Obama embarks on jobs tour

President hopes to convince Americans economy is recovering.
Associated Press
May 10, 2013

Aiming to show he's still focused on creating jobs, President Barack Obama is beginning a series of quick trips around the country to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union address that became overshadowed by the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts.

Obama on Thursday was dropping in on Austin, Texas, and using that bustling state capital as a backdrop to talk about attracting jobs, providing skills training and ensuring that hard work begets a decent living.

The president argued in February's State of the Union address that an economy that is growing and creating well-paying middle-class jobs must be the guiding principle for Washington policymakers. He proposed a broad expansion of pre-kindergarten to accommodate every 4-year-old, calling it a smart investment that will help improve educational outcomes, along with raising the federal minimum wage to $9 to help working families. Both ideas faced almost immediate resistance from some lawmakers who said the proposals cost too much and could stunt the economy, and Obama has barely discussed either proposal since then.

At the time of the speech, the debate over gun-control legislation was heating up following the December massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school. A bipartisan group of senators was drafting a sweeping immigration bill desired by both political parties, and Congress and the White House were blaming each other for $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that would kick in March 1.

The series of field trips Obama begins Thursday marks an attempt by the president to remind the public that he hasn't forgotten about the issue that concerns them the most: the economy and jobs. The outing also comes amid questions about whether the second-term president has enough sway to get his agenda through a divided Congress before attention turns to the November 2014 midterm elections.

Since his second inauguration, Obama has lost a bid to expand background checks for gun buyers and was similarly unsuccessful at getting lawmakers to undo the spending cuts. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin considering and voting on scores of proposed changes to the immigration bill, which is facing opposition from conservatives, religious leaders and others.

His jobs proposals have stalled in Congress, with Republicans showing no interest in job-creation plans based on new federal spending. They also argue that Obama's regulatory regime and new health care law — the president's signature domestic policy achievement to date — are hindering more robust job growth.

"The president doesn't seem to understand that it's his policies that are undermining economic growth and job creation," House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday as the president departed.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ridiculed Obama's trip as mere image-building.

"If you're someone who's all about the visual, then of course putting on a pair of goggles or showing up at a factory is a great way to at least look like you're doing something about job creation," he said.

By traveling to Texas to begin this renewed attention to his jobs initiatives, Obama is choosing a state represented by two of the most conservative Republican members of the U.S. Senate — John Cornyn and tea party hero Ted Cruz. Texas also has the second-highest Hispanic population in the country, an attractive demographic group for Democrats and a key audience for Obama as he also pushes for an overhaul of immigration laws.

Obama's effort to highlight jobs and the economy is buoyed by last Friday's positive jobs report, which found that the unemployment rate had dipped to a four-year low of 7.5 percent in April and employers had added 165,000 jobs — and that far more jobs were added in in February and March than previously thought.

"He's focusing on economic issues that are at the core of his agenda, and have always been at the core of his agenda," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

But the slowly improving economy masks the stagnant wages and fewer working hours that strike directly at the president's base of support — young people, racial minorities and the less affluent. The average unemployment rate in the first three months of the year was 7.7 percent, but the rate was 13.6 percent for blacks and 9.5 percent for Latinos.

Before Obama departed Washington for a stay of about five hours in Texas, the White House announced a pair of initiatives it said would help the economy in the absence of action by Congress.

The administration announced the launch of a competition to create three new Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, partnerships among businesses, universities and government to help U.S.-based manufacturers and workers create good jobs. Five federal agencies — Defense, Energy, Commerce, NASA and the National Science Foundation — are putting $200 million toward the effort. The president also will ask Congress for a one-time investment of $1 billion to create a nationwide network of 15 such institutes.

The White House also announced an executive order and other steps to make government data more easily available to entrepreneurs, researchers and others who can then use the information to create new products and services, build businesses and create jobs.

Obama planned to visit Manor New Tech High School near Austin, where the curriculum is based on science, technology, engineering and math. He'll hold separate meetings with middle-class workers and technology entrepreneurs, and visit Applied Materials, a high-tech company whose products help make goods like smartphones, flat-screen TVs and solar panels more affordable, according to its website.

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Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report.

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Comments

shucks

It's spelled y-o-u-'-r-e ,YOU'RE...not YOUR.
As used in a sentence: 'arnmcrmn, you're a creep'.

FAILED AGAIN !!!

Alex Jones....bwahahahahahah!

arnmcrmn

thats called an iphone auto correct....oh thats right, you probably know that since you have an Obamaphone. salon.com....getting political advice from a hair site...err wanna be hair site? Talk about ultimate failure. And chump, you are quite the stalker, you always and persistently have to follow up my posts and Contango's with some off topic jab.....typical liberal. Id beat you in a debate and beat you in real life. I'd love to see what you actual look like and what you actually do besides site behind a computer and copy and paste all day long. salon.com......the place to get your political news. Oh and Fox News is still number 1 and CNN faked its interview. Google CNN FAKES SATELLITE INTERVIEW.........ill let you pick one of the millions of sites that come up with the same story. CNN and you = FAKE.

shucks

You started stalking me.
You have been stalking me.
I'd love to beat you too, creep.
Crawl back in your hole.

The Big Dog's back

What it really means is that what I've been saying is true. Right wingers get their marching orders from Fox. It also says those on the left don't need to watch TV to form an opinion and sort out facts from fiction. I believe that's being LIBERAL.

swiss cheese kat

Yeah, but at the end of the day it will be the Republican's fault?

shucks

The Big Dog's back

No doubt-they really dont think.
They let Fox,Rush etc. think for them.
"Together we stand, divided we fall".
The USA is in serious trouble because of the Republicans.
( You already know,but this is for the Repuppetcans)

Really are you ...

Military personnel are on a need to know basis. Your military rank determines how much you know about the current situation, whatever that situation may be. Overall your boss is the commander in chief, the President of the United States. Our voices as citizens can barely make a difference in the political process in DC. The United States Congress is pretty well bought out by special interest groups. Congress needs term limits like the president. The government has control over what the news channels air. Where did Dylan Ratigan from MSNBC go?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHgM8SUA...

arnmcrmn

Why not......lets honor some terrorists......Only in the liberal world would this ever happen.
Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama were killed by an Israeli air strike Nov. 20, 2012 while working for Al-Aqsa Television, a Hamas-funded media outlet designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury Department. While their supporters consider them to have been journalists, a 2010 report from Treasury said the TV station is “financed and controlled by Hamas,” and “airs programs and music videos designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/201...

coasterfan

I know it's inconvenient to the Republicans who have posted already, but history does exist further back than 2009. No discussion on the current job situation in America is complete without pointing out a few things: #1 We were losing 800,000 jobs per MONTH during the final few months of the Bush presidency. #2 the situation began to quickly turn around under Obama, and we've had 30+ consecutive months of job growth.

I will choose slow improvement under Democrats any day, over what Republicans have to offer.

Darwin's choice

Coasterfan says "slow improvement under Democrats". Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!
Koolaid again........
Or, did you mean "slow" as in Obama's response to calls for help from Benghazi?

eriemom

Running for President already. Give it up. Benghazi will not stop Clinton from becoming the next President and it won't get Obama impeached.

swiss cheese kat

If your gonna vote for Clinton, you better vote for somebody else to prove you're not an idiot!

Contango

@ coasterfan:

Those were and are essentially "McJobs."

Thank the Fed Res's QE and ZIRP for just about any and all economic improvements.

In Aug. 2012 at Jackson Hole, WY, Mr. Bernanke said that the Fed was responsible for the creation of 2 million jobs:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/ne...

KnuckleDragger

LOL, still blaming Bush I see. What a loser.

TrollingRageind...

Obama, and every other bed wetting socialist liberals should be kicked out of office. Their views (excluding some ethics) are unconstitutional. American's that vote have failed their responsibility to vote for the best candidate, instead they vote for the "brotha" that is going to give them more on their welfare or give them a phone or computer.
Conservatives are no better but this is about Obama.
Hopefully a good capitalist president will be elected in 2016, or that's it.
Integrating government and private enterprise, what are they thinking? No business should be able to receive a bailout payed by tax dollars. You even have businesses helping push bills such as CISPA.
Socialism DOES NOT WORK people, it's time we finally embrace real capitalism, and set an example for the rest of the world. If you work you should be proud, whether you are a garbage man, a CEO, working at McDonalds, or even cleaning enema bags.
People receiving government assistant, whether it be food stamps, welfare, or Social Security, should not be able to vote. Countries should be sending goods to each other, not soldiers. I take a yellow bubbly leak on Obama and all he does is look back at me with a yellow smile. Down with socialism, down with the totalitarianism that is soon to come, down with feminism, and down with ignorance. Do some research next time you vote.

Pterocarya frax...

Trollin, trollin, trollin......keep that hate a rollin...!!!

HaHaHaHa...best comment of the week pal! You make my day by condemning socialist liberals for being unconstitutional, and then advocating taking constitutional rights (voting) away from Americans. The funniest part is you don't even see the disconnect.

Oh, and thank you for the little bit of gratuitous racism as well.

KnuckleDragger

^^typical lib, when you can't win an argument claim racism. Another white guilter stuck on the Obama train.

TrollingRageind...

You can't expect anything else from them.

swiss cheese kat

The pro-obamaphiles are scratching around for anything that might work. Hillary in 2016? What idiot do you have to be to think she will win in 2016?

Its like asking a lazy idiot why wouldn't they want a stick shift?

The Big Dog's back

Sieg Heil trolling. You and winnie have a lot in common.

Contango

DERP!

eriemom

Our country's form of government is a Constitutional Republic. Capitalism is our type of economics. Do not confuse the two. We have moved away from a pure form of capitalism (Libertarian), because it causes collusion and monopolies.

Contango

"We have moved away from a pure form of capitalism (Libertarian), because it causes collusion and monopolies."

WRONG.

We have a "mixed" economy leaning more towards socialism.

Monopolies can ONLY occur with governmental support.

They cannot exist in a free market and an open society.

TrollingRageind...

Thanks Contango, unfortunately these people vote yet they do not educate themselves on the issues they are voting on. If these fools would read up about capitalism themselves instead of listening to the socialist and communist's idea of capitalism, more of them would embrace it.

The Big Dog's back

Funny how you try to demonize Socialism for Capitalism's big failure winnie.

The Big Dog's back

Ever notice how winnie and his fellow Repubs always try to demonize anyone who disagrees with them? They made Liberal a dirty word. Lincoln was a liberal. Same with Socialism. Dirty word.

Contango

@ The Big Dog's back:

So which of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto do you disagree with?

The Big Dog's back

Why do you continue to confuse Communism with Socialism? Still trying to demonize it yet.

Contango

@ The Big Dog's back:

Marx and Engles used the terms communism and socialism synonymously.

How are they different?

The Big Dog's back

People like Socialism when it comes to Social Security, Military, Police and fire, Water, Co-Ops, Medicare.

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