April 27th, 2010
08:05 PM ET

Obama pushes wind power in Iowa visit

President Obama took his renewable energy push to the heartland Tuesday, trumpeting the merits of wind power during a visit to the state that launched him on the road to the White House a little over two years ago.

Obama's visit to the Siemens wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, Iowa, was the latest stop in his "White House to Main Street" tour, part of his pitch to middle-class workers hurt by the economic downturn.

"Lately, we've been able to report some welcome news after a hard two years. Our economy is finally growing again," Obama told workers at the plant.

But "times are still tough for middle-class Americans, who had been swimming against the current for years before the economic tidal wave hit."

While in Iowa, the president also toured an organic farm in Mount Pleasant and was scheduled to host a town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

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  1. beth

    That is a good place forObama to be. He carries enough wind to power it himself

    April 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    I want to thank President Obama for being relevant! He has accomplished more in the last 1 and 3 months than all Presidents combined since LBJ. It's truly amazing! He pulled us from the brink of a Great Depression. I'm not whining about the bailouts, I'm saying Thank you! He saved GM and Chryler, Amazing. Thankyou for saving those jobs! He is shifting the nation away from it's dependency on the middle east and other unstable areas of the world to meet our energy needs. Or does everyone want to keep sending our kids over there to keep the peace and keep the oil flowing? What an amazing accomplishment for America! Pushing wind in Iowa makes sense. There is so much room to take advantage of the free energy just blowing across the Great Plains!
    I thank Obama that my kids won't have to worry about getting health insurance. No denials for pre-existing conditions! Cash to help families pay their monthly premiums. Helping seniors with prescription drugs. Entrepreneurs everywhere will be able to start business now that health insurance is not the big obstacle it was when going it alone. If the American people reject Obama and the amazing turn around he has begun, than the American people deserve what they get. It will look a lot like the 8 years preceding this one. Does anyone remember that time!? The world hated us, we were losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands a month. We were importing more oil than we ever had before....The amazing marketing campaign of the short sighted Tea Party has managed to almost grab the ships wheel and head us back to towards the ice berg. Lets open our eyes, use a little short term memory, and not let that happen!!! Thank you President Obama, I voted for you once and I definitely will again!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. warlord

    obama rock's ne1 got a problem

    April 28, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Malcolm

    I am not an American and definitely do not live in the US, but the American ideology amazes me. It is extremely difficult to better appraise a situation when you are in the middle of it, so let Americans listen to people who view the country from a distance. Obama is doing an amazing job, and i still can't get my hand around this health care issue. Since when did increasing health coverage for 30million people become a crime. It amazes foreigners and now we definitely think Americans are stupid......stop shouting about the national deficit....its always been on a downward spiraling curve. Falling companies needed a bailout, and when the government did bail them out, Americans later accuse the government of taking over...socialism..You don't expect the government to bail out irresponsible companies with your money(taxpayers) and not exert some form of control for your own protection and eventual recovery.
    I personally do not like your president Obama, but he's done such a great job and i think what pisses off the Republicans is his courage to attempt and execute system and legislative overhauls that no other president has ever attempted. Either-way, whether you like it or not, he's already and will continue to leave a mark in American history...black president.....that seems to hurt..doesn't it....Try and swallow it then like a bitter but essential pill.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. PBS Basic Black

    Although Obama is focusing on renewable energy, many people believe there are more important issues at hand. For example, many people do not believe Obama is doing enough for African Americans. Watch Emmy Award-winning PBS show Basic Black this Thursday for a panel discussion that will seek to answer the question: What is the Black Agenda?

    The conversation will explore such questions as:

    – What is the black agenda?
    – Is the black agenda exclusively for black Americans?
    – What comprises a black agenda for the post-civil rights generation?
    – Who is allowed to set the black agenda?
    – What should be the most important or immediate elements of a black agenda?
    – What might a local black agenda look like for communities in New England?

    Our panelists will be:

    Dr. Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School
    Reverend Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church
    Darnell Williams, Executive Director of the Urban League of Massachusetts
    Callie Crossley, The Callie Crossley Show
    Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College

    Basic Black airs this and every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Basicblack.org and on channel 2 in Boston. A live chat accompanies the show on the website. Please join and let us know what you think. Episodes can be downloaded as audio or video podcasts at the same site or via iTunes.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Makayla Gonzalez

    Wind power is a good source of electricity but it also takes up lots of space just like solar power plants.*~'

    April 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anxiety Depression 

    i would prefer wind power over solar cells coz they do not waste a lot of area~`-

    October 14, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Curtain Lining 

    wind power is just as good if not better than solar power. wind power also generates more power per unit area compared to solar.,'

    October 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |