Bus Tour Stop #4: Millers Creek, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
05:59 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #4: Millers Creek, North Carolina

From the bus tour pool report:

President Obama delivered remarks at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, North Carolina calling on Congress to pass every element of the American Jobs Act, piece-by-piece, starting with the proposal to prevent teacher layoffs, keep police officers on the beat and keep firefighters on the job.

North Carolina could receive more than $900 million in teacher stabilization funds under the American Jobs Act which would support 13,400 jobs across the state. West Wilkes High School is located in Wilkes County, whose school district would receive an estimated $6.9 million of these funds for teacher jobs.

West Wilkes, a small, rural high school with approximately 700 students and 50 faculty, could benefit from this funding. The school has experienced large increases in class size in core subjects due to the loss of seven teaching positions in the past three years when state and local budgets were cut and educational spending was drastically reduced.  These cuts were part of the 121 classroom and administrative positions the Wilkes County School District lost over the past four years due to budget cuts.

Bus Tour Stop #3: Boone, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #3: Boone, North Carolina

From the pool report on the way to Boone, North Carolina:

The president's bus "pulled off the Interstate and began rolling north through small towns on a four-lane state highway. Curious onlookers lined the roadside in front of gas stations, churches, auto dealerships, and schools, waving and snapping pictures on their phones. Several hundred people gathered in front of Caldwell Community College. A few people waved US flags and held up Obama-Biden campaign signs. But there was more evidence of curiosity than excitement in the crowds. Later, the motorcade began climbing back into the mountains, going for long stretches on a serpentine road with no onlookers at all. In a resort area high in the mountains, lined with hotels and vacation homes, the crowds grew again, though some people held their thumbs down as the motorcade passed. A woman held up a cardboard sign that said, "We Believe, We Voted. Now What?" Next to her was a woman holding an Obama collectible plate."

Upon arrival in Boone, the president dropped into the Mast General Store for some Halloween candy and shook hands with supports at Our Daily Bread Deli and Cafe near Appalachian State University.

McCain to Obama: Your bus is ugly
October 17th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

McCain to Obama: Your bus is ugly

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain –a politician who has seen his share of campaign buses– had harsh words Monday for Pres. Barack Obama's choice of election transportation.

"I must say again I have never seen an uglier bus than a Canadian one," the Arizona senator said in a speech on the Senate floor Monday. "He is traveling around on a Canadian bus touting American jobs."

Check out the complete story at the CNN Political Ticker


Topics: John McCain • President Obama • The Buzz
FLOTUS heads to World Series
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joke together while taping a Joining Forces public service announcement in the East Room of the White House, April 4, 2011. (White House Photo/Chuck Kennedy)
October 17th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

FLOTUS heads to World Series

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will be heading to St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday to attend game one of the Major League Baseball World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. According to a release from the First Lady’s Office, the two women will participate in a pregame ceremony “to recognize Major League Baseball’s outstanding support of America’s veterans and military families as part of their Joining Forces initiative.”

Before the game, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden will host an event honoring military families at the St. Louis Veterans Center featuring “Hall of Famer and Army veteran Red Schoendienst.” There they will debut a new public service announcement put together by Joining Forces and MLB featuring New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Damon. The PSA will first air later that evening at the game.

The women will also field questions on the new initiative as submitted through MLB’s Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #AskMichelle.


Topics: Jill Biden • Michelle Obama
Bus Tour Stop #2: Marion, NC
October 17th, 2011
02:24 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #2: Marion, NC

President Obama stopped by Countryside BBQ Chicken in Marion North Carolina where he visited with locals and posed for pictures. While in the restaurant he met an elementary aged boy who told Obama his name was Jack Nicholson. The president replied, "you look older in the movies, man!"

Bus Tour Stop #1: Fletcher, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #1: Fletcher, North Carolina

President Obama kicked off his three-day American Jobs Act at the Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, North Carolina where he rallied support for his plan.

"We should be talking about jobs.  When you hear what’s going on out in the country, when you take the time to listen, you understand that a lot of folks are hurting out there.  Too many people are looking for work.  Too many families are looking for that sense of security that’s been slipping away for the past decade, now.

Here in North Carolina, you’ve got thousands of construction workers who lost their jobs when the housing bubble  burst.  Some of those construction workers are here today.  They’ve got experience.  They’ve got skills.  All they want is to be back on the job site doing what they do best.

And there is plenty of work to go around.  In this airport right here in Asheville, you’ve got a runway that needs to be widened and repaired.  You’ve got a taxiway that’s in the wrong spot –- which means that planes sometimes get too close together.  So we could be doing some work right here at the Asheville Airport that would help boost tourism, help to boost the economy here, put people to work right now.

But it’s not just here in Asheville.  All across the state, you’ve got highways that need to be built.  You’ve got bridges that need to be fixed.  You’ve got schools that need to be modernized.  And that’s what America used to do best.  We used to build things - built the Transcontinental Railroad; built the Golden Gate Bridge; the Hoover Dam; the Grand Central Station.  There’s no reason why we should sit here and watch the best highways and the newest airports being built in China.  We should be building them right here in the United States of America.  Right here in North Carolina. 

Now, our problems were a long time in the making –- we’re not going to solve them overnight.  But there are things we can do right now to put people back to work - right now.  There are things we should do right now to give the economy the jolt that it needs.  So that’s why I sent Congress the American Jobs Act."


Topics: Bus Tour • North Carolina • President Obama • The Buzz
White House says aid to teachers will face first Senate vote
October 17th, 2011
11:16 AM ET

White House says aid to teachers will face first Senate vote

The White House expects Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to announce the first Senate vote on a component of President Obama’s jobs bill that calls for providing aid to teachers and first responders.

“Our expectation [is] that the first measure will be teachers,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday. “I do not want to get ahead of Senator Reid. It is up to Senator Reid. We have been in consolation with him. It is his prerogative and we are very pleased that he will be taking it up.”

Carney added he expects Reid to make his own announcement “very soon” with a vote following shortly thereafter.  Reid's office has since announced the Nevada Democrat will announce his plans during a conference call at 2:30 p.m.

The comments come two days after President Obama specifically pushed that component in his weekly radio address, saying, “If they vote ‘no’ on that, they’ll have to tell you why. They’ll have to tell you why teachers in your community don’t deserve a paycheck again. They’ll have to tell your kids why they don’t deserve to have their teacher back. They’ll have to tell you why they’re against commonsense proposals that would help families and strengthen our communities right now.”

Obama’s jobs plan calls for $35 billion allotted to states and localities to hire more teachers and first responders while preventing current ones from being laid off.

Other components of the jobs bill to be voted on include funding for infrastructure projects and extending cuts in payroll taxes. Carney said the White House did not value certain components over others.

"I wouldn't know which is better than the other. I think they're all effective,” he said. “The whole package is put together with urgent, early action in mind.”

- CNN's Ted Barrett contributed to this report


Topics: President Obama • The News
Morning Briefing: Not the 'underdog'
October 17th, 2011
08:31 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Not the 'underdog'

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Obama not the underdog in cash dash [NYTimes]

Romney just lookin’ for a little love [POLITICO]

Cain’s joke about a deadly boarder fence may have gone too far [HuffPo]

Daley answers 10 questions [NYTimes]

What Obama’s Bus itinerary tells us [POLTICO]

Pew says the media is so over Obama [POLTICO]

Cantor shocked politicians are blaming other people [HuffPo]

NY Times likes Elizabeth Warren better than GOP Republicans do [NYTimes]

Supreme Court gets no love from GOP candidates [WashPost]

Is the conservative protectionist dead? [Roll Call]

POTUS' Day Ahead: Gettin' on the bus
October 17th, 2011
08:11 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Gettin' on the bus

Good morning from the White House. President Obama once again takes his jobs message on the road Monday, embarking on a three-day bus trip that will take him to small townships throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

On the official schedule for Monday is a 10:50 a.m. speech in Asheville, North Carolina and a similar speech at 5:00 p.m. at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, North Carolina.

Between the two speeches, we expect several "off the record stops" - that is "surprise" (surprise at least to the media) meet-and-greets at local businesses and restaurants.

Full Schedule after the jump:
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Topics: Daily Schedule