News / USA

Obama Ends Two-Day West Coast Campaign Swing

President Barack Obama waves before his departure from Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles, April 22, 2011
President Barack Obama waves before his departure from Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles, April 22, 2011

President Barack Obama is back at the White House after a two-day swing through the politically-important western states of California and Nevada. Obama used the trip and other recent appearances to urge support for his proposals to lower deficits and debt, while acknowledging frustrations in his political base as his 2012 re-election campaign heats up.

In California, Nevada and other states over the past week, the president has promoted what he calls his "Shared Prosperity Through Shared Responsibility" campaign.  

In doing so, he framed the debate back in Washington over deficits and debt as a choice between responsible proposals he has put forward, and what he says are more extreme plans by Republicans.

Mixing politics with fundraising, Obama addressed everything from taxes and the need to reform, but maintain government health care programs, to the high cost of gasoline.   

On the deficits and debt debate, he stressed that he and Republicans agree on the need to cut spending and attack the $14.3 trillion national debt threatening the nation's future. But as he said in remarks at a clean energy company in Reno, Nevada, the question is how to accomplish it.

"Just as ignoring deficits would mortgage our future, failing to invest in our kids and our infrastructure, and our basic research, and our clean energy, that would be mortgaging our future as well. And I am not willing to do it. And that is at the core of the debate that we're having right now."

The president and Republicans would trim at least $4 trillion or more over a period of 10 to 12 years. But Obama opposes Republican proposals that would fundamentally change decades-old health programs for the elderly and poor.

During his western trip, he again acknowledged frustrations with the economy, and a lack of progress on such issues as immigration reform and energy policy.

At the California headquarters of the social media network Facebook, company employee Lauren Hale asked how the president planned to shift the national political debate back to a focus on economic recovery.

"We have seen the conversation shift from that of job creation and economic recovery to that of spending cuts and the deficit. So, we would love to know your thoughts on how you're going to balance these two going forward, or even potentially shift the conversation back," Hal asked.

At a community college in Northern Virginia earlier in the week, Obama urged younger voters not to sit out the 2012 election campaign, warning that if they do, they would be allowing what he called "powerful political interests" to have their way.

"I can't afford to have all of you as bystanders in this debate. I want everybody to be in the game. I want you to hold me accountable, I want you to hold all of Washington accountable. There is a way to solve this deficit problem in an intelligent way that is fair and shares sacrifices so we can share opportunity all across America. But I can't do that if your voices are not heard."

The president's appearances at fundraisers in California drew some of the wealthiest members of his contributing base - business, movie industry executives and stars - easily able to pay the legal maximum for individual campaign donations of $35,800.   

At the end of his western trip, addressing a Democratic National Committee rally at SONY Studios in Culver City, he joked that he knew supporters were frustrated and skeptical, and that he too has been frustrated at times.

The president said he hopes his supporters, however, will be excited about the 18 months until the 2012 presidential election, and as he put it, the next four years after that.


You May Like

South Korea Divided on Response to North’s Cyber Attack

In past five years, officials in Seoul have accused Pyongyang of hacking into banks, government websites, causing chaos and inflicting millions of dollars in damages More

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Bentiu

Residents have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy, but planning for the future remains uncertain as fear of attacks looms More

2015 Could Be Watershed for Syria Conflict

Republican control of US Senate in January could lead to more aggressive policy against IS militants in Syria - and against regime of Bashar al-Assad More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil Wari
X
Adam Bailes
December 22, 2014 3:45 PM
In Sudan's state of South Kordofan, the number of amputees as result of civil war is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help. Adam Bailes recently visited the area and says a small team of Ugandan doctors has been providing remote help, producing new prosthetic limbs for those in need.
Video

Video Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil War

In Sudan's state of South Kordofan, the number of amputees as result of civil war is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help. Adam Bailes recently visited the area and says a small team of Ugandan doctors has been providing remote help, producing new prosthetic limbs for those in need.
Video

Video Jane Monheit Christmas Special

Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.
Video

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.
Video

Video US Business Groups Press for Greater Access to Cuba

President Barack Obama's decision to do all he can to ease restrictions on U.S. trade, travel and financial activities with Cuba has drawn criticism from some conservatives and Republicans. People who bring tourists to the island and farmers who want to sell more food to Cuba, however, think they can do a lot more business with Cuba. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.

All About America

AppleAndroid