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.