President Obama Begins Bus Tour


President Obama left his tie in Washington and rolled up his sleeves in the heartland Monday.

He's meeting with Americans at a series of town hall events to ease their concerns about the economy.

"I want to hear and see where he's going with job creation," said Decorah, Iowa, resident Scot Schaeffer.

"I think he needs to listen to what small America needs a lot more," said Juile Lukes of Kelmer, Iowa.

The president says the only thing holding up his plans to boost the economy with payroll tax cuts and infrastructure projects is Congress.

"All that's missing now is the will to get it done," he said. "And we're gonna be pushing Congress hard in September."

Obama also took a shot at the republican presidential candidates, pointing to a debate last week when all eight on stage said they wouldn't include tax revenue in a debt-reduction plan.

"What that tells me is that you've gotten to the point where you're just thinking about politics, you're not thinking about common sense."

President Obama is meeting Iowa voters with his lowest approval rating since taking office. Just 39 percent of Americans think he's doing a good job.

While the bus tour is official White House business, it takes President Obama through a state where his potential GOP challengers have been campaigning hard.

"We're just talking to folks."

Texas Governor Rick Perry is on his first swing through Iowa. He spent four hours at the state fair.

"I know what this country needs," he said. "We need to get Americans back working."

Both Governor Perry and the President will continue making their cases to Iowa voters Tuesday.

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  • by Tom on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    Is he riding in the back of the bus?????
  • by thomas Location: ozark on Aug 18, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    he should resign he is the worst president we have ever had and all his cronnies should go to. all he has ever done is campaign and stay in front of tv casmeras.
  • by Jim Location: Dothan on Aug 16, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    And his minions in the White House say it is "an Economy". $1.1 Million dollars for a bus is economy? His economies like this is the main reason our Economy is in the shape it is now.
  • by another term??? on Aug 16, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    Why? Is he campaign mode now,when our country is in need of leadership,,He is missing in action and seems to be worried more about his reelection effort than the welfare of the our nation.
  • by Daniel Location: Dothan on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:54 PM
    Great just what we need, Obama wasting more tax dollars. If he really wanted to save this country money, he would stop giving millions of dollars to terrorist harboring countries like Pakistan. Rather he would just keep taxing the working American citizen. Another classic example of an imbecile in office.
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