race at all.

    And as long as we are focusing on the economy, why dont we take a look at Obamacare. All it is doing is keeping people that want to work a full time job from doing so. As long as you do not work over 30 hours, the company doesnt have to provide you with health care. Thus, they are only hiring part time workers. How is that going to help the economy?

    I am all about reforming the healthcare system. I just had a surgery that was way more expensive than it should have been for only being on the table for about 30 minutes. But, Obamacare is not the way to go. There has to be some other way of getting healthcare expenses down for the working class.

    But for everything that is holy, please get the economy going. And I dont mean by bailing cities or industries out. We do not need to go further into debt. Right now, the federal debt is at a staggering $16.8 TRILLION. That equates to roughly $148,000.00 per tax payer. I dont know about you, but that would mean I would have to work for 3 years or more without keeping a dollar for myself to pay off my share of the debt. We dont need anymore.

    Fix the economy. Gun laws wont fix it. Climate laws wont fix it. Sending money and military equipment to other countries wont fix it.

    July 24, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    What Economy?? You are importing too many foreigners especially from India into this nation causing this nation go doldrums. Do you know this truth? One guy messed with WARS this guy messing with foreign invasion. Tighten this immigration system. These guys rob our benefits. Know this truth.

    July 24, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  6. TomInRochNY

    Yeah, republicans, where are the JOBS, JOBS, JOBS you promised us? Why aren't you investing in our outdated and crumbling infrastructure? Why are you making it easier for business to export jobs and import cheap labor? What's YOUR plan?

    July 24, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  7. Scott Downer

    They will never Secure the Border ..Methadone Clinics are a muti billion $ business and Obama care will make good people pay for the worst of our population. My town we now have 5 drug stores in my town in New Hampshire and 3 gas stations what does that tell you? Obamacare is care for people on with drug habits and good people to pay for methadone clinics.. hospital beds will fill beds like airports fill seats..There will be so much fraud from billing to even people being kept in Hospitals for the money they can get from insurance company's.. This is not the way to equality but will separate us domestically and colonize us all .. Our Government is the biggest cause of this they will never Secure the border they make to much money on seized cash and property .. The inside trading of drug manufacturing and the kick backs is in the trillions.. Who do you believe own these Methadone Clinics ? Our government officials I bet..We are suckers to the biggest drug lords .. Our own Government .. witch is worse the drugs they are addicted to or the Methadone they make them pay for???? that is legal . Protect our kids future and Educate sharing and Heart .

    July 24, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |