September 6th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

On the Radar: Obama and economy, latest tropical storm

President Obama will focus on economic issues in two speeches this week in the Midwest.

Obama's economic push - On this Labor Day, the White House will put its focus squarely back on the economy, following a week in which the Obama administration concentrated on Middle East peace talks and the end of the U.S. combat role in Iraq.

In two speeches this week President Obama will try to frame his administration's response to the recession ahead of the midterm elections in which Democratic majorities in the House and Senate may be on the line. Obama will outline actions he wants to see taken to help speed up the economic recovery, first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday and then in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday.

Poll finds GOP election advantage - With the midterm elections two months away, it seems Democrats may have to scramble to catch up. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll asked people if they would vote for a Republican or a Democrat in their congressional district. By a 52 percent to 45 percent margin, respondents favor the Republicans on the "generic ballot" question.

Tropical Storm Hermine - Tropical Storm Hermine is drawing a bead on south and central Texas. The storm is off northeast Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico and could make landfall near Brownsville, Texas, on Monday night or early Tuesday. Forecasters say the storm could dump up to a foot of rain in some places.

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  1. philipe12

    Until the federal reserve is audited, none of US will know for sure where the economy stands.

    September 6, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • alice

      Even so the president is on the right track now what does the GOP have to say about that

      September 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dee from Miami by way of Buffalo

    Are the American people so short sighted that we have already forgotten the who, what, where, where and just how our economy came to this place of discontent? My God people, wake the hell up. Why are we not willing to give this President tge same opportunity to succeed that we have given others? Couldn't be because he's different?? No!!!!, not us self rightgeous citizens. Why, we Independents are so independent that we don't truly know our bleep from bleep. We want change but when we get it & it's going to cause a little pain for some gain, oh my god, let's throw out the baby with the bath water. pathetic in deed.

    September 6, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Thank you Dee. I hope all the independents are listening. What scares me the most about people being scared enough to vote for the Tea party people. They know nothing about the background of these people. I believe that the dems are sitting back letting the republicans vote and at election time they will come out in droves.
      President Obama said we would have to tighten our belts. He said it would get worse before it got better. He said there would have to be sacrifices made. Now are those people buckling because its gotten a little nasty. Pull up your boots it may get a little more nasty. GOP has not said one substancial word of fix in 10 years, not ONE.
      Obama has. He is not afraid to try something new, something different. I think maybe america is not ready for new and cheap energy and will again let it slip thru our fingers and big business will seize the moment to make a buck. Shame on the limited sight of america. Maybe the dream dies not with our children but with thou.
      I also believe that the big money is holding on to it to make job markets and life harder on the stock markets and hiring of the real backbone people that make up this country. There is more of the working than the upper eshilone? lets demonstrate our voting power for the people, by the people. Let's get the hell out of the ditch.
      And a question: When gas prices went down why did eggs, milk, and groceries not go back down? It does not seem to make it onto the farmers hands though.

      September 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    Tell Obama to stop being like a child and take responsability for his watch. this economic downturn is because of the lack of consumer confidence in his presidency. So until he stops spending like a kid in a candy store we will not recover fiscally. So I say as a registerd dem from nm America join me and let's serve this I'll prepared president an eviction notice! Vote independent or republican and let's get back to the business of our nation. We need to repeal everything he's has done to this point and start fresh.

    September 6, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      He has taken responsibility for what is his. He is doing something about it even for what is not his. He is doing what he said he would do.
      Now you what to go backwards. No I don't believe it is because of his presidency, it is because Bush tried to slide it through knowing in March thru May and not saying anything until August – Sept so he could make it through till November elections. Yeah the screwing of our nation of business.
      Thank goodness we found out how precarious our economy was. I was just glad the next President did not want to quite before he took office. Sometimes doing the right thing is not the popular thing.
      What some cheese with that Ken... How about repealing all the Pharma aid Bush pushed through....That would be better Stategery.

      September 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TexVet

    Oh boy!! More tax breaks for the oil giants!!!!! Way to go bambie!

    September 6, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. philipe12

    "oil giants" tax cuts and the focus on them is the smallest of advantages bestowed upon them (big oil). And is nothing compared to the advantage of having your government not allow any new refieries built here. And all of that is completly insignificant compared to what not auditing the fed costs us.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bruddah

    I have read the comments sent to you on this subject. Unfortunately they represent an extremely uninformed public who
    most likely spend each eveing staring at their telivision sets. The problems we face require solutions from people who
    think unemotionally and without regard their own selfishness. We are close to running out of these people who will put
    themselves in the game. The reason being that a lot people withe internet access will simply shout them down, talk over
    them and simply insult their intellect since you offer them the oportunity to do so witout consequence.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |