Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college
July 21st, 2013
08:00 PM ET
10 years 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. gate

    Try focusing on the 4th Amendment for a minute.

    July 22, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  2. iceload9

    After 5 years he is going to talk about unemployment. He better check the fortune 500 and make sure they ok'd it

    July 22, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  3. Jim970

    My first reaction to this article was; Why? He cannot be elected again. Then it occurred to me; He is on the campaign trail for the mid-term elections. Apparently this is what Obama does best – campaign. He isn't doing all that great in Washington, has really stirred up anger and suspicion over Martin/Zimmerman, and accomplished next to nothing overseas. So, back to his only capability, campaigning. Sad.

    July 22, 2013 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  4. bill Davis

    Obama would love to have America end up like Detroit City

    Chicago is a close 2nd,,

    Spend and promise everything. Tax the worker to death....Spread the wealth..

    July 22, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  5. Mathmattx

    Why the shift....ohhh because if Obama had a City it would be Detroit.

    July 22, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. TampaJohn

    The GOP has been an albatross since 2009 to this countrys economic recovery! They are against any decent jobs package that President Obama has proposed and they were against extending unemployment insurance.They have tried to repeal Obamacare 33 times,when they could have spent that energy crafting a jobs bill! Get rid of the useless hvper partisans in 2014 and then we will see a stronger recovery.Federal spending should be increased on major infrastructure projects!

    July 22, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  7. neal

    why don't we talk about THE SECRETETIVE ....Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty...(T.P.P.) that Obama is secretly negotiating....which will OUT SOURCE MILLIONS OF JOBS....as well as create new laws...making it LEGAL for BIG BUSINESS/CORPORATIONS...to file suit against the FEDERAL GOVT....if regulations are put in place...or any such attempt is done. Obama is a TWO FACED $NAKE!!!! read about the T.P.P. google it...its only one thing for OUR ECONOMY.......BAD........

    July 22, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  8. Tiffany

    what if you have health insurance and hospitals still send you a bill over something petty? I took my child to the emergency room due to where she was stung by a bee and they gave her a popsicle and said she would be just fine then she recieves a bill of over $170.00 sum dollars thats ridiciolus

    July 22, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  9. Tim Tully Sr

    The reason Obama delayed ACA until 2015 was to keep the reality of the impact out of the 2014 elections- shrewd political move by someone too shrewd for the GOP to handle.

    July 22, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  10. cbp

    Hopefully Congress will take this as a cue to start working together to keep us moving forward. Enough bickering already. The time has come to get to work and do the job they are paid by us, the American people.

    It would be lovely to say no work, no pay!

    July 22, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  11. Mike from Illinois

    Obama to "talk" about economy. I guess that tells us all we need to know. Keep the unemployment checks coming.

    July 22, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  12. Dee

    Because he knows they have been suppressing the economy, debt, bond buying, and the truth is coming out. Its this commies fault. He will tell you how he hates whats happening, but its all his policy going on year 6

    July 22, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  13. ermentrude

    If he celebrates more low income jobs, and part time jobs, he will look no different than the Koch brother saying a $36k yearly income puts you in the top 1%. I don't what he is going to say. I don't know what he can say. The new ideas better be good. The old ones are worn out.

    July 22, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  14. PeaceOfficer5376

    Oh, we're finally returning to the economy after spending so much time and effort on denigrating Republicans, opining about mythical and non-existent sons ("If I had a son"), comparing criminals to shoppers, and trying desperately to start a race war. About time.

    July 22, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  15. Ulysses

    I see... a little lip service on the economy, then back to policies that crush jobs and fuel inflation.

    July 22, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  16. JEM

    Its too difficult and expensive to hire people.
    Too many regulations and taxes. Too much government.

    July 22, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  17. tmitchell

    giving the situation we were facing in 2008 I ask honestly do people feel like the war mongering McCain/Palin would have been better for America??.. in 2012 again I ask honestly if people feel the only appeal to the uppers of America Romney would have been better for the white house?? AND PLEASE IGNORE THE TROLLS.. only honest replies are required!!

    July 22, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  18. Yunny

    Can anyone give me an example what he focuses on and turning to be good~?

    July 22, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  19. Saviour Imukudo

    Obamacare should revisited if it will create jobs

    July 22, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. Timothy Rigney

    Thank goodness the Republicans won't perceive this as being spoon-fed an opportunity to say "he should have been focusing on the economy all along." Way to go, handlers, WAY to go! . . . .

    July 22, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  21. Martin

    Worst president ever.

    July 22, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  22. Marc

    What a joke! Oh, nevermind Holder, NSA, the IRS, selective mandates, "I could have been Trayvon"...let's talk about something else, shall we? I know! Let's do some cheerleading on jobs! Yeah, that's it! Then we won't have to deal with those unpleasant things.

    I cannot believe I actually voted for this guy.

    July 22, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  23. 56 chevy guy

    HE should go to Detroit and share a few thoughts about the "folks" that have been running that city for the last few decades .. how they share the same vision and agenda...

    July 22, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  24. ted oldgent

    So what does that mean he's been currently focused on?

    July 22, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  25. Anthony

    Really! He's FINALLY going to focus on the economy?! Because the first time he 'focused' on the economy he approved quantative easing and we all know how well that works.

    July 22, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
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