January 22nd, 2010
10:16 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama heads back to Ohio


President Obama departed from the South Lawn of the White House Friday. (Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads back to Ohio Friday, his fourth trip to the state since assuming the presidency a year ago.

Obama meets with voters at a community college in Elyria, Ohio, in the northeast part of the Buckeye State. The White House says the president will talk with workers and business owners about putting more Americans back to work. The trip to Lorian Country is the second stop on the what the administration calls the "White House to Main Street Tour."

The unemployment level in Ohio now stands at 10.9 percent.

President Obama first visited Ohio on March 6 of last year. The president attended a police class graduation in Columbus as part of a trip to tout the federal stimulus plan. Obama returned on July 23, to speak to voters at a townhall in Shaker Heights and made a third visit last year on September 7 to attend an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati.

Ohio is a crucial state in presidential elections. Obama won Ohio by 5 points over Republican Sen. John McCain in the 2008 election. According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in November, 45 percent of voters in the state approved of the job Obama's doing in the White House, with half of those questioned disapproving of his performance as president.

Ohio also has some high profile contests this November, including governor and senator.

- CNN's Becky Brittain and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Capt. Snarky

    It will be interesting to hear his comments, and see if he's able to temper his arrogance towards the electorate. After all, it's only taken a year for him to "hear what they are saying"......

    January 22, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Vicki Johnson

    He needs to quit running around the country so much. Every time he gets on Air Force One it costs me, the taxpayer, a lot of money! He can begin working on increasing jobs for this country from the Oval Office. In 12 months, this is his fourth trip to Ohio! How many total trips has he made the last 12 months? What is the total expense for all the trips? Yes, the president has to travel some, but his travels are more than any other president (including George Bush–and I thought he made too many)!

    January 22, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Angry American

    How about letting ALL poilitical types in the door, not only hand pick democrates. Just like Air America, you will shuttin gdown come 2012!

    January 22, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Dale

    Seriously people

    Who can honestly approve of anything BO has done since taking office? His priorities are totally messed up. He may be a good speaker but this country is in dire need of a GREAT LEADER.

    JOBS JOBS JOBS – Oh! and if you look hard you will find our jobs in other countries

    January 22, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. liberal wingnut

    Just another empty speech. Every time Obama implements anything economically, the stock market nose dives.

    January 22, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. LIP

    Let me see, what would be the theme of the message he delivers. "Unemployment could have been much worse, but our administration has held it to 10.3%". That will make things sound much better. People in Ohio who helped vote Obama in will be much happier for the experience.
    Interesting that the banking laws that made this mess all possible, that Obama alluded to during a recent speech, were implemented during Clinton's administration back in 1999, yet Obama seems to hang all of this on George W.. Just doesn't see right that George be blamed for what congress did.

    January 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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