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Obama to visit western NC, Triad

Posted October 12, 2011
Updated October 13, 2011

— The White House has named some of the first stops on President Barack Obama's three-day bus tour of politically important North Carolina and Virginia.

The tour begins Monday with stops in Asheville and Millers Creek. He will spend the night in the Greensboro area.

The trip will be similar to a three-day bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois that Obama took in August.

The purpose of the trip is for Obama to continue pressuring Congress over his jobs proposal, and he often does so in states that are key to his hopes of getting re-elected next year. North Carolina and Virginia are traditionally Republican states that Obama won in 2008.

The upcoming trip will be Obama's third to North Carolina since June. In September, he visited a small business in Apex and spoke at North Carolina State University to garner support for his jobs proposal.

Obama spoke at a Cree plant in Durham in June and called for an engineering training program to help U.S. manufacturing. He also visited Cree during his 2008 presidential campaign.

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  • Here2tellya Oct 14, 2:02 p.m.

    All I can say is: I mailed a request to the white house for a presidential acknowledgement/greeting for my grandparents 65th wedding anniversary. NEVER HEARD A WORD BACK. For their 50th Preisdent Clinton personally signed a card and mailed it to their home. If Obama fails at as small a level as this....then....really...what else can we expect. Change? No thanks. With his approval rating in the toilet, he should just stay home and look for another "job". Just sayin.

  • retroconsultant Oct 13, 7:38 p.m.

    "I hate to be the one to break the news to you but the former bush chenney admin ran this country off the cliff a long long long time ago think back to the 1929 depression " - pbjbeach

    Got it. You get this from scaramouche?

  • ladyblue Oct 13, 7:15 p.m.

    IT HE THAT SURE OF THE VOTERS IN THOSES REAGIONS THAT HE FEELS THAT HE DOESNT NEED TO CAMPAIGN IN THESE AREAS OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.

    in reply to that question. To my knowledge he is not suppose to be campaigning NOW, which tells me the POTUS has his priorities mixed up. Weallknow he's campaigning but can't call it hat as it offends liberals. But common sense tells me he's thinking more of himself than HIS COUNTRY. It's hard for Congress or anyone to work out differences if one of the party involved is not in the area, but instead flying around the country to again borrow multi-billions more when we haven't had time to see if the billions were already mishandled in the previous stimulus handouts. Do most people stick their hands in the fire after being burned once?

  • ladyblue Oct 13, 7:00 p.m.

    Well it seems our President is still out campaigning. "I wonder if he's campaigning for a jobs bill or campaigning to continue his job first and foremost. It seem some posters still feel our country mess is all bush's fault, it's republicans fault. Oh some saying most know it's liberal democrats fault .. IMO it's everyone's fault.. Some have been too indoctrinated that they won't use but one side of the learning parts....(brain, ears, eyes) or they simply refuse to hear the REAL TRUTH. I think also that people are getting tired of the blame game and they want some solutions. I wish to know why is he not in Washington; trying to work with the house instead of flying around the country, putting out carbon footprints everywhere while speaking about borrowing more billions for another few green jobs

  • pbjbeach Oct 13, 6:13 p.m.

    CWOOD3

    I hate to be the one to break the news to you but the former bush chenney admin ran this country off the cliff a long long long time ago think back to the 1929 depression an who was responsibly for run the country in to that quimire an no they have done it all again with the same party at the helm whne it happened the repbulcians thatis who is repsonsible for the whole shooting match thank you

  • pbjbeach Oct 13, 6:08 p.m.

    WHY IS IT THAT WHEN THE PRESIDENT VIST NORTH CAROLINA THAT HE NEVER VIST'S THE NORTH EASTERN CONOR OF THE STATE IN COUNTRY LIKE HERTFORD BERTIE OR GATES OR CHOWAN OR DARE IT HE THAT SURE OF THE VOTERS IN THOSES REAGIONS THAT HE FEELS THAT HE DOESNT NEED TO CAMPAIGN IN THESE AREAS OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. EITHER PARTY SHOULD SHOULD TAKE N.C FOR GRANTED AS THAT THERE ARE VERY INDEPENDENT MINDED CITIZENS IN THESE AREAS OF THIS STATE. AN ARE TRUELY CAPABLE OF THINKING FOR THEMSELVES THANK YOU

  • retroconsultant Oct 13, 5:47 p.m.

    "the stimulus didn't work..."

    Yes it did. Stop lying to people" - scaramouche

    Depends on what you mean by "work". It certainly ran up the debt, paid off a bunch of Dem contributors and kept a few people employed for a year at enormous cost.

  • retroconsultant Oct 13, 5:40 p.m.

    " Why not do what every other country does or at least try large parts of their programs as they ALL have less expensive systems" - Plenty Coups

    You mean like Canada, where my brother's friend after waiting for heart surgery for six months died? And he didn't even need a death panel.

  • miketroll3572 Oct 13, 5:16 p.m.

    On the contrary, he should go to the fair. He could volunteer in the dunking booth and make enough money to pay off the national debt.

    Well said.........absolutely hilarious but true.

  • miketroll3572 Oct 13, 5:14 p.m.

    Stay away, enough of obie already.........

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