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. Rudy NYC

    tom l.

    What happened to the summer of recovery?
    Republicans decided to conduct a debt ceiling debacle, instead.

    July 22, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. TONE

    All you Obama haters on this post you better recognise he and the democrats got this economy back on track the gop did nothing but obstruct we would have had a lower unemployment rate if boner could have controled the UNAmerican teatrolls who should be tried for treason.

    July 22, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Boomer in Mo

    Stimulus bill was passed before Bush left office.

    July 22, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. TONE

    When will the republicans focus on the economy i forgot they never focus on anything except themselves, their rich buddies and the next election.

    July 22, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    @Rudy, You say that the Republicans were dedicated to him getting nothing done but he passed the ACA, the Financial Reform Act, the "Stimulus" and several other bills that he wanted. Plus he did some things on his own like the Dream Act, repealing DADT, etc. He has accomplished plenty. Unfortunately, for us Americans, none of it worked.
    I guess that depends upon one's definition of "worked". We were shedding 750,000 jobs per month when Pres. Obama was sworn in. The stock market was dipping under 6000. GDP was running somewhere between -7% and -3%, some say that GDP had "peaked" at -9%.

    Republicans have blocked numerous bills that were designed to specifically help the economy: i.e. The American Jobs Act

    July 22, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. mdcambridge

    Pay no attention to the NSA police state we are building behind a curtain.

    July 22, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Jerry

    After almost 6 years at the helm. Wow! Way to go Mr. Presidente. Also, don't forget that if you had a city it would look like Detroit!!!

    July 22, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Tom1940

    While the President may try to refocus on the economy – (he should have been focused on the economy, private sector job creation, and getting things going again, from day one) – now, in my opinion, he is trying to direct folks attention away from the chaos, turmoil, bad government, and "broken" administration as typified by 4-5 ongoing scandals wracking his Administration and bringing serious doubt to peoples minds about his ability to lead. It is sad to note, that if this was any other President, there would be impeachment talk and fist fighting in the halls of Congress to dump this broken, sad, disfunctional and out-of-control Democrat Administration as soon as possible.

    July 22, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    NOW !!!
    Watch "MY" finger this time.


    TRUST "ME"
    ALL of america can be like DETROIT
    just give us enough time in office.

    July 22, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Lib

    Thank you Mr. President, The only person in Washington working. It's as the congresswoman said, it is hard to legislate when you have a lot of GOP hatemongers and crazy fanatics. Why some americans fail to see the lunatics on the GOP side is beyond me. Get rid of them and this country would be just fine.

    July 22, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Gagg

    Well, that's a relief. Now that Obama is "pivoting" to jobs and the economy, everything will solve itself. Not to worry...

    July 22, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Larry in Houston

    """"He'll talk about the progress we've made together, the challenges that remain, and the path forward"""
    Thanks CNN, for the laugh of the day .
    # 1 ) We got Obama, b/c we either had to vote for the one who was going to keep us in a perpetual war, or the In-experienced one, period
    # 2 ) This country Had to Vote for him again, b/c it was either vote for someone who was constantly "flip-flopping" on every Issue there was, (even his own) + the fact that he got off (& had a history) on buying plants / businesses / factories / & shutting them down / selling them for a profit / & placing the $$$$ in off shore accnts.

    So – now let's go over this again – who would you rather take your chances with ?? I guess I would also take my chances with an in-experienced one, who "might" ( yes, might ) turn things around. But, too bad, it's too little, & too late. But still much better than when "dubya" was in office, ( when dubya was in office, the last few months)
    case closed

    July 22, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. U.S. Citizen

    More redirects and fakes.
    This Nation has taken too many of his sucker punches.

    July 22, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Bill from GA

    Boomer in Mo
    " Stimulus bill was passed before Bush left office. "

    The Stimulus Bill was enacted by Congress in February 2009 and signed into law on February 17, 2009.

    July 22, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Richard Long

    Just remember kids... It was, is, and will forever be Bush's fault.

    July 22, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Mike

    We have the fed performing QE by purchasing garbage assets from the banks to help prop things up. The GOP sits on their hind ends and repeal much needed health care and pass abortion bills and make up fake crisis to investigate and huff and puff about. How about we follow a stimulus plan that spends money rebuilding our infrastructure. At least the money would go to something tangible and put folks back to work. Currently the stimulus with QE does nothing to rebuild our infrastructure and little to get people back on the employment rolls.

    July 22, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. TooLittleTooLate

    Obama's agenda on the economy: make good (teleprompter) speeches appeasing the left, do nothing concrete to boost business, delay (illegally) provisions of his misguided healthcare legislation in hopes it will not further harm the economy until after the 2014 elections

    July 22, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Al

    It's always been the economy. Obama is the one that can't get it right...

    July 22, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Al

    News Flash.............Obama tells the truth for once! Just kidding. America knows that could NEVER happen.

    July 22, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Gunderson

    Gunderson no understand. You promise unemployment be 6.7 percent after first term. I used to have full time job. Now only part time. So please Mr. President don't do me any more favors. I can't afford em.

    July 22, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. AzPatriot

    Anything to take the attention off him and his administrations scandals.

    July 22, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Jabbadahut

    Anyone who backs this clown in office gets what they have coming to them, a bunch of lies and empty promises. Libs enjoy.

    July 22, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. qa

    simple.....stop outourcing, bring back our jobs from india and china.,,,,,,,stop the illegals from working here.....we would have hardly any unemployed and billions in new taxes....but out governement is corrupt, and obama heads the list

    July 22, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. qa

    obama did nothing about the detroit problem;......he does not care.......

    July 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. king

    hmm let me see: a automobile crash, housing crash, stockmarket crash, financial sector crash, 80 thousand a month crash, -9 percent economic retraction crashetc. how many of us would want to take over a spiraling out of control country like that. Obama did and did one of the best jobs any other previous president could have done. he set up this country by traveling the world and selling amerian goods, now big companies which were vertually wiped of the map just a few years back, is the most prosperous they've ever been, in this country's history before the financial disaster. Obama sat up this country for prosperity by bringing businesses back to the four front of our economy so they can hire folks, because of the repubs crying about government is too big. Obama did what he should he sat up dying companies to have more money than they've ever had or seen. so why aren't they hiring. and dont tell me about regulations and high taxes,because we have some of the lowest regulations and big companies doesn't pay any taxes, even though the rate is 38 percent.

    July 22, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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