McCrory, Obama chat about jobs, drilling

Posted January 15, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory greets President Barack Obama at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Jan. 15, 2014.

— Republican Gov. Pat McCrory crashed the Democratic party on the Raleigh-Durham International Airport tarmac Wednesday morning, joining the receiving line greeting President Barack Obama as he arrived in the Triangle to announce a major economic initiative at North Carolina State University.

McCrory was first in line to shake Obama's hand as he came down the steps from Air Force One, and he clapped his left hand onto the president's shoulder as they spoke briefly on issues such as jobs, Medicaid, food stamps and offshore drilling.

"It's an honor to build a relationship with the president of the United States," McCrory said. "We're the 10th-largest state in the United States of America. We need to have a good relationship with the White House and with Congress because a lot of regulations passed have an impact on us."

McCrory said he introduced himself to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and agreed to meet next month to discuss offshore drilling.

The governor even gave a one-armed hug to Democratic 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre, who flew down from Washington, D.C., with Obama.

"When we talk about jobs and the economy, it’s always the No. 1 issue here, the No. 1 issue nationwide, and to see this kind of attention from, literally, the highest level of government, it’s an exciting time,” McIntyre said.

McCrory said he was pleased Obama chose N.C. State to lead a consortium of six universities and 18 private-sector companies to create the next generation of electronics to boost manufacturing efficiency. North Carolina has committed at least $10 million over the next five years to the effort.

"All of us agree, Republicans and Democrats, that we've got to grow manufacturing jobs, and manufacturing is coming back to North Carolina," he said.

"This is not about politics. It’s about North Carolina’s future," McIntyre said. "(It's) about making sure there are jobs for people in North Carolina and that we can be a role model for the nation.”

The mayors of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill – all Democrats – also greeted Obama at RDU.


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  • lessismore Jan 21, 2014

    correction....Obama chats about the need to put more people on welfare because no one should work if they don't want to. Also, drilling.....ha....he means "no drilling".

  • myowngrandpaw Jan 18, 2014

    Watched WRAL post a FREE campaign ad for Kay Hagan explaining why she was not in NC with OBAMA. Can WRAL be anymore in the tank for OBAMA and Kay Hagan? No questions. No reporters. Just a video sent by the HAGAN office. Real journalism there WRAL.

  • computer trainer Jan 17, 2014

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    It seems to me that the Gov of ANY state should be the first one to great a visitor. Even one like BO.

  • dh1964 Jan 17, 2014

    "They spoke briefly on issues such as jobs, Medicaid, food stamps and offshore drilling"

    They talked about all that in a receiving line on the tarmac? Hmm... I'd love to see a transcript of that conversation.

  • rhess2 Jan 17, 2014

    One can only hope that Governor McCrory was sincere in his intent to want a relationship with The White House and Congress. While I give him credit for greeting the President at RDU, I can't help but wonder if it had to due with the economic initiative. Would he have been there if he knew no announcement was going to be made? I would like to see McCrory do more reaching out to the other side of the isle. Then we could finally call him a Governor for all the people of North Carolina.

  • sinew1 Jan 16, 2014

    Hope you enjoy the 4 years McCrory, doubt you'll be back.

  • GovernmentMule Jan 16, 2014

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    If you detest petroleum then I encourage you to stop using petroleum products. Time to walk the walk.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 16, 2014

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    Don't worry, my friend. President Obama is already familiar with Governor McCrory.

    He invited him to a dinner at the White House last year, and McCrory was rude enough to comment afterward that he had spoken to Obama and that Obama had not taken seriously enough his demand to begin onshore and offshore drilling in NC.

    This time. and uninvited McCrory cuts to the front of the welcome line to place his hand on the President's shoulder (you can tell this man is not Southern - no manners!) and immediately pester Obama to support off-shore drilling in NC.

    :-) Now, I'm going to take a wild guess and say this guy has ZERO chance of getting ANYTHING he asks for!

  • soulbrother4dems Jan 16, 2014

    President Obama, please don't get involved with Pat McCrory! Take a clue from the NAACP and see McCrory and the rest of the NCGOP for what they really are!

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jan 16, 2014

    Did they hug? IMPEACH!