President Barack Obama brought his vision of the next four years to thousands gathered at Lima Senior High School Friday.
LIMA — President Barack Obama brought his vision for the next four years to West Central Ohio on Friday. Obama plans to give every young American a shot at a good education by hiring more teachers to help grow the economy and cut the growth of tuition in half over the next 10 years. By recruiting 100,000 math and science teachers so kids don’t fall behind the rest of the world plus training 2 million Americans at community colleges with the skills that businesses are looking for right now, he believes the strategies will grow an economy, with the end result of creating jobs. He is convinced that through education, the United States will have the best workers in the world and will attract more companies.
Change is the very thing he is fighting for in this election.
“Change comes when we live up to this country’s legacy of innovation. We’re not just building cars again; we’re building better cars,” Obama solidified his perspective. “They’re smarter, more durable and these are cars that by the middle of the next decade will go twice as far on a gallon of gas which, by the way, saves you money but it also makes us more energy-independent. That’s good for our national security; it’s good for our environment.”
Obama’s idea is not to subsidize oil company profits when they are making money hand over fist. He wants to support the energy jobs of tomorrow and cut oil imports in half — bring these jobs back to America.
“I want to reward companies that create the next generation of manufacturing here in America, making products stamped with the words: Made in America — with American workers. That’s what we’re fighting for. That’s the future I see for this country,” he said.
Obama’s campaign stop at Lima Senior High School Friday afternoon marked the first sitting Democrat president to do so since Harry Truman in 1948. A crowd of 3,800 supporters stood in line for hours and braved the cold and windy weather to hear him speak on job creation, rescuing the flailing auto industry and championing for the people.
“Now, Ohio, in four days, you’ve got a choice to make — it’s not just a choice between two candidates or two parties. It’s a choice about two different visions for America. It’s a choice between a return to the top-down economic policies that almost crashed our economy or a future that’s built on a strong and growing middle class,” he said.
Obama directed his attention to the “folks” at the very top in the country, who don’t need another champion in Washington and always have a “seat at the table,” access and influence. He said he believes the people who really need a champion are the Americans whose letters he reads late at night; the men and women he meets on the campaign trail every day; the laid-off furniture worker who’s retraining at the age of 55 for a new career at a community college.
“Lobbyists in Washington will never be working for them. They need a president who is working for them. They need a president who is fighting for them.” Obama declared. “I ran because the voices of the American people — your voices — had been shut out of our democracy for way too long by lobbyists and special interests, by politicians who will do whatever it takes and say whatever it takes to keep things just the way they are — protectors of the status quo. And over the last four years, the status quo in Washington has fought us every step of the way.”
Ex-Govenor Ted Strickland attended the rally and spoke prior to Obama taking the podium.
A handful of protestors holding signs questioning Obama’s treatment of the Syrian consulate attack took to the street across from the high school.