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. dave

    I listened to the republican senator from Nevada yesterday on meet the press. He said that he won't support the package, and then said that he just received it the night before and didn't know what was in it. Does anybody else see something wrong with that?

    February 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Lauren

    Ok, so I guess Obama has not figured out how to lead this country yet, so he is going back to the campaign trail?

    Why is he out at town hall meetings, he should be back in Washington doing his job.

    He is actually LISTENS to the people, he might find out they do not want this stimulus package, they do not want the pork. They want a job, food on the table, no stupid pet projects of high ego politicians.

    MAYBE, just maybe, someone will tell him, listen to US, the people, not Pelosi.

    February 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. 1/20/13

    Here comes the fear monger.......A President trying to scare America

    February 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. yea

    Some of you people are idiots. Just like saying, "I don't want to borrow money to go to college because I will be in debt when I graduate." You are borrowing money to make a better future for yourself. One day when you do get that high paying job or start your own business, that is what will pay the debt off, you working with a higher salary. You repubs need more then a 12 grade education. Just think if McSame would have won. Thank God he didn't.

    February 9, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Flo

    I'm glad he's going to showcase to Republicans the state of the country because seeing is believing. It is easy for politicians to distance themselves from everyday folks and to focus on their political position; as we've seen on these Sunday talk shows, but for workers the situation is more urgent and requires understanding. The dumbest answer I've heard from RNC in opposition to the stimulus is Michael Steele complaining gov't job is not a real job, only the private sector can create permanent jobs. Huh, what are they thinking. The RNC need a better argument.

    February 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. 1/20/13

    Here comes the fear monger.......A President trying to scare America.

    February 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Whitey from DC

    I can't decide which side is right? Both sides make good arguements for what they want to do. I'm so confused.

    February 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. red

    go obama!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. a little sad

    @Obama the marketing machine February 9th, 2009 10:21 am ET

    Things that make sense do not need to be sold.

    *********************************************

    I wish that were true. However, in our "sound bite" society, only the simplistic and jingoistic get heard.

    A complicated problem requires complicated solutions. These do need to be 'sold' to be heard above the cacophony of superficial but politically appealing rhetoric.

    February 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Jackie

    Open your eyes...O'bama is not trying to reach across the aisle and work with the Republicans. I was very disappointed in his partisan speech last week. It did not sound like he is working for all of us. And regarding the stimulus...I trust McCain's opinion and judgment over any of these democrat clowns. Remember, McCain sacrificed and bled for this country...more than I can say for anyone else in this Democrat controlled Congress.

    February 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Bob Cumbers

    Wonder if anyone is going to ask the Messiah about the Buy American provision in the stimulus package? He'll crush his 'nads riding that fence?, or maybe he'll just acave on the spot. I want to hear him loloud and clear tell the epoppel in Elkhart there wil be no Buy American provision in the bailout.

    February 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. BUSHED!!!

    @Andy J, Upstate NY February 9th, 2009 10:19 am ET
    Obama, your plan is a disaster.
    We have spent almost 10 trillion since OCTOBER.
    ** He has not been President a month yet !!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Zion

    You're right hope has turned to fear, on the part of the Republicans and Conservatives that this popular president is actually taking his message to the people. I also love how they fear that the package is going to work. By the way, unlike the empty Republican rhetoric, its funny how economists are backing Obama's predictions that our economy is headed for a fall if our leaders do not act soon. There's a difference between fear and reality. We need to pray as a nation. Some of these comments are divisive, not constructive. We had enough to division.

    February 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Andy J, Upstate NY

    what you never saw during the campaign was the last part of Obama's slogan-

    "Yes we can... try to scare you into doing what we want"

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. a little sad

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

    Some of us pay our taxes, not like Geithner, Daschle, and the rest.

    *********************************************

    Or the darling of the right wing, "Joe the plumber".

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. katiec

    Voters,
    Please let the republicans know how angry and disgusted you are by their actions. Go to Gov.org, then contact elected official, then U.S senators or representatives.
    Most are answering their phones today. They need to hear from us.

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Virginia

    To Mel of Alexandria, VA – "We the people are behind you Mr. President. The Republican cult with Limbaugh as their spiritual mouth-piece does not have our best interest at heart."

    You say that the Republicans are a cult??? What about all of you who are BLINDLY following this man who is thought of as a savior by many and not finding out what he is really all about??? If you will remember, there have been numerous people leading people blindly-Hitler, Jim Jones, David Koresh, and they did nothing but spout fear and hate. This so called spirit of bipartisanship is just a facade for what we have to face for the next four years.....it is a very scary proposition!!! I for one will be glad when these four years are up, if we live that long.

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. obama-mama

    All the bloggers on here that's talking crap that voted Bush in office twice should shut their mouths. Because of him we're in a pile of crap.

    February 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. UNEDUCATED AMERICA

    how can we fix the problem when everyone is talking about fixing the consequences?

    all we are talking about is removing the consequences of our actions, and placing the burden on unborn americans and the few americans who insulated themselves from such irresponsible spending, borrowing and obviously uneducated voting.

    gov't is not the answer to your problems- gov't and your lack of responsiblity are the problems.

    the only people who warned us about these housing bubbles, credit bubbles- are still being called crazy- even after what they said would happen- did happen.

    we need to re-instate the constitution-
    we need to take responsiblity for ourselves- not depending on a central gov't-
    we need the gov't to do it's only job- defense

    just like this country was founded-

    independence is the answer- if not- then take down the Statue of Liberty and send it back to France.

    land of the kool-aid drinking sheep- home of the afraid and ignorant

    February 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. pray2008pray

    The comments!!!!! Unreal!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. pray2008pray

    Jackie... What have you done for this country?

    February 9, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. ray

    i wish and pray that all republicans burn in hell soon.

    February 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. mfelder

    President Obama is asking us to invest money in our future. We've spent over 10 trillion in the last 10 years. What has it gotten us. Let's make our investment work by investing in our infrastructure now. Tell me how 3.6 million people not paying taxes is going to help us. By doing nothing, that is what we will get.

    February 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. obama-mama

    Obama the marketing machine February 9th, 2009 10:21 am ET

    Things that make sense do not need to be sold

    ____________________________________________________
    Really? It only has to be sold to closed mind (give to the rich) idiots like the republicans

    February 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Matt

    I've found some of the most ridiculous posts on here! That the plan is a farce and hope turned to fear! The American people voted for change! We didn't vote for more useless tax cuts and worn out ideas! I, as a smart american citizen, understand a few things. 1) I need to pay my taxes and I understand that the stimulus is my money but I voted for my president cause I trust in him and know that u must spend to stimulate. No one (especially flag wielding repubs complained about taxes when their money was going to a pointless war!). 2) That hope has not changed to fear and a smart individual sees that Obama supporters have the utmost hope in him. 3) That tax cuts do nothing and don't in anyway srinulte the economy!.....Please, think before you speak!

    February 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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