Policy: Economy

Obama acknowledges futility of next major speech, plans to give it anyway

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President Obama acknowledged the futility of his latest speech on the economy before even giving it, telling supporters in his former campaign operation that he hoped they, at least, would take up his refrain.

“I’m excited about the speech, not because I think the speech is going to change any minds, but because it gives us an opportunity to refocus attention on the thing that the American people sent me to focus on,” Obama told Organizing for Action Monday evening while previewing his Wednesday jobs speech. “And some of the proposals that we’ve put forward are ones that are going to be very difficult to get through this Congress. Of course, everything is very difficult to get through this Congress.”

“[O]ur goal, I think, is to lay out a vision and a plan, and then to just keep on pushing — not just legislatively, but across the board — so that we’re changing the nature of the conversation and focusing on what matters,” he explained.  ”For us to be able to amplify that, we’re going to need OFA to get behind it.”

Obama said he planned to give “more of a thematic speech,” with policy proposals to follow — “some of which I’ve made before, some of which will be new.”

The president acknowledged climate change, “the scourge of gun violence,” and “the continued erosion [of] women’s and civil rights,” but he’ll focus on economic issues on Wednesday.

“[S]o many of the issues that we care about are more likely to progress if people feel good about their own lives and their economic situation,” Obama said.

The president will deliver the remarks at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where he gave first public address as a U.S. Senator. That speech also focused on the economy.

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