Obama tells Ohio gathering recovery plan working - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Obama tells Ohio gathering recovery plan working

CINCINNATI (AP) - President Barack Obama told thousands of cheering union members and activists gathered at Cincinnati's Coney Island park Monday that his economic recovery plan is working.

"We're on the road to recovery, Ohio, don't let anybody tell you otherwise," said Obama, who took the stage as the sky cleared following a morning that threatened rain. "But, my friends we still have a long way to go. We're not going to rest. We're not going to let up ... not until all Americans have their shot at the American dream."

Top AFL-CIO leaders and politicians were taking part in the Labor Day annual picnic, and organizers said union locals handed out some 10,000 tickets for access to the area where the president was to speak.

"Across America, we've saved the jobs of tens of thousands of state and local workers, including teachers and first responders right here in Ohio," Obama said. "Don't take my word for it ask folks right here in Ohio.

"We're rebuilding America's infrastructure, including improvements to I-75 in Hamilton County - led by a local Cincinnati contractor."

Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou said in statement that Obama was visiting Cincinnati "during an interesting period."

"His approval rating is plummeting almost as quickly as his plans to nationalize our health care system," Triantafilou said. "It should be an interesting day."

Among those on hand to hear directly from Obama about efforts to overhaul health care was first-term U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus of Cincinnati. The Democrat said he wanted to be sure any changes will help small businesses and the economy, cover as many people as possible and protect those with pre-existing health conditions.

Driehaus said he will be flying back to Washington with the president and expects to get to talk with him about the issue.

"I think there are elements that we can come together on," Driehaus said. "It's a matter of really buckling down now and getting the job done."

Obama plans to address to a joint session of congress about health care on Wednesday. Obama supporter Dick Manoukian said he thinks the Wednesday speech will give the president a chance to take control of the health care debate.

"It's gotten out of hand," said the 68-year-old Cincinnati resident. But he expressed concern that Obama will might to a watered down plan to get passage. The president's scheduled early afternoon speech was moved inside to a music pavilion because of the weather forecast. Country music singer Kathy Mattea helped warm up the crowd before he arrived.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

    Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:41 AM EDT2018-07-17 06:41:55 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:00:17 GMT
    (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...(Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a...Full Story >
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.Full Story >
  • Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

    Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-07-17 04:20:06 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:57:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

    Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Full Story >

    Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Full Story >
  • California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

    California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-07-17 06:42:05 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:58:49 GMT
    (Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018, photo posted on the Monterey County, Calif., Sheriff's Office Twitter feed, authorities tend to Angela Hernandez, foreground center, after she was rescued, in Morro Bay, Calif. A...(Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018, photo posted on the Monterey County, Calif., Sheriff's Office Twitter feed, authorities tend to Angela Hernandez, foreground center, after she was rescued, in Morro Bay, Calif. A...

    A 23-year-old woman survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach after she swerved to avoid a small animal while driving to her sister's house.

    Full Story >

    A 23-year-old woman survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach after she swerved to avoid a small animal while driving to her sister's house.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly