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Pres. Obama visits Twin Cities to 'speak his mind'
by One Nation News Staff

It's hard not to notice when the president of the United States is in your town. President Barack Obama visited the Twin Cities for two days -- Thursday and Friday -- last week and even those with no newspaper subscription, internet connection or television access noticed the closed freeway on-ramps and squad cars parked on the overpasses of I-35W.

Security, as ever, is the watchword for America's 44th chief executive. It also was the focus of the President's speech. Pres. Obama expressed frustration that his efforts to ensure economic security for America's middle class has been thwarted by his Republican opposition.

"They don't do anything, except block me and call me names," Pres. Obama said during Friday's speech at the Lake Harriet bandshell in front of about 4,000 attendees. "It can't be that much fun. It would be so much more fun if they said, let's do something together. If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better. That what's make this country great, when we work together. That is the American way."

Pres. Obama was in Minneapolis to drum up support for popular support for the agenda of his final two years in the White House and to draw contrasts between Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming election cycle. His time in the Twin Cities, during which he visited an ice cream shop, a job training facility among other stops, was prompted by a letter from a Minneapolis woman.

On Thursday, he visited with Rebekah Erler, an accountant and mother of two. She spoke of her family's financial struggles in a letter that made its way to Obama's desk. It is the President's habit to read 10 letters from Americans each night. He joined Erler, 36, for a meal at Matt's Bar.

Erler introduced the President to the crowd at Lake Harriet on Friday. And, it was a crowd that was overwhelmingly in support of the president. He spoke for about 30 minutes on a slightly muggy, lakeside morning in tie and shirtsleeves.

"I can see why he's president," said one attendee seated near the front of the bandshell. "He's a rock star. That was a great speech! I loved the part about fighting cynicism."

She was referring to a portion of the speech which the President described as speaking his mind.

“The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times that I can count,” he said. “Don’t think that we’re not making progress. So yeah, it’s easy to be cynical. In fact, it’s kind of trendy. Cynicism passes for wisdom.

"[But,]cynicism doesn’t invent the Internet. Cynicism doesn’t give women the right to vote. Cynicism is a choice — hope is a better choice.”

Governor Mark Dayton and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also spoke at the event.



 





 
 

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