President Barack talking about the economy in regular folks backyard….love our president! I am sure stepping on real dog poop is a lot better than the amount of dung he is currently digging out of the White House backyard. John and Sandy Clubb of Beaverdale, Iowa were mystified when they received the call that their backyard was selected for hosting President Obama backyard barbecue minus the dog poop…economic discussion speech. Sandy is the athletic director at Drake University, while John is a former firefighter who now teaches social studies and religion at Holy Trinity Catholic School.
Aside from Jon Stewart mocking President Obama….and amused that the president mentioned his name and plug the rally. Attached is the actual full discussion.
President Obama Backyard Economy Family Discussion Des Moines IA President Obama holds a discussion on the economy with local families in the backyard of Jeff and Sandy Clubb in Des Moines, IA. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much for being here. And first of all, I just want to thank Jeff and Sandy and Tristan and Skyelar for letting us use their backyard. So please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)
And since we are here, I should just say, go Bulldogs. (Applause.) I know how to work a crowd. (Laughter.)
I want to make sure that everybody also acknowledges your outstanding governor, Chet Culver, who’s here. (Applause.) The mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie, who is here. (Applause.) And State Representative Janet Petersen is here. (Applause.) All of whom are doing great work, and I had a chance to work with and get to know when I spent a few months here in Iowa a couple years ago.
It is wonderful to be back, and I thank all of you for coming. I am not going to give a long speech on the front end here. What I really want to do is hear from you. So what I’m going to do is just speak a little bit at the front end about where I think the country is at, how we move forward. It’s relevant because there is an election coming up, although I’m going to try to avoid making just a straight political speech here.
When I started running for President back in 2008 — 2007, 2008 — the reason I was willing to go into the race, even though Michelle was not crazy about politics and I had two young daughters who are the center of my world and I was going to be away from for quite a bit, was a feeling that the country was at a crossroads; that we had some fundamental decisions to make that we had been putting off for decades.
And there are a whole host of individual issues — education and energy and what we do in terms of our foreign policy — a whole bunch of discrete issues that concern me. What concerned me most I think was the nature of our economy and how the American Dream seemed as if it was slipping away for too many people.
From 2001 to 2009, the average wage of middle-class families in America actually declined by 5 percent. Job growth was slower during that period than at any time since World War II, at the same time as the costs of everything from health care to college tuition were skyrocketing.
And so what you had was a situation in which the very top was getting very wealthy, but the middle class, which is the beating heart of our economy, and those aspiring to get into the middle class, were finding it harder and harder to get ahead.
And there were a range of reasons for that, but a lot of it had to do with the set of policies that had been put in place, whose basic premise was that if we cut taxes, especially for millionaires and billionaires, and if we cut back on rules and regulations for how our industries and companies operate, and then we cut everybody loose to sort of do — to fend for themselves, that somehow the economy would automatically grow. And it didn’t work.
The other thing that was happening was that we were becoming less competitive internationally, so manufacturing jobs were moving overseas, you saw countries like China and India and Brazil investing heavily in their education systems and in infrastructure.
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