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August 15th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talk Back: What does President Obama need to tell middle America?

President Obama departs on a three-day Midwest bus tour today aimed at trying to reassure Americans about the economy and job creation as he looks towards the 2012 presidential election.

The trip will take Obama to three states that will be crucial to his re-election in 2012: Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. On his tour, he's likely to be met with criticism by people who, according to recent polls, are frustrated with the country's high unemployment numbers and unhappy with the political gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Talk Back: What does President Obama need to tell middle America?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Evon

    What can Pres. Obama tell the middle class, that he will continue to stand strong against the Republican garbage & selfish tactics that they continue. I think that people shold stop blaming the president for all the problems. People need to look at what the Senate and House are doing, and all their "Pork" that they put in the bills that are send to the President. Maybe the US should make all the millionaires in the US give the government 2 million dollars, so we could make the national debit shrink really fast?

    August 15, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  2. Douglas Fields

    The president should do what the vast majority of americans have said they want. Repeal Bush tax-cuts and quit pandering to the super-rich and special interests. The solution to Americas problems start there. ALSO- If they want to end entitlements, congress should start by eliminating their healthcare and retirement programs as well as their overinflated paychecks!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Brad Rhees

      President Obama needs to tell us why big business owns Washington and pulls the strings of every politician in Washington. The rich continue to prosper and the middle to lower income continues to loose what little gains have afforded them over the last decade. Please add the reasons why we (the lower class) continue to allow our elected officials to say that we must suffer lower wages, reduced levels in social entitlements, reduction in the education budgets, increases in military expenditures, higher wages and limitless benefits afforded to our elected officials. Why, in all of this, do we continue to allow OUR elected officials to be exempt from wage and benefit reductions, why do they continue to have a Carte Blanche lifestyle at tax payers’ expense? Why does the lower income person carry the brunt of the Federal tax burden when we have so few loopholes as tax shelters as the wealthier people do? Why, there are so many unanswered questions that are being asked at street level that our politicians never hear because they don’t live at the level that most people in the U.S. live, they have been given that ability by their constituents to elevate themselves above the rest of because they only work at providing themselves with their fortunes.

      August 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  3. Monty Gaither

    He and congress should listen to Warren Buffett.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  4. Steve deguzman

    Why do all of you in media continue to ignore the fact that republicans have committed to not doing anything that helps Obama get reelected? In his own campaign fundraiser McConnell stated that they couldn't agree to the debt reduction proposed because republicans were worried that Obama would get credit? How in the world can you all possibly sleep at night with this kind of destructive behavior left unchecked? Is it because the board at CNN is in line with republicans?

    August 15, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  5. Monty Gaither

    Since you cannot increase jobs by laying off millions of Federal, State, and local government employees and we cannot keep spending without raising revune. I want to hear from him that he can and will raise the revenue from the people who are the top 10% wealthiest people and all the corporations that are making billions in profits. That he will get the tax exemption removed from all religious organizations. That last one will increase the revenue by hundreds of billions of dollars. I know that I will not hear this, but this is the only way to fix the economy.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  6. John

    He doesn't need to tell us anything- he needs to listen to us. We understand what our nations problems are and big government spending is not going to fix them.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  7. Adam

    He doesn't need to tell us anything, all he has done since getting into office is talk. What he needs to do is stand up and lead this country and actually do something rather then parading in front of the camera sounding like the teacher from the Peanuts.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  8. dee banks

    president obama needs to come back to towns like our Youngstown and give us concrete ways he will improve unemployment not a few quick fixes. Not much has changed. We all rallied around him at Youngstown State when he came here, not sure the crowds will be the same.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  9. MyssT

    He as to let us know that he is openly and actively 100% against all of the union busting activity going on in the country. Trust me...there would be no unions if they weren't needed!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  10. bradyn shaw

    He is going to up the education standards, create jobs, and get us out of the dependency we have on foreign oil and commodities.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  11. Tom Watson

    Simple: Say he is NOT running for president in 2012, just like Lyndon Johnson did in 1968.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  12. Ralph Allen Beach

    President Obama needs to tell Middle America that things are not as he hoped they would be. And that he will personally help the American People! If President Obama can't do that then he needs to step down and let someone who will be responsible take over!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  13. mark

    President Obama needs to tell and outline to middle America a jobs bill. One that will paid for with the expiration of the bush tax cuts.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:14 am |
    • Jackie Hunter

      Look Mark...the President can come up with all the ideas in the world to create he has had some pretty good ones...but if Congress does not pass the bills...then it won't get done...and say that the President does get some of them through Congress..well if Congress doesn't vote to fund the bills...its not can blame him...but in truth, it is not the President's role to create jobs...Corporations and small businesses create jobs...if the corporations are hoarding their profits and not hiring then NO JOBS...infrastructure, green energy, high-speed rail...those are job creating ideals...CONGRESS needs to act and fund these's not all this Presidents fault...CONGRESS has to work with him and not against him...

      August 15, 2011 at 6:54 am |
      • Gary

        The problem with President Obama is he never has suggested any plan for jobs, a budget, etc. He only sits back and criticizes what others present. Can you actually show me a single jobs plan or budget he has presented? He has no ideas for these problems.

        August 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  14. MeLoN

    The only thing Americans want to hear Obama say is – that he is resigning ASAP. Nobody can stand him any longer and he is the biggest threat to America.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • Jackie Hunter

      And You Really want the Tea Party?...God Help Us!

      August 15, 2011 at 6:48 am |