February 9th, 2009
09:52 AM ET
13 years ago

President Obama no stranger to Elkhart

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/09/art.boelkhart0209.gi.jpg caption="Then-Sen. Obama spoke with Sam and Dannielle Ericson while canvassing for votes in Elkhart, Indiana last May. Obama will return to the town as president on Monday."]
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's no stranger to Elkhart, Indiana, where he's holding a town hall meeting today to promote his plan to stimulate the economy.

Obama made a short stop in the northern Indiana city in early May, when he was battling Hillary Clinton for his party's presidential nomination. Clinton narrowly edged Obama in the primary, but she ended up dropping out of the race for the White House a month later.

Obama returned to Elkhart and held a rally in the northern Indiana city in early August, when he was fighting Republican Sen. John McCain for the presidency. Obama edged out McCain by 1 percentage point in the general election, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1964.

Elkhart's unemployment rate topped 15 percent in December, about triple what it was a year ago. The city's jobless rate is about double the national average - a number of the nation's top recreational vehicle makers are located in Elkhart, and hundreds of workers at those plants have lost their jobs.


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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Levnini Tonga

    Too much hate, for the new president!

    February 9, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Meh

    pk49> Speak for yourself. I DO think it will work. Remember: you can't fix 8 years of MESS in a few weeks. It's going to take time. But I do believe it will work.
    If you have a better idea, let's hear it!
    And don't say "tax cuts", b/c we see how well THAT worked...

    Jean> Sweetie, it's not FEAR, it's REALITY. At last we have a president who actually DOES something instead of spending 3/4 of his presidency on vacation, but all you guys can do is complain.
    Any succesfully wealthy person knows that you have to spend money to make money. Of course, the rich republicans *Know* it will work, but they don't want to chip in their share b/c they want to horde it all for themselves!

    February 9, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    The Obama Who Cried Wolf February 9th, 2009 10:24 am ET

    Let's see how many times he can say CATASTROPHE. Someone needs to tell this guy that you don't need to spend $820 billion (plus $35 billion in interest) to stimulate the economy. He needs to remember that he's spending OUR money. Some of us pay our taxes, not like Geithner, Daschle, and the rest.
    ---------------
    FYI: The reason he uses the word "catastrophe" is to avoid using the word "depression". Don't listen to Obama. Listen to the economists, both liberal AND conservative.

    We're all in denial that we're dangerously close to a depression. Not as bad as the Great Depression, but a depression nonetheless.

    A depression is simply a severe recession (which everyone knows we're in now), that lasts several years, instead of one or two. We're in the third year now, and things are still getting worse, so it will be another three before we're back to normal.

    That's five or six years, which makes this a DEPRESSION!!!

    February 9, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. reduce mortgages and rates for people, obama!

    then we will talk.

    people on main street are NOT as stupid as you and wall street thieves think we are.

    February 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Sniffit

    @ Obama the marketing machine

    The only reason he has to sell it is because the GOP is fearmongering about it and using misinformation about the stimulus bill to scare people...not to mention regurgitating their tired "tax cuts" and "trickle down economics" nonsense, coupled with a smattering of blabber about "socialism" even though it's neither true nor accurate and their economic ideology has been disproven. The GOP is digging its own grave.

    February 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. jim

    Obama wants to limit salaries of businesses but why are the salaries of congress not reduced?
    Why are welfare people not forced to work?
    Why are food stamps not limited to basic low cost food and not expensive food items taxpayers can not afford?
    Why is Obama increasing the # of federal employees and not reducing departments?
    Why is Obama breaking promises but not allowing comments on his website on bills?

    February 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Two heads are better than one

    It's too bad the Republicans lost credibility.
    We could have used them.

    February 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. karen-Phoenix

    Great President for the people!!! Down with ALL republicans!!!

    February 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Looking for Truth

    Bring it to the people O mighty and magnificent ONE

    HIM; CHANGE
    ME; WHAT DOES THAT MEAN
    HIM CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN
    ME; I DON'T FOLLOW YOU
    HIM; YES WE CAN
    ME; DO WHAT?
    HIM; CHANGE
    ME; ARE YOU A LITTLE OFF YOUR MEDS
    HIM; WHERE IS MY SPEECH WRITER, THEY ARE ON TO ME

    February 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

    "Just like our king Lembuagh says, we can't let 'that one' make history and take away our privileges with the corporations, so we'll just let the country suffer, go into a depression and position ourselves as heroes. 'WE' were just fine before that ______ was sworn in. He'll let the rest of the country benefit economically, especially in the 'urban' areas and with the poor. That's not in OUR plan!"

    RICH REPUBLICANS AND CORPORATIONS' STRATEGY TO DEFEAT OBAMA
    *POOR REPUBLICANS ARE EXPLOITED*

    February 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Lisa in NC

    Sounds like hannity, limpball and o rielly are posting here.

    February 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. no tax dollars for wall street and corporate thieves!

    people on main street are NOT as stupid as you and wall street thieves think we are.

    STOP BUYING CORPORATE PRODUCTS NOW!

    START GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD!

    CLOSE YOUR BACK ACCOUNTS NOW!

    WALK AWAY FROM YOUR UPSIDE DOWN MORTGAGES NOW!

    February 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Pat Pickett

    Since the downturn of the economy, it has been harder for me to keep up on monthly payments. What am I doing to fix this? Moving in with my son until things get brighter.

    February 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Shirley

    The Republicans got us in this mess, Araq War, no regulation on mortgages. It will take Obama to straighten this out, Thank god McCain was not picked. There should be an age limit on Senators after a while they become Senile!

    February 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Maggie from Virginia

    Dave – Thank you for waking up! I pray for others to awaken from the GOP stupor before it's too late.

    February 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. no tax dollars for wall street and corporate thieves!

    people on main street are NOT as stupid as you and wall street thieves think we are.

    STOP BUYING CORPORATE PRODUCTS NOW!

    START GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD!

    CLOSE YOUR BACK ACCOUNTS NOW!

    WALK AWAY FROM YOUR UPSIDE DOWN MORTGAGES NOW!

    these are the only measures we the people have

    to stop murderous thieves from enslaving you and your children!

    February 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Al

    When will America learn? Spending does not fix the economy. The New Deal did not get us out of the Great Depression...WWII did. War production did. (i.e.= creating jobs.) President Obama- offering tax breaks to help more businesses create jobs will fix our economy, not spending so much that our great-great-great grandchildren will still be paying for it.

    February 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. dittohead with forty names

    Rush,the chosen one ,will be back today with his golden calf microphone to give us our talking points and lead us to the promised land of plenty.

    February 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. July

    The Obama Who Cried Wolf February 9th, 2009 10:24 am ET

    Let's see how many times he can say CATASTROPHE.
    _______________________________________________

    Did you count the times Bush said 9/11 over and over and over and over ???????????????

    February 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Dan, TX

    Trickle down economics failed. That is a fact. The republicans sucked money from us, OUR tax dollars and gave it all to the rich. Why, because they believe that rich people must be smarter than others because the only thing that matters is accumulation of wealth to prove if you are a good person or not. That is the republican philosophy and it is as bankrupt as much as the economy that philosophy created.

    February 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. REF

    lets see we are told to go green for our cildrens sake so we give them a better country but we are told to spend trillions so our children have to pay our overindulges. makes no sense. b/4 all you dems place blame on bush rember the prez cant spend a dime without congressional approval.. obama didnt find this deficet he and all the croonies in dc repub. and dems. spent us into debt the senate has been in control by dems since 04 the house since 06. so lets get real they all screw us lets face this problem like adults and not ask our children to. throw out all the bumbs and obama too.

    February 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Debbie

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200902050027?f=h_top

    February 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. sensible Cape Coral FL

    The worst words in the English have got to be: "The vote was along strick Party Lines." Party loyalty is to be admired but taken to an extreme, it becomes an absurdity

    February 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Obama the marketing machine February 9th, 2009 10:22 am ET

    Things that make sense do NOT need to be sold.
    -------------------------
    Most of us are economically illiterate. That's our school system's fault. How many of us know what Keynesian economics is? I learned it in college, but forgot it. They didn't teach it in high school.

    I don't blame you for disagreeing, but it's like disagreeing that torquing the head of a Ford Duratec engine requires six steps, not the usual two. You probably wouldn't even recognize a Ford Duratec engine if you saw one.

    February 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Tennessee Libertarian

    The only CHANGE we'll be experiencing under BHO is what CHANGE we'll be giving the FEDS after they have taken all our $.

    I don't see anything new, it's the same old liberal-socialist-pinko commie "from those with to those without", wealth redistribution, the Federal Government knows all, those who work will support those who won't.

    Obama's real name must be Wesley Mouch or James Taggart (see "Atlas Shrugged").

    The Dem's keep regurgitating all this "stimulus" puke – well, I am not a dog, I do not eat vomit.

    February 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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