Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting
April 19th, 2011
02:45 PM ET

Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting

By CNN's Tom Cohen

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Facing a possible future downgrade of America's credit rating, President Barack Obama on Tuesday told the first of three town hall-style meetings this week that a "big philosophical divide" exists between his approach to deficit reduction and how Republicans think.

The hour-long event at Northern Virginia Community College brought few challenging questions from a mostly student audience that cheered Obama and applauded his major policy statements.

Given such free rein, Obama delivered campaign-style messages that emphasized what he called his balanced approach to reducing federal deficits and bringing down the national debt versus a Republican proposal that the president characterized as unfair to middle-class Americans and vulnerable communities such as senior citizens.


Topics: Budget • The News • Virginia

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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The town hall-style meeting in Virginia today was just as interesting, alluminating and as enlightening as any of PRESIDENT OBAMAS' speeches have been in the past; well the small excerpts that CNN and MSNBC let us hear! They are very disrespful to him when it comes to him speaking to AMERICANS and the world. It's obvious they don't want us to hear the whole scope of his communications to the nation. OBAMA was as explicit as he could be about his plans and what we as a nation needed to do to recover.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The media has oftentimes cut the PRESIDENT off during his speeches to the people, to make us sit up and listen to their analytical opinions; like they are THE politicians, THE federal officials, THE diplomats, THE statesmen, THE federal attorneys, THE US treasury, THE military, even THE PRESIDENT! I don't remember in my whole lifetime a president being 'dissed' while speaking, by the media like this one has; and the BIG reason always seems to be....'don't listen to him, listen to us'! Perception's the game!

    April 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm |