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.