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Obama and the Economy Drumbeat In Industrial USA

| On 13, May 2010

Today President Obama visited Buffalo, New York to talk about the economy with some local workers. Check out the clip above from WKBW Channel 7 News in Buffalo.

The visit wasn’t unlike others he’s conducted across the country since being elected POTUS.  He comes in and tours factories and facilities, gives a small speech, grabs some food with the paparazzi, and kisses the sky before the evening news comes on.  Same parade, different day.  Before he made his stop to see the workers, he grabbed some wings for lunch from a local eatery.  Gotta love a president who supports cholesterol-laden food!

Anyway, Obama kept it real with workers at Industrial Support, Inc. in Buffalo today when talking about the after-effects of the recession:

“If you’re still looking for a job, it’s still a recession.  If you can’t pay your bills or your mortgage, it’s still a recession. No matter what the economists say, it’s not a real recovery until people can feel it in their own lives.”

I couldn’t have said it better and I know many people in Buffalo agree with him.  If you’ve never been there .. my God .. they were definitely hit hard by the downturn.  Their “downturn” probably started before the rest of the nation’s!  In fact much of the industrial Midwest was turned upside down in the recession.  It’s rough for a lot of people across the country, but I feel particularly hard for this area of the U.S.

Next week, Obama will visit Youngstown, Ohio to continue talking about the economy. Now that’s a place that may make Buffalo look like Miami.  The steel industry has evaporated from Youngstown, leaving a city gripped with unemployment, crime, and people looking to jump back into new and unfriendly economic waters.

Plus .. *sigh*.. we already know that Youngstown is in Obama’s prized state of Ohio. (Shout to my home state!).  But, he’s already visited there seven times as president.  I need his travel planners to throw a dart at any of the other 49 states every now and again … Rhode Island, Utah, South Dakota … somewhere other than OHIO! Geez..

And the economy drum beats on….

P.S. – In more somber news, Obama also met with the families of the Continental Connection flight #3407 that crashed in the Buffalo area in February 2009. He offered condolences to each of them and promised to push the Federal Aviation Administration to enforce tougher requirements on pilots and flight safety.  The legislation they want to see passed will improve safety for the entire flying population.  His meeting with them was private and happened as soon as he landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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