Obama to embark on a bus yatra to focus on job, economy

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Washington, Aug 10: With his back against the wall, US President Barack Obama will embark on a bus tour across three states in Midwest, which according to his aides is part of a concerted effort to spread the message of the economy.

In an announcement on Aug 9, the White House said, "The President will discuss ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring in communities and towns across the nation and hear directly from Americans, including local families and small business owners."

And added, "The President knows we must do everything we can to promote economic growth, restore confidence in our nation's future and restore the sense of optimism for future generations."

The tour that starts from Aug 15 will see Obama making stops in southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary said, "The president looks very much forward to getting out in the country he's obviously spent a lot of time here in Washington and in the White House of late and to hearing from Americans, in the Midwest... about what's going on in their local economies, what they think Washington can and should do to enhance economic growth, enhance job creation in their parts of the country."

He added, "And that's what this trip will be about."

Interestingly, the three states that he will cover were the ones that he had carried through in the 2008 presidential elections.

It can be recalled that last week, US' credit rating was downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor's and that has triggered off fears of another recession in the country's economy which is already in the midst of a crisis.

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