Pres. Obama Kicks off Economic 'Refocus' Tour

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WASHINGTON - Despite spending political capital on Obamacare, gun control, and immigration reform, the White House says job creation has always been President Obama's number one priority.

He kicked off his economic refocus tour Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., the place he gave his first major speech as a U.S. Senator.

While the economy is stronger than it was when Obama was first elected and the unemployment rate has improved - at 7.6  percent it's still high and lots of Americans are struggling.

Kereakos Zuras, a former George W. Bush advisor and an expert at turning around failing businesses, offered his analysis of President Obama's economic policies on CBN's Morning News, July 25.

"The key is to break through the tendency in Washington to just bounce from crisis to crisis," Obama said Wednesday. "What we need is not a three-month plan, or even a three-year plan."

"We need a long-term American strategy based on steady, persistent effort to reduce the forces that have conspired against the middle class for decades," he added.

Wednesday's address is the beginning of an economic tour and offensive against Republicans - think "liberal Tea Party."

Organizing for Action, the president's advocacy arm born out of his campaign machine, is gearing up for activism in August while members of Congress are on recess.

The president addressed the group in Washington Tuesday night as it planned its strategy.

Romina Boccia, with the Heritage Foundation, talks more about the president's economic tour below:

"I've got a little over 1,200 days left in office," he told OFA audience. "I am going to spend every waking minute of every one of those days thinking about and then acting upon any good ideas out there that are going to help ordinary Americans succeed, that are going to make sure that the next generation believes in the American Dream because they've seen it in their own lives."

The idea is to engage Obama's grassroots to promote his policies and gain leverage over Republicans in the mid-term elections.

Meanwhile, if Republicans feel threatened, they're not letting on.    

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said all the president's generating is a "collective bipartisan eye-roll." House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called his efforts a hollow shell.

"It's an Easter egg with no candy in it because Americans aren't asking the question, 'Where are the speeches?' They're asking 'Where are the jobs?" Boehner challenged.

This fall Congress and the president will have to tackle the budget and the debt ceiling. And the expected showdown over tax hikes and spending threaten to harm the nation's still fragile economy.

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