August 14th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

Obama launches Midwest bus tour Monday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama begins a three-day Midwest bus tour Monday aimed at trying to reassure Americans about the economy and jobs. CNN's Athena Jones reports.


Topics: Economy • jobs

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  1. Jay in NC

    Go back to Washington and fix the problem. Why should Americans care about your job when you did not care about theirs.

    August 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • James

      Couldn't have said it any better !!!!–

      August 15, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • MTATL67

      Oh he cares. It was Congress under the leadership of the GOP and the extremist Tea Party members that did not and do not care. If they cared so much where is the GOP Congressional jobs bill. Where is there sweeping legislative reform to help us? Maybe it will come when they get back from vacation but I doubt it. The GOP does not care and the Tea Party cares even less for the majority of Americans. Amazing how so many blame on branch over the other two and all three share power under the constitution.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • C-Lo

        I'll tell you where the sweeping reform is...it was put together tirelessly by the group voted in in 2010 to try to reign in this out of control government. And yes, it does go to both sides, I am by no means a GW appologist. But the Dems have set this stage for the last 50 years, working hard to reign in control to DC. As they have done that more and more, it's been easy picking for all of those you demonize (big business) to run this country. If you would put down your collective kool-aid and listen to what the Tea Party is ACTUALLY trying to accomplish–smaller government, you would maybe see that we have common interest. A smaller gov't means less chance of Big Oil influencing warmongers or Big Insurance influencing Health Care Reform. But, I know you will just dismiss this logic because of your blind allegiance to Ken.

        August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  2. joeinalabama

    They going to fly the bus city to city, so he can fly in on AF1 and then ride to the center of town?

    August 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • jean2009

      Alabama that says it all.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  3. Carl

    People like Jay in NC are what is causing the deterioration of the economy. Instead of something useful, he makes a mean spirited statement about the president not caring about Americans getting jobs. If you just don't like the man fine, that's why you get to vote for someone else. but being ugly in your commentary something about you, not the President. He cares, but the "destroy Obama above all else" stategy of the Republican party is as about as shameful a political display that has ever been seen. The President is not perfect but at least he doesn't operate from a place of complete annhilation of the other party.

    August 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Howard

      CARL, it's people like you, blind fanatical Obama loyalists, who are bringing America to its knees. America is MORE important than Obama, and it's time for you Obama suckers to open your eyes, and shift your loyalty from Obama to America, if you want to save this great country of ours !!!

      August 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Who are you loyal to the Koch Brothers?

        August 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Uh, yes he does. It's just that Kenyon Ken uses people like Axelrod to "deflect" anything he doesn't have the guts to say himself. His complete disdain for the average American is appalling, but hey, he ain't white so we can't criticize him or else we're racists.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        Another racial slur...the white sheets are out. If you want to see a NAZI in America get out your mirror.

        August 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • MTATL67

        The fiscal terrorist group the Tea Party and the GOP do not give a damn about the average Ameircan. When you make comments like that it is racism because you are not addressing an issue or a policy but calling a person a name. From what I have seen and read of the extremist group the Tea Party there are most defiantly racist in that extremist group.

        August 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • C-Lo

        What racial slur are you accusing of now?

        August 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And I will address the issues...Empty suit in the white house w/no ba11s has sold out at every turn. If you think he's accomplished a dang thing for this country you are sorely mistaken. He ran as being opposed to the war(s) and we are still in Iraq, Afghanastan, and now Libya, Syria...He ran on Health Care, and what a disaster that has been–10 years of bills to pay 6 years of expenses so he doesn't have to answer for projections beyond the 10 years of the CBO, 2 years of a filibuster proof senate and house control who couldn't be bothered to bring any type of budget forward because they were too busy passing legislation they couldn't even bother to understand first (see Pelosi). Name ONE thing this empty suit has actually accomplished...Whirrled Peas maybe–how about the reports Pakistan let his commie chinese buddies investigate the downed helo because they're pi55ed off at our operations there...thought the world loved him. And for the record, no I am not racists–I work for an African American woman, and have 2 sisters who are half AA. But if you don't like "Kenyon Ken" then maybe you and your ilk need to rethink "Caribou Barbie." Hypocites.

        August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • jean2009

      Jay is your typical Teapotty jerk that has a death wish for America industry. I sometimes even wonder if he is an American.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  4. joeinalabama

    They going to fly the bus city to city, so he can fly in on AF1 and then ride to the center of town and then back to the airport?

    August 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  5. Marie Louise

    Taxpayer-funded trip. He's only worried about being re-elected. What a jerk. Send this joker back to Chicago.

    August 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Maggie

      Why is CNN not showing us the Gallup poll results which shows Obama is now at 39% approval rating. CNN is not being neutral by not shopin it as part of their political news which the american should know about.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • jean2009

      I would suggest reading George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  6. Ray E. Georgia

    Uh, as long as he ain't driving the bus. Wait he is driving the bus!

    August 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Why would OBAMA go back to Washington to try to fix the problem. For what and with whom? He isn't the only one responsible! Everybody else is out on their yachts, playing golf, getting drunk on their 5 week vacations; and truly not caring about AMERICAN jobs! They proved that before they left! The GOP never intends to work with OBAMA on a jobs plan. Their plan is to drag their feet on anything he may even come up with to insure that Americans are so angry that they dare not vote for him again in 2012!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • James

      Just replace the word Republicans with the word Democrats and you got it right.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  8. Lealand Macoby

    Obama is a failure. Taxing so you can spend more stimulous is not going to work. We got nothing out of the first stim anyway. Repubs also need to nominate somebody who can compromise. The 10 Dollar in cuts to 1 dollar in TAx revenue question at the GOp dabate in Iowa was a ggod sign that the GOP candidates are not really looking at reality but instead talking points. We should fire all the hard line Dems and GOP. Eric Cantor, Harry Ried, Nacy Pelosi, ect. The Dems compalin about the GOP not working with Obama but they did the same to bush from 2006 till they lost the house.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:17 am |
    • MTATL67

      Congress Taxes not the President. Don't like our taxes then write your Congressmen. My God I wish people would retain the fact that The House of Representatives controls the purse strings of this country not the executive branch.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • C-Lo

        We DID "write our congress(people)" and VOTED THEM OUT. Now that we've done that, you libs continue to whine and cry about the people that have been placed in there to try to rescue the Titanic two meager years of inattention by the Dems has created–actually four, if you go back to the '06 debacle. If you want to talk about pol's out of touch with thier constituents, take a look at what happened in Colorado's 4th. Heavily conservative district who voted in a dem, Betsy Markey, who ignored her people and voted for Obamacare. One and done–unheard of in the House–normally takes more than 2 years to prove your incompetence, but not for Betsy!

        In 2012 it'll be more of the same...you better get your physicals now, because by 2013, no more healthcare subsidized by your neighbors, you'll have to decide between that and your flatscreen TV with expanded cable and yearly trips to disney land. I can hear it now "Sorry kids, this year we can only eat out one a week, and our trip to Disneyland can only be 1 week, not two. but don't worry, we'll still keep our $50,000 SUV so you and your 5 siblings can get driven 3 blocks to school every day. We don't need no stinkin' health insurance, I'd rather spend money on a case and a pack each night."

        August 16, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  9. HIH

    8% of the people in this administration have held a job outside of government. That is is the lowest amount of private sector experience since JFK who had 30%.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • James

      Yep !!!

      August 15, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • Woody – Independent Voter

        Nope

        August 15, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  10. Woody – Independent Voter

    The President is doing the right thing...getting out and talking to the working class. Jay and Ray...your comments sum up the way most republicans think…more of the same old negative thinking and comments. That is not what’s going to get us out of the whole we are in. And HH…the 8% is much to do about nothing. A great example is the so called Tea Party (or should I say Republicans with a different twist). A number of them did not have any government experience when they landed in Washington and what did that get us…Nothing…and a divided and House in congress. We as a country and proud people need to work together in order to solve this problem. Yes…that means both parties need to compromise.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:25 am |
  11. Woody – Independent Voter

    The Dem's where willing to compermise...it was the GOP who was taking a hard line. Try to keep up with what is going on.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Linda

      Some people are oblivious to facts. I don't understand how they can be so disinformed. Obama has bent over backwards and frankly I'm sick of it, The whole object of the RNC is to defeat Obama and hell be damned how they do it. How people forget history. Two wars, and counting, that the British gave up on over 50 years ago. We trained the Taliban, how ironic. Go ahead and let them deregulate America and when bad things happen who do you call. The Government...

      August 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  12. Maggie

    CNN, I am not seeing Gallup's poll nos for Obama. Is it because its at the lowest ever for him....at 39%. Why is it now headline news for CNN? Don't you want us to know that he is losing support and losing it very fast. Come on CNN, be neutral and show the american what's really happening in the poll. Why only the mention is campaign bus tour, which his administration is saying its not, and not the results of the Gallup poll. Let us see how neutral CNN is and show us the Gallup poll results.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  13. Ray E. Georgia

    Humm,
    People need jobs. Why has unemployment gone up after the democrats took back Congress in 2006? Why are more people on food stamps? What is the problem. Google POGO and see who the enemy is...

    AND, we have been compromising for 75 years. We have a 14.5 Trillion dollar debt to prove it. The Liars out there will tell you it is working. But there is that 14.5 Trillion Dollad debt that says all the Social Programs have failed.

    And, why is Obama's favoribility going down and down. Too many people out of work with no hope for the forseeable future.

    If you have a job, thank a Republician.
    If you have a nice place to work, thank a Republician.
    If you have paved roads to drive on, thank a Republician.
    If not, why not.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Linda

      You've got to be kidding... :(

      August 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • MTATL67

      What a joke. How short the memories of people are. The Republican party has been taken over by fiscal terrorist and extremist. I have my home and lost my job got a new job and was able to keep my home because of President Obama. If the GOP and the Tea Party had their way. I'd be out on the street and why because they do not give a damn.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  14. Danteg8son

    Another campaign trip financed by taxpayers. Where is your economic and jobs plan, Mr. President? Where is the leadership you promised us?

    August 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • MTATL67

      Why don't you ask the GOP and the fiscal terrorist members of Congress and their don't tax the job makers. Congressmen are leaders and they have failed following that "No to everything" Policy.

      August 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  15. Robert Johnson

    More campaigning, more empty speeches. No sign of any specific documented plan for the economy, the debt, for jobs. Zero leadership. Wake up, Mr. President, and start doing your job. Well, unlike many of us, you have a job – for now.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • MTATL67

      The speech of the Tea Party and the GOP produce such great things for this country. How about some leadership from our leaders in Congress. This Congress has done nothing to improve this country. You cannot hold Executive branch of the government to a certain standard but not legislative branch. Especially the legislative branch that holds the purse strings of this country and spend money without accountability. President Obama has done a good job. It is Congress that has done a piss-poor job.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh, and you have seen a Teapotty plan....you mean the obstructionist plan?

      August 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Wow Jean, do you just read these blogs, and never make it to the news portion? Or do you just get fed talking points from your handlers? The House, as elected in 2010 (after the dems had 2 years of nearly ABSOLUTE POWER and couldn't/wouldn't pass a budget) offered up a minimum of 3 plans, that we saw, before the one that BO finally agreed NOT to veto and Harry Hand Reid allowed to reach the Senate floor, but you want to label us the obstructionists? Wow you have a bigger pair than BO!

        August 16, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  16. Stefani

    Even though I'm a strong Obama supporter, I have to say I'm disappointed with the White House. I waited in Cannon Falls, MN yesterday to get a ticket and I was number 478 out of 1000. We were told repeatedly that at least 250 people would get tickets and then that 500 were going to. So I stayed in the heat for 5 hours to get one and I was confident I would. Then after 100 or so people got a ticket, they announced they were out. Couldn't they have told us that before the other 900 people wasted their day? We then heard that they were busing in about 500 people who had worked with his campaign to be ringers. That is just rude and unfair to everyone else. I knew I wasn't guaranteed a ticket but the way the White House and Cannon Falls Police handled this was awful and a lot of people were very unhappy. I hope that the White House feels bad about this.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  17. Hillis Smith

    How can you justify the ENORMOUS raises you gave to the White House Staff while we are drowning in debt and all of us are sacrificing so heavily? Why does Michelle need a Staff of 22 with huge salaries? Somebody in Washington needs to be working on the Jobs problem instead of taking so many vacations. Out here, we don't know what it is to have a vacation or a COLA increase.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  18. Maggie

    CNN, where is the Gallup poll results that you are not showing in your headlines. Is it because Obama's approval ratings are now only 39%. Come on, this should be a topic of discussion because it is showing that american people are totally fed up with him and his overspending policies. Why is CNN hiding the results? Getting nervous...u betetr be because Obama will be gone in 2012.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • MTATL67

      He is doing a great job especially since Congress refuses to do anything. It is Congress under the leadership of the GOP that I and most Americans are sick of. This Congress has done nothing to improve this country.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      If you don't like the headlines you can go back to Faux.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • jean2009

      You know you can go to the Gallup site and check it yourself. Why expect CNN to do your job?

      August 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • MTATL67

        That is laughable. You can make statistics and polls say anything you want if you fraise the question correctly. Any smart person does not put much in polls. He is doing a good job it is the GOP, fiscal Terrorist group the Tea Party and Congress that are doing extremely poor job. You do know that there are three branches of government and you cannot blame executive branch when the legislative branch refuses to do its job. Oh and by the way the House of Representatives is the only part of the government that can raise taxes. Think taxes are to high then write your congressman not the president

        August 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        @MTATL I'm saying it isn't CNN's job to report polls she can check for herself.

        August 16, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  19. Woody – Independent Voter

    Howard....be nice

    August 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  20. Woody – Independent Voter

    Not true

    August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  21. cole

    get to work obundle! if you did your job instead of constantly campaigning maybe the millions of people who want to work could!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  22. MTATL67

    I bought my first home because of President Obama. I lost my job but was able to keep my new home because of President Obama. I have a new job and I spend money because of this President. I just put in a new garden and started on redoing the bathroom. He said that we are the driving engine of the American economy and I will do my best to keep it going. If the GOP had their way I’d be out on the street with no new job. The Republicans and the fiscal terrorists the Tea Party members of Congress have offered nothing but rhetoric and blame and pessimism. They are directly responsible for the downgrade and fall of the markets and wiping out a good portion of 401Ks. This Congress has followed a "No to everything" policy and have accomplished nothing for the betterment of America. The Tea Party members of Congress and their extremist view must be removed from Congress. The GOTP does not care about the average American. I am just shocked that many American do not see the damage that the GOP’s policy of “No to everything” has done. Well I see and I will do everything I can as an American voter to hold them accountable.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • C-Lo

      MTATL–How can you directly tie the purchase of your first home to BO? Did he send you a check for the down payment? Did he cut you a deal on one of his? As a matter of fact, his administration is moving in the opposite direction of the one you imply: Obama Administration Rethinks Home Ownership (http://www.planetizen.com/node/48099). Saving your home while unemployed? You can thank me and the other tax payers, this didn't come out of BO's pocket. Additionally, that shows you, like so many other Americans, bought homes you couldn't readily afford, and yes I have room to talk as I was un(der)-employed for the better part of a year and received NO Gov't bailouts, including additional unemployment (I took a low paying job to continue to work rather than sit on my butt). And unless you got one of those Gov't jobs "created" by BO, you cannot credit him for your new employment. I'd like to know what field you work in, and your dates of un-employement/rehire. If it's in the private sector, my guess is you were re-hired sometime after the 2010 elections when businesses were starting to feel slightly more confident that BO's era of Mega-Gov't was going to be short lived (or again, you are suckling off the taxpayer teet in a gov't job).

      Regardless, give yourself some credit for these accomplishments, you did it, not BO. Or do you have such little confidence in yourself that anything you accomplish, the credit has to go elsewhere?

      August 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
      • jean2009

        I know people who lost their homes when Bush was President and it is no secret that it was directly related to George W. Bush and failed Rethugliklan policies.

        August 16, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • C-Lo

        Actually, Jean, most of the people losing thier homes over the last 3 decades (that's 30 years) have been due to Dem policies. And to be clear and fair, Bush's domestic policies REAKED of liberalism...Medicare D, No Child left behind, home ownership for all (a brain child of Barney Frank, who by the way, has been on the House Financial Services Committee, creating the majority of these issues). You libs should have been cheering, not jeering, Bush.

        Getting back to the Dem policies...they forced (for better or worse) banks to "invest" in low income neighborhoods. Not that this in and of its self is bad, but this required banks to provide risky loans and create all of those oddball "interest only," "Neg-am (negative amoritization where your payments don't even cover acruing interest)," and other "exotic" loans. These policies led to more bottom feeding by unscrupulous mortgage brokers and preditory lending–which would not have been near as possible if public schools were learning institutions and not centers for social engineering (more liberalism). To cover these loan exposures, the banks/brokers "packaged" those loans into the financial markets in a way that NOBODY understood. The "bank bailout" was handled relatively well in spite of the heat and hate leveled on it by allowing some institutions to outright fail but not allowing the entire system to collapse (again, for better or for worse). Had these policies not been pushed by Frank and his ilk, only those who could actually afford homes (like in decades past) would be allowed to purchase them. But as usual, the dems are focused on symptoms (outcomes) not underlying causes. So just because you "know people who lost their homes" during the Bush era, you cannot directly link homeownership of someone today to BO.

        And by the way, grow up a little–your Soros inspired pseudonyms really belittle you (or maybe not!)

        August 16, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  23. Joanne

    When Obama wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling he threaten ....

    NOT to pay social security retirees, active duty and military retirees, social security disability and federal retirees.

    He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens.
    He did not threaten to take frivolous benefits such as internet access away from violent inmates.
    He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired.
    He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around.
    He did not threaten not to pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff.
    He did not threaten to take benefits away from people who are just too lazy to work.
    He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients.
    He did not threaten the food stamp programs.
    He did not threaten not to pay foreign aid.
    He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.
    This list could go on and on..."

    August 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  24. joe

    H'es trying to bullshit people to keep his job instead of helping everyone else

    I hope gulliable america sees what a Snake oil salesman he really is

    August 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  25. joe

    Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
    He leadeth me beside the still factories.
    He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
    He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

    party's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

    line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

    me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

    My expenses runneth over.
    Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

    the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

    home forever.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  26. Hmm

    Mr. Debt Man Squawking should have his Teleprompter talk to his Mirror – there he will find the veto-threat non-compromiser – there he will find the Partisan-in-Chief – there he will find the Man Who Broke Liberty's Balance.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  27. joe

    I trust the koch Brothers begore i trust George Sores Obama;s Boss

    August 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  28. syed raouf volunteer member of party houston

    dear president i ever seen in my life like obama who serve as president in history of america many they serve likethey do job
    as president do it but not like obama in difficult situation he serve to america in a critical situation he handle he is noble prize
    winner for next term he is best preident god gift obama to america we should thank to him what a class man for america my sincere thoughts and best whishes with obama

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  29. joe

    Barach Hussain Obama on His SCREW AMERICA TOUR

    August 16, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Syed Raouf, beautiful post to the President. Thank you for your honesty, respect and truth. @Jean, you go girl...I got your back...I'm watching...keep up the good work! We got'em babbling and scrambling now! Most of these anti-OBAMA loons aren't concerned about factual truths. They're pathetic racists and bigots pure and simple...hiding under the sheets and hoods of politics; rhetorically engineered 'fake' BS against the OBAMA administration! They may as well call him the N-word! BUNCH OF COWARDS!

    August 18, 2011 at 9:51 am |
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    May 12, 2012 at 5:30 am |