August 18th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Obama takes jobs push to Ohio

President Barack Obama huddled around the kitchen table with an Ohio family Wednesday to talk about the economy and
health care before hosting a similar discussion with other families from the area.

The meeting with Rhonda and Joe Weithman and their two children was part of a White House push to show how Obama's economic stimulus bill has helped ordinary Americans deal with the economic recession.

The Recovery Act helped a small architectural firm co-owned by Joe Weithman stay in business by funding local infrastructure projects that required its services, according to information provided by the White House. It said the administration also subsidized COBRA health insurance benefits, which allowed Rhonda Weithman to maintain the family's insurance coverage after she lost her job.

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  1. bd

    When will President Obama or any other president go into low income areas with their agenda? I would like to see that and that would bring some understanding within that gap.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dottie M

    Just like other poster. When will he go to someone that does not own their own business. I do not call those people struggling Americans. Maybe he should go to a house of someone unemployed, cannot afford insurance, or put food on the table.
    I priced the Obama care in my state to high for the average american, plus a 2500 deductible. Who can afford that plus premium.
    I did not see how these people represent the norm. Just another set up to try to get votes. Did not work with me.
    They are so out of contact with the normal people I do not think he knows what regular everyday people are struggling with. I have cut back on so much I have nothing to cut back on. This means no shopping, only buy food I need. I was spending a little, but now I have nothing left to spend. I will not be boosting the economy. My husband makes decent money, we have no credit card debt, we are the people that did everything right, and dragged into this mess.
    Everyone is 2 pay checks away from disaster, wake up Mr. President.
    I think you should quit reporting on how great this meeting was, most people cannot relate to those people in that backyard meeting.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. reaper

    Buy a tiny, 1,000 sq ft house and never have kids and you can live the American Dream!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUkcjAtzzcI

    August 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JAMES Raider

    Obama needs a teachable moment.

    Leadership means pointing to clear defined goals and energizing Main Street. It means stating confidence in the bearing – clear heading and clear direction.

    What's Obama doing exactly? America is yearning for Leadership. . . .

    http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2010/08/pent-up-pressures-will-explode-into-new.html

    August 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jason

    Obama doesn't have the first idea about what religious freedom means. Take Islam for example. The entire religion, and culture that surrounds it is oppressive and bigoted – to women, to anyone of another religious belief, to anyone who doesn't follow its tenets. And this a**wipe "president" of ours insists on defending an imam who has excoriated America and American people – similar to the Irreverend Wright.

    August 19, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |