President Obama hits the road
President Barack Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the Oval Office yesterday.
August 3rd, 2011
11:04 AM ET

President Obama hits the road

One day after the President signed into law a hotly debated bill to raise the country's debt ceiling, a White House spokesperson confirmed that he will soon be taking his jobs message on the road. On August 15th, President Obama will set out on a bus tour of the Midwest to refocus his attention on growing the flailing U.S. economy. The White House isn't announcing exactly which cities the President will visit yet, but with the GOP presidential primary already well underway, it's a safe bet that some swing states will be in the mix.


Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • President Obama • The News

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  1. john. pa

    here's the message Obama will get from the American people, Your fired,

    Failure on the economy: Fact; we now have 3 of the 4 indicator of a second Great Depression in America, unemployment over 20%, housing sales the worst showing in 13 years and retail sales down year over year since Obama took office.

    Failure on taxes: Fact; President Obama recently unveiled his 2012 budget proposal and the 43 tax hikes it contains. The multitude of—utterly unnecessary—tax hikes will burden Americans to the tune of $1.5 trillion over the next decade. The President is proposing to raise federal tax revenues and federal spending as a percentage of GDP above historic levels, and keep them growing. This plan is a disaster for the economy—slowing down recovery, hurting job creation, making American companies less competitive, and burdening all Americans with higher taxes and consumer costs

    Failure on home foreclosure: Fact; since the Democrats took over Congress in 2006,
    2011 will be the bleakest year in foreclosures, lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. Home sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years.

    Failure on a budget: Fact; No budget from Obama for 2 years and the 2011 budget; Ninety-seven senators voted against a motion to even take it up.

    Failure on health care: Fact; 50% of small businesses will drop health care for employees in 2014 when Obama care starts.

    Failure on price of gasoline, energy; Fact, price has doubled since Obama took office.

    Failure on price of food: Fact; about 40 million people – or one out of every eight Americans – are receiving food stamps, up since Obama took office.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • egm11

      now john, you are being so very hard on poor little barack. after all, you do know he has has many problems to deal with and all go back to that evil george bush. how can you possibly expect poor lil barack to cope. he has done such a grand job of blaming everyone for his failures, give him credit for that. it was not very imaginative but with people like nancy pelosi, debbie wafflehead shultz and harry reid behind you, how can you possibly fail? now john, give poor lil barack a break, either leg would work. great post john, sums up the loser in chief perfectly.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
      • John

        C'mon – he was forced by those racist, terrorist, astroturf Tea Party nuts to accept the bad budget bill which he is not responsible for. He was only able to spend $278,000 on each of the stimulas jobs created when he actually wanted to spend much more, maybe $500,000 per job. $3 billion for the "Clunkers Program" resulting in 700,000 vehicles sold of which only 125,000 of the sales were incremental. The rest of the sales, according to Edmund.com analysts, would have been sold anyway. We can go on and on with this guy, but why kick him when he is down (and falling like a rock).

        August 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        Do you men know their are two ways of exerting
        ones strength one is pushing down
        the other is pulling up
        we do not want the men of another color
        for our brothers in law
        but we do want them for our brother
        as long as we tear down part of the american people
        that the part of our self that we tear down as well
        treachery and secrecy to be avoided frmness
        and faith to be encouraged
        obligation and duties human and divine are
        sacred and interconnected laws of food and
        social intercourse.

        August 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Tony P. from Oaklnad, California

      John PA,
      Grow up.....You're a big boy now. Take some responsibility and admit the entire problem at hand;

      Reagan (GOP) national budgetary deficit in 1988............$550 billion
      Bush1 (GOP) national budgetary deficit in 1992..............$385 billion
      Clinton (DEM) national budgetary deficit in 2000..............$33 billion
      after Presidential line item veto of provisions 15-34 within Newt's HR 2014 Balance Budget Act
      on 8-11-97 effectively halting most Coporate tax cuts.
      Bush2 (GOP) national budgetary deficit in 2008..............$6.2 trillion with a "T".

      August 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Tony P. from Oaklnad, California

        John PA,
        It's not that Democrats did NOT present a Budget proposal. It's that our Democratic President insisted on a BI-PARTISAN proposal termed the " Gang of Six" proposal. Unlike Republicans, who demanded a one Party Republican proposal. Nice try at trying to spin lying Republican talking points.........

        August 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        The Federal deficit was a different matter...Reagan tripled it during his 8 years which started in 1981.

        "The fiscal shift in the Reagan years was staggering. In January 1981, when Reagan declared the federal budget to be "out of control," the deficit had reached almost $74 billion, the federal debt $930 billion. Within two years, the deficit was $208 billion. The debt by 1988 totaled $2.6 trillion. In those eight years, the United States moved from being the world's largest international creditor to the largest debtor nation."

        Reagan Policies Gave Green Light to Red Ink

        By Jonathan Weisman
        Washington Post Staff Writer
        Wednesday, June 9, 2004; Page A11

        "Reagan-Revolution
        Debt Compared to National Income
        Reagan got elected by telling the country the debt was "out of control." Compared to national income, it was the lowest in 50 years. He probably didn't know. But his supply-side economists did. They lied to America.
        In 1981 Reagan's supply-siders wrote the tax cuts for the rich and his budgets. The Senate was Republican, and Reagan got the Southern Dems in the House to vote for him. All Republicans and a few Dems voted for the budget. The national debt had its worst year since 1945. The next year it got worse, and for 20 out of 20 years, the supply-siders raised the debt relative to our ability to pay.
        It's a terrible thing to scare America about its debt when we're doing great and then send the debt through the roof for no reason. So the supply-siders invented another lie — Congress did. As this graph shows, Congress changed the presidents' budgets only a tiny bit and more down than up — by $16 billion over Reagan's eight years. And over those eight years Reagan increased the debt by $1,860 billion. Blaming that on the tiny budget reduction by Congress is just political nonsense.
        This graph shows what happened since Oct. 1, 1981, the day Reagan started his first budget. First Reagan increased the debt by $1.9 Trillion (see for yourself). Then Bush brought that to $3.4 Trillion. Then all that started collected interest for the next 17 years, and with compounding that grew to $8.2 Trillion by Sept. 30, 2010. Clinton, Bush II and Obama are not to blame for that interest, and without it, Clinton would have paid off most of the $1 Trillion WWII debt that Reagan scared us with to get elected. And Bush II (and his supply siders) would have run up only $3.8 Trillion — not $6.1T, which is what actually happened under Bush II. (A clear proof of this with document links.)
        Before the supply siders, Dems and Repubs brought the debt down relative to our income in 27 out of 35 years. The supply siders (with Reagan and the Bushes) raised it 20 out of 20 years. That's no accident.
        The Supply-Sider's Hoax: Bush-I called it voodoo economics (but he got stuck with it). Their "theory" is that cutting taxes for the super rich will encourage them to work so much harder and make so much more money that they will pay more taxes, even though their tax rate went down. Well the voodoo didn't work in 20 out of 20 years. And now they want to try it again. And they've scared America again about the debt. It's easier now that they've run it through the roof."

        Full Article and Graphs at ZFacts com
        US National Debt Graph-What They Never Tell YOU

        Supply-side, voodoo, trickle-down whatever you call it, it is plan simple to use that theory to run a country.
        Hoover, Reagan...and Bush II all proof that it doesn't work....only if you consider destroying the country's economic stability as your objective...Osama bin Laden didn't need to bomb the World Trade Center to destroy our economy....supply-side economics does the job.

        August 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @ Tony P. from Oaklnad, California, you have your numbers wrong. Visit the treasurydirect.gov website, you can look up the debt to the penny for any date.

        http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

        Jan 20, 1993, National debt $ 4,188,092,107,183 (Clinton started)
        He added 1.6 trillion in 8 years.

        Jan 20, 2001, National debt $ 5,727,776,738,304 (Bush started)
        He added 3.4 trillion in 8 years.

        Jan 20, 2008, National debt $ 9,188,640,287,930
        National debt Aug 1, 2011 14,342,358,440,969 (BO added 5.2 trillion, 2.5 years)
        Aug 2, 2011 added another 2.2 trillion for a total of $ 7.4 trillion and counting.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Tony P. from Oakland, California

      John PA,
      Fact......Article 1 Section 1 of the Constitution guarantees Executive authority to tax interstate commerce if commerce business between States adversely affects the National economy.......e.g. Insurance exclusion of coverage causing epidemic bankruptcies adversley contributing to failing economy......reality check...

      August 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Reality check, deficit and debt are not the same thing. Take a look at your previous post.

        August 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  2. NYYinMS

    The President taveling by bus?

    Sounds an awful like a camapign tour to me....

    August 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  3. Tony P. from Oakland, California

    correction; Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution..........

    August 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  4. acheej

    Does anybody realize that our economy has been destroyed by our elected politicians of both parties by changing the "American Dream: of life , liberty, the pursuit of happines to every chicken in your pot belongs in an "American Dream Home?" Our media has failed us as well as our politicians. The policies enacted under Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Hud have destroyed our economy not to mention outright criminal behavior and no one has been held responsible or are on their way to jail. After last national election many men and women still remain in their elected offices, Our media instead of demanding our politicians be held responsible are in bed with them and try to tell the American people that these corrupt crooks can solve the very crisis, job losses, that they created. The C-Span hearings revealed how bad it was ,but you need to pick up the book "Reckless Endangerment" to fill in the rest of the blanks. How ironic that a bill named after two of the biggest characters in this mess have escaped responsiblity, along with many others. There are people of both parties involved with many years of listening to fake data and research who started us on the path to false choices. They knew it, but were bribed so easily. If our Attorney General of the United States has ignored this then you will realize that they would all have to arrest each other and that's not going to happen. For shame and alot of people should resign for failing to be a good steward of our tax dollars, but all we hear is the government needs still ever more piles of money. Our national debt is staggering and only 50% of the people in the country pay income taxes. Stop the class warfare. Enough is Enough. Most of Congress does not deserve our respect or support, except for the most recent inductees. So this wife, mother, grandmother says you go Tea Party. Hope you get even some more new members, because the old clubs have failed us. Wasting, squandering, outright theft of taxes has got to come to an end. Shared sacrifice? Economic Justice? Social Justice? Sick and tired of these communist slogans. How about a common purpose! Reform the tax code and put people back to work!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  5. Dee

    The President is not happy signing that bill there is no pomp and circumstance, and no people standing aroung during the signing. How do you read that message? He is tired of all the bickering and fighting and not getting anything done only trying to make him a one term President.

    All of this stuff is backfiring on the GOP/ Teaparty don't blame the downgrade on the President. The economy could be moving but they have bills held up in congress purposely.

    There is light at the other end of the tunnel and we are beinning to see it with all the bad report cards on our representatives, they were sent to Washington to do a job and not disrupt everything.

    We will remember you in the polls the middle class is the cornerstone of this country and you continue to protect the rich.

    August 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm |