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

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Since that's my home town, I hope the folks there, told him to take his plan, and shove it!

    October 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • DPMacK

      Seriously? You expect people from Asheville to share your fascist views? Asheville is the most liberal and enlightened city in all of WNC.

      October 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Nancy McDaniel

      Great speech. Great crowd. "Right Now" is the new slogan. Stop the idiocy in Washington and get everybody back to work. FYI Republicans.... America is tired of your games.

      October 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • jean2009

      Do you mean to imply the good people, of North Carolina, are so overloaded with jobs/cash that they want the president to fail at bringing more jobs and tourist to North Carolina? I'm sure the people of North Carolina disagree with you.....now sit down and be quite.

      October 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  2. tim

    Look at that 747 in the background and just imagine it's cost to maintain and fuel. It's the mentality that anyone should fly around in something like that, that is resulting in our runaway deficit and why tax payers like myself are giving 40% of their income government. For those of you quick on the draw, I'm and independent voter....I despise both parties equally....they are both responsible for the mess we're in. Time for government to live like the rest of us, no excuses.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      I assure one plane regardless of size is not the problem. How about the 100's around the globe fighting wars?

      October 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |