Obama Tries To Convince Americans They Are Better Off

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S. June 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A White House source has confided that Obama is “chomping at the bits” to get out on the campaign trail and get people fired up about the upcoming election, reports CNN.   Obama expects to “explode onto the scene” once the nominee is selected and “knows his power” to fire up the Democratic base, the source said.  “It’s driving him crazy to be mostly hands-off,” the source added.

Obama has been returning to certain places he had visited during his former campaign, or in the early days of his presidency.   Speaking in Elkhart, Indiana Wednesday, he said the GOP was peddling “economic myths” and declared that the country is better off now that when he took office.

He made clear references to Trump, outlining what he perceived a Trump presidency would be like.  “In today’s economy, we can’t put up walls around America. We’re not going to round up 11 million people, we’re not going to put technology back in the box, we’re not going to rip away hard-earned rights for women and minorities and Americans with disabilities,” Obama said. “These are permanent fixtures in our economy and rolling them back will not help folks in Elkhart or anywhere else.”

Obama claimed a Republican president would “lead to lower wages, it would eliminate worker protections, it would cut investments in things like education, it would weaken the safety net, it would kick people off health insurance, it would let China write the rules for the global economy, it would let big oil write the rules that protect our air and water, it would let big banks weaken rules that protect families from getting cheated, it would cut taxes for wealthy Americans to historic lows.”

“If what you care about in this election is your pocketbook, if what you’re concerned about is who will look out for the interests of working people and grow the middle class, if that’s what you’re concerned about — the economy — the debate is not even close,” Obama said.

Obama is using Elkhart, Indiana as a “sample” of the success of his presidency.   During 2008, unemployment was at 20 percent – now it is at 4 percent and the city is thriving.   The local Chamber of Commerce president said credit for the recovery goes to the grit and determination of the people who live there – not politicians in Washington.


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