POTUS on the road pressing for jobs and raising more $$$ Friday
May 31st, 2012
12:47 PM ET

POTUS on the road pressing for jobs and raising more $$$ Friday

(CNN) - President Obama will focus on jobs Friday continuing to press Congress on his so-called "to do" list. Friday’s item: pushing for the establishment of a Veterans Job Corps. At a Honeywell International plant in a Minneapolis suburb, he will make his case that the country needs to "honor our commitment to returning veterans," according to a White House release.

Friday’s event coincides with the release of the May unemployment numbers. Economists will be closely watching the jobs numbers after two months of slowdown in the sputtering U.S. economy.

Mr. Obama announced his plan to establish a jobs program for veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars earlier this year. Currently the unemployment rate for veterans is 9.2%, more than a full percentage point higher than the overall unemployment rate which stands at 8.1% for April. The so-called Veterans Jobs Corps would be similar to a 1930's government program, the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is designed to put veterans to work building infrastructure like roads and bridges.

Another part of the plan would provide additional money to communities across the country to hire veterans as police and firefighters. But the price tag of $1 to $5 billion dollars has been a stumbling block in Congress. The bill, aimed at establishing the Veterans Corp, was introduced in January by Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) and remains stuck in a House committee.

Friday’s “to-do list” event is just a 2 hour diversion from what could be seen as the president’s main event – raising money. The president's campaign could earn more than six and a half million dollars from fundraisers in both Minneapolis and Chicago also on Friday.

Joined by Minnesota's Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, Mr. Obama has three back-to-back fundraisers at the trendy Bachelor Farmer Restaurant in the city's warehouse district. It just so happens the governor's sons own the restaurant.

The first fundraiser will be a luncheon for one hundred people, each paying $5000, according to a Democratic campaign official. Two intimate fundraisers will follow, allowing much more face time with the president at "campaign round tables". Those opportunities come with a hefty price tag. One is for 20 people, each paying $40,000 for the opportunity. The other is for only 8 people who will pay $50,000 to chat with the president.

From Minneapolis, the president flies to his former hometown of Chicago for more fundraising. He speaks at the Chicago Cultural Center, the only event of the evening open to press cameras. Three hundred fifty people will attend each paying a minimum of $2500 a ticket.

From there Mr. Obama will attend two fundraisers at private residences in the city. Fifty to 60 guests will pay $35,800 a ticket at each affair.

Proceeds from Friday's events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

The president is expected to spend Friday night at his Chicago home before returning to the White House Saturday.


Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • jobs • President Obama • Veterans

soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. acdcguy

    Guess he's been little blurry last 3 1/2 years, little late to start focusing....... Oh, nm, I forgot, it's Bush's fault...

    May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • acdcguy

      Unemployment in the US rises one-tenth of a percent in May, to 8.2 percent, as sluggish economy adds only 69,000 new jobs, fewest number in a year. ................. GO OBAMA!!! Way to focus on them jobs!!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      REPUBLITARDS: THE ECONOMY IS TANKING, TIME TO CELEBERATE!!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
      • Steveo

        Nobody is going to celebrate. At the same time, remember how you were getting ready to throw an parade when things looked better? You were so quick to fully credit the president back then. Why no calls of blame now?

        June 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        SO ROMNEY IS NOT HAPPY? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! THAT'S A GOOD ONE. HE WAS SO GIDDY HE HAD TO RUB IT IN TODAY.

        SO WHEN THINGS GET BETTER WE DON'T CELEBRATE? OOOOOKKKAAAY. DIDN'T KNOW WE ARE LIVING IN OPPOSITE LAND NOW.

        June 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • Steveo

        DEcember 2012:

        Why did you ignore my 2nd point? When things were good you freely gave Obama credit! Why no blame now?

        June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Steveo

        Looks like you don't remember how Obama talked about the economy and blamed Bush for everything. Why are you now taken aback? The shoe is now on the other foot!

        June 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  2. Jerry

    You elected HIM

    Two years ago, a company hired a young woman. Smart, hard-working, dedicated and armed with her master's degree. She had a lot of bright ideas to help the company. When she was asked what she had learned from her time with the company, she replied that she had completely underestimated the value of REAL-WORLD business experience.

    Nothing we see about our country's economic problems, and now about Solyndra's and other tax-payed funded misadventures should surprise us. Is there anyone on Mr. Obama's economic team, or for that matter in Democratic congressional leadership, who has any successful real-world business experience?! Is it any wonder we can't effectively address the country's economic issues?

    But ultimately, do you know whose fault this is? YOURS! (I did not vote for Mr. Obama.) Almost everyone knew Senator Obama had absolutely no experience in running much of anything, much less a business. Yet, you voted him in based on image, emotion, and a bunch of vague, hopeful ideas.

    I for one am ready for for experienced and boring, with a proven track record of economic successes.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • John

      Nice post.
      Many people bought into the Hope and Change message and the historic event that was about to take place. That, and the fact that Obama comes across like he is a rock star got him elected. I think many of us hoped he could help fix the mess this country has been digging for years.
      He has not been what many thought he would be. Not that he hasn't done much of what he said he would do, but more that people thought they were getting something different. Many of us thought he would be the leader this country truly needed. As it turns out, it seems Obama is not that person.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  3. anagram_kid

    Acdcguy wrote –
    Guess he's been little blurry last 3 1/2 years, little late to start focusing....... Oh, nm, I forgot, it's Bush's fault...
    ------------------------------------------–
    I am glad you did remember which administration’s policies create the financial crisis. Better late than never.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • John

      The fact that you couldn't pick up on the sarcasim says something..

      June 1, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        THE FACT THAT YOU ASSUMED HE DIDN'T SHOWS YOU'RE A COMPLETE MORON

        June 1, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  4. cru

    No need to visit MN...we're all voting for Romney!

    May 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    When you don't have an answer to the problem, you press others for it.

    May 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  6. FedUp

    More money to pay off the national debt and reduce the budget deficit. What a great President he is to sacrifice his campaign for our country!

    May 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Dan

    Hit the road jack.. and don't you come back no more no more no more....

    May 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  8. OnetermBama

    What happened to the "Hope and Change"?
    Obama himself said that when people say something, they mean what they said. So what about Obama's 2008 campaign promise that he will cut the deficit by half at the end of his first term? If Obama cannot keep his word, why he deserves a second term? Does he think we the American voters are stupid ?

    May 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Steveo

      The problem is the left scours bush's record and that's fine but what is not so fine is they forget all the promises from then-candidate Obama.

      Halving the deficit
      Transparency
      no lobbyists in his administration
      Hope and change

      They are paying more attention to the failures of the last guy (who has been gone for 3.5 years) than they are the current guy!

      May 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • getoverit

        Hey Steveo, don't even waste your breath. The people that post here are not interested in the truth about their beloved president.

        May 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
      • John

        getovrit – I agree, many who post here are that way, but many people read this site and do not post. Some of those people can be swayed if the message we post is truthful and does not come across as hate for the other side (whatever that may be).

        June 1, 2012 at 7:59 am |
      • John

        For example, I just read one of the many hateful posts from throbbing MEMBER2012. IMO, that person has done more good for the Repubs with his ignorant, hate filled posts than many of us have done with truthful facts.

        June 1, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • Steveo

        John,

        I agree with you but for SOME of the left ANY word against the president is hate! Even if one simply challenges or disagrees with his POLICY, it is still hate. Yes, there are those on BOTH sides that hate. I don't hate, just disagree with SOME policies!

        June 1, 2012 at 8:32 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU REPUBLITARDS? YOU KNOW THAT RIGHT? GOD TELLS ME TO LOVE ALL, EVEN THE IGNORANT AND THE HATEFUL. HAHAHAHA!!!

        June 1, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • Steveo

        @DEcemeber 2012
        GOD TELLS ME TO LOVE ALL, EVEN THE IGNORANT AND THE HATEFUL. HAHAHAHA!!!
        ----------
        Glad to hear self love is not an issue for you. HAHAHAHA!!!

        June 1, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE EXPERT. I'M SURE YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT LOVING YOURSELF, YOU COULDN'T HAVE SAID HALF THE GARBAGE YOU SPEW OTHERWISE. TRY NOT OVERDO IT, GOD IS WATCHING.

        HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

        June 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
      • Steveo

        DEcember2012,

        You are a funny guy! However, don't quit your day job!

        June 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  9. judy

    the president is out doing his job while slime bucket mitt is sneaking around solander like the president could stop him from having a news conferance on public land. He and his rich buddies could buy the company for gosh sakes. Mr milk toast must be getting his orders from higher up. What a low life used car salesman he is. Not all new business make it but some will and we need to encourage alternitive energy ideas. Forward not back. Obama 2012

    May 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Sponge-Bob

      Please take your medicine as your doctor prescribed it.

      May 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • John

      This is not a good job...
      The Labor Department reports nonfarm payrolls rose by 69,000 in May, the fewest since May 2011 and significantly less than the 150,000 economists were expecting. The unemployment rate rose to 8.2% from 8.1%. Economists had expected the rate to hold at 8.1%.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  10. ron

    htt p://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i71/rodcustom1/ron/TIME.jpg

    May 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  11. California Conservative

    All talk makes Obama useless. Obama represents the parasitic side of America.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • sara

      I wonder who ate my 401b and drove my home value to 1/4. Parasites invaded for 8 years...in other words threw a rock and hid their hands out the door, knowing full well a Democratic president would win and then the "parasites" can blame others. Obama 2012 Can't fool all the people all the time. Really it's an elementary "game".

      June 1, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • rla

        Actually it was decisions made buy the last three presidents– Free trade treaties (supported by both sides for differnt reasons) Democrats to spread Americas illegal wealth around the world and Republicans need to put money into the hands of developing nation so they could buy our products!!!! IT did not work as invisioned by these two greedy ideological concepts!

        June 1, 2012 at 8:55 am |
      • C-Lo

        Sara:

        My guess is no one "ate [your] 401b," as they don't exist! You may have a 401k or a 403b, but I would bet the value of mine that you have neither, just sittin' around waiting for those Social Security checks to start rollin' in. As for the value of your home dropping by 75%, I seriously doubt that too, unless you ran it into the ground yourself (assuming you actually own your home).

        Funny how all you libs keep whining about 8 years. The dot-com bubble burst and housing bubble inflated most dramatically during the first few months of W's presidency. 9/11 came within 8 months and can all be traced back to W's predicessor. If you think about all the crap he was handed from Clinton, he actually did a fine job keeping the economy from dismantling until the Dem's took over in 06.

        If you want to fault him for the war(s), that's fine, but specifically for the accounting of them. Afghanistan was as much Clinton's war as Bush's, because of 9/11, and Iraq's faulty information was derived as much (or more) from the Brit's because Clinton dismantled US Intelligence agencies. Bush's biggest mistakes were no exit strategy and the left leaning NCLB.

        June 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And when I say the dem's in 06, I'm talking about congress, not the presidency for those who think they want to jump on that bandwagon.

        June 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  12. MfgInUSA

    All the single-minded, left versus right, ideological one dimensional bull has got to go! This is the problem with our country. It shouldn't be about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country and it's citizens.

    I consider myself an independent voter, but going back to the Reagan days and with the only exception having been Perot, I’ve always voted Republican. We need whoever wins the next election to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. They should've given us somebody who would stand up for the American people.

    Both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide. Our leaders are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place or foreign citizens!

    We need to bring manufacturing back to the United States of America and both parties are ignoring tariffs as a way to level the playing field, raise money and bring jobs back home. Let's guess why. Oh that's right, tariff is a dirty word. Hum, maybe it’s that our so called leaders (political leaders) are beholden to the same people who are exporting our jobs.

    I guess we should keep letting Corp Boards, Wall Street, CEOs and Foreign Lobbyists promote sending US jobs to countries where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. How's that been working for us?

    The so called “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world’s customer base out of work. I’m not a lefty or member of any union. I run a business that employs over 20 people and produces products that are purchased by customers that do manufacturing and packaging. I’m just an average Joe, but I've been saying this for more than 10 years now. If I can see it, so can our so called leaders (political leaders) who are beholden to the same people who are exporting our jobs.

    We need to add tariffs that are proportionate to the inequities in wages and regulations in the country where the goods were produced and or where we’re importing them from. We could then use the money raised by these tariffs to help companies build state of the art manufacturing plants here in the USA, which would create more jobs here at home for US citizens, which would then in turn increase our income tax revenue.

    Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let’s keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

    These so-called “free trade agreements” have to go. It was obvious when they were passing these agreements as to what was going to happen and sure enough it did. Our leaders had to have known this as well when they were passing these bills. It’s just common sense.

    The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules.

    We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

    May 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  13. Al

    He's out for votes and votes ONLY. He does not care about if people are working or not, he's only interested in protecting his rent free living. He terminated all changes of people getting full time jobs when he signed that Health Care into law. So he's not going to be known as a job seeker, he'll be known as the job kil1er President. Great job Obama, just enjoy the flight at the cost of the tax payers.

    May 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  14. Sponge-Bob

    The jobs numbers coming out won't be that good so I don't know what he's going to brag about. He'll no doubt find some way to spin it but less and less people believe this guy anymore.

    May 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  15. Name*Liz Carter

    Well I see the regular Obama-hating trolls are still out trolling the internet!! LOL! You clowns are sooooo pathetic!! What is Mittens doing? What is he going to do if he slimes into the Whitehouse?? You all imitate 'politicians all day long on The 1600 Report!! You make all sorts of predictions for and against President Obama, so what is Willard Romney going to do?? As a matter of fact what was Former President George W Bush known for?? What is his legacy!! LOL!! Pitiful!!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • rla

      Wow are you liberals still trying to sell this stream of extreme left wing spin

      June 1, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  16. DEcember 2012

    IS THIS A COMMENTS SECTION OR A KLAN RALLY? HAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!

    May 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Steveo

      Since you decided to post here too, how about you tell me? Keeping in mind that you are a contributer! Which is it?

      June 1, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      OOOH MY BAD, SINCE A 'BLACK' MAN JUST POSTED HERE THIS CAN'T BE THE KLAN RIGHT?

      MY MISTAKE, IT MUST BE PAID HECKLERS FROM MITT ROMNEY LAND. HAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • Steveo

        So are you telling me, your the Klan?? 'Cause you just posted here! Is that what your saying December 2012?

        Let's see, December 2012, PAID hecklers on one side and hecklers on the government dole on the other! OK , I think I got it now! Thanks for making it clear!

        June 1, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        YEP, PAID HECKLERS BECAUSE THE MORON MITT ROMNEY JUST ADMITTED TO SENDING THEM.

        IF YOU'RE STILL HUNG UP ON THE KLAN, THEY CAN MAKE YOU AN HONORARY MEMBER. I'M SURE YOU CAN PASS FOR A HATEFUL WHITE MAN. THEY JUST HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR EYES AND THEY'RE USED TO IT. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

        June 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Steveo

        Re read all these posts that referenced the Klan and ID the knucklehead that started that conversation! Oh looky, that individual has the same handle as you do! You being hacked or something? If I were you, I'd check into it! I say this because the "fake" december 2012 may say something that will embarass you, while posing as you! I don't want that to happen. Oops TOO LATE! !

        June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        WHAT CAN I SAY, YOU REPUBLITARDS REMIND ME OF THE KLAN. ONLY STUPIDER, LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR HOODS ON BACKWARDS.

        PROBABLY WHY YOU CAN EASILY PASS FOR ONE. WHEN YOU TALK, THEY MISTAKE YOU FOR RUSH LIMBAUGH.

        HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

        June 1, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  17. RailroadMike

    For the people who havent a clue about the CCC. This program gave jobs building parks and structures like bridges during the Great Deppression. All the young people were giving in some cases the first trips to doctors and dentist and most important fed good diets. My father stated our family would have starved if FDR had'nt put the WPA and CCC into action. Today you can see the work of the CCC and WPA threw out the country. A fine example, look on YouTube. "The Drive Down Mt Scott". Oh yes the starvation during the Great Deppression was so rampt on the first call for the military draft in 1939 ,1/3 of the men failed to pass and given a 4F due to health problems from hunger as children.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • Steveo

      Thanks for the info. i have heard of the CCC but did not know what it was. Good post because I Iearned something new!

      June 1, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • John

      Things were sure different then. Can you imagine telling some of the OWS people they need to use a shovel or hammer?

      June 1, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  18. rla

    Mostly raising money I suspect aas that's what he has been proven to be best at?????

    June 1, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      WELL HE'S NOT MADE OF MONEY LIKE MITT ROMNEY. EVEN MITT WILL ADMIT HIS OWN SUPERPAC IS A MONEY MONSTER THAT CAN OUTSPEND HIM. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      June 1, 2012 at 11:21 am |