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White House announces Obama’s speech Tuesday in Osawatomie to focus on economy

December 3, 2011


— President Barack Obama is bringing his economic message to Republican-rich Kansas on Tuesday to “talk about how he sees this as a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those working to join it,” the White House announced Saturday.

Obama has picked the small town of Osawatomie, about 55 miles southeast of Lawrence, where in 1910 President Theodore Roosevelt delivered an historic speech that called for progressive policies to protect human welfare and guarantee social justice.

In a press release, the White House noted Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” address, in which the 26th president said, “The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so long as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens.”

On Tuesday, Obama will “lay out the choice we face between a country in which too few do well while too many struggle to get by, and one where we’re all in it together — where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their fair share, and everyone gets a fair shot,” the White House statement said.

Obama, a Democrat, and Republicans in Congress have been at odds over ways to improve the economy.

Obama wants to extend the payroll tax holiday that is set to expire Dec. 31.

“Let your members of Congress know where you stand,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. “Tell them not to vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays. Tell them to put country before party. Put money back in the pockets of working Americans. Pass these tax cuts.”

A family with an income of $50,000 a year would pay $1,000 more in payroll taxes if Congress does not act by the end of this year to extend that reduction, The Associated Press reported.

Democrats want to expand the reduction in addition to extending it. Republican leaders say they’re committed to passing an extension, fearing political fallout if payroll taxes rise on Jan. 1 on 160 million wage-earners, but the GOP rank-and-file appears divided, with many Republican senators voting against an extension supported by their leadership this week.

There’s also disagreement about how — or whether — to pay for any extension, with Democrats favoring a new tax on millionaires and Republicans preferring to cut federal spending.

On Tuesday, Obama is scheduled to speak at 1:05 p.m. in the Osawatomie High School gymnasium at 12th Street and Trojan Drive.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at noon today at the Osawatomie High School main lobby. One ticket per person will be distributed, and there is a limited number of tickets.

News of Obama’s visit prompted criticism from Republicans.

“In the last week, the number of Americans who gave up looking for work exceeds the combined populations of Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas,” said Kansas Republican Party Chairwoman Amanda Adkins.

“Hardworking Kansans expect clarity on a path to job creation, competitiveness and effectiveness. It is being delivered through Gov. Sam Brownback’s Roadmap for Kansas, not empty promises made by President Obama,” she said.

Obama has Kansas connections. His mother and maternal grandparents were born in Kansas, and in 2009 he picked then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve as his secretary of Health and Human Services.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.


patkindle 6 years, 6 months ago


Gary Anderson 6 years, 6 months ago

yes...just like EVERY other President before him...funny how you guys just seem to really dislike THIS President...wonder what is different about him....hmmmmm

shadowlady 6 years, 6 months ago

Just because someone doesn't care for him, doesn't automatically mean because of his race. People go by what a President has done or not done, so get off that ole road, that is getting worn out.

Gary Anderson 6 years, 6 months ago

Telling that you assumed it was race that was the difference I was thinking of...I can think of dozens of more pertinent differences than his race...but it was the first difference you thought of....hmmmmm...

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 6 months ago

Right, it's only an issue now because the democan is driving the bus. There's not a problem at all when the republicrats do it.

kochmoney 6 years, 6 months ago

They sure seem to be making up some strange imaginary things this one has or hasn't done. They make up his religion, make up his birthplace, and imagine slights in ordinary comments.

Granted, they also made up things about all the other presidents. It just seems piled a lot higher and deeper this time around, and some of it has some clear racist overtones.

Armstrong 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow still trying to play the race card

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 6 months ago

He's a mulatto.

Storm down in the gulf, how hard its gonna blow In the citronella candle glow its a cranky mulatto.

Opossum in the tree, devil in the leaves Mouse done stole the cheese, dog done stole the fleas

Heavens radio makes a sound like a brown banjo Opossum sittin in the limbs Devil gonna wait for him

John Hamm 6 years, 6 months ago

@shadowlady - I dislike him because as a "President" he's worthless! He's reached depths heretofore unfathomable - worse than even Jimmy Carter.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

Worse than even George W. Bush? (Who left office with the lowest approval rating of any president since they started keeping track of such things.)

kochmoney 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm disappointed in how he's handled many things, but he's easily earned lesser evil status when I look at the competition.

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 6 months ago

Yes, he is worthless. Besides killing Osama Bin Laden, saving the Auto Industry, getting us out of Iraq, the much needed health care overhaul and restoring respect for the United States internationally... Besides all that stuff he's terrible.

lunacydetector 6 years, 6 months ago

he'll be flying in from hawaii on air force one for his campaign speech, right?

james bush 6 years, 6 months ago

OMGosh! Thanks for pointing that out. Obama is The Constant Campaigner.

Frank A Janzen 6 years, 6 months ago

Just like the Republicans have been constantly campainging for President Obama to be a one-term president. He's got to fight back.

Steve Bradt 6 years, 6 months ago

Link to Roosevelt's New Nationalism Speech.

The more things change...

Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

This makes good sense. Because it will prevent tying up traffic in the larger metro areas with that very long vehicle entourage that goes wherever a president goes.

That part is annoying as hell.

Osawatomie = low low source of air pollution one would think.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 6 months ago

While I can appreciate the benefits of the President visiting our area I am still waiting for him to do something to repair the damage to our airplane industry that he contributed to.

He needs to visit Wichita and encourage the sales of private business planes. I am surprised that he has not done that.

...and someone needs to tell John McCain to shut up and stop making Boeing his personal punching bag. Some things should be worked out behind closed doors.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 6 months ago

But government doesn't create jobs, so how could Obama possibly be involved?

Neomarxist123 6 years, 6 months ago

It doesn't create jobs. It is very, very good at destroying them however.

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 6 months ago

Please enlighten us on which jobs Obama destroyed.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 6 months ago

My guess is that this is a shot across the bow to the GOP.

Game on.

Popcorn, anyone?

beatrice 6 years, 6 months ago

Another unAmerican post from someone who obviously hates virtually everything America stands for.

Keep counting down, too. It will just mean your disappointment will be that much greater when Obama is reelected.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 6 months ago

And I guess your stupid republicans have nothing to with it by saying no to everything. Do you have any schools, bridges, etc. that need repair where you live? Do you have any unemployed people where you live? You are as stupid as they are.

meggers 6 years, 6 months ago

Rush Limbaugh called. He wants his talking points and his Oxycontin back.

kochmoney 6 years, 6 months ago

Yes, when I found out that insurance companies now legally must spend 80% to 85% of premium fees on actual health care or issue refund checks to their customers, I knew our health system was totally destroyed.

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 6 months ago

Please enlighten us on how Obama has promoted the killing of innocents.

olddognewtrix 6 years, 6 months ago

I think this is oe of the dumbest comments I haveever read. Your hatred is soblinding to you.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

"It is appalling that any self-respecting Kansan could welcome barry o's visit to our State. He has irreparably damaged our economy, he has eroded our sovereignty, he has promoted the killing of innocents, he has tried to destroy our healthcare system and he has worked to remove God's favor of our country. And yet there are unpatriotic fools here in Kansas who are so enamored of his ability to sooth their fears, that they welcome him to our State. Shame on them!"

Is there a link to back this up?

thebigspoon 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, the link between his unfounded prejudice and his fingers.

Gary Anderson 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't welcome this barry o you speak are so filled with blind hatred you can't even force yourself to capitalize his name...I DO honor the President of these United States coming for a visit, as any self-respecting Kansan should. There is not one iota of truth in any claim you make about have been so brain washed by Fox...please turn it off and rejoin the human race...we will welcome you back with loving arms.

Larry 6 years, 6 months ago

Seriously Merrill. Did you just wake up from a 3 year coma?

windjammer 6 years, 6 months ago

No he has been wide awake after eight years of Bushwacker.

Sheldon Shogrin 6 years, 6 months ago

Must be another one of those people that blindly follows and praises a politician because they are of the same party. I've asked people that say O'bummer is great president to give me examples of the great things he's done, and all I've gotten back was the he's a Democrat. Barack's great at raising our deficit (more than doubled it in the first year he was pres), lowered taxes for the upper class, gave them even more tax breaks, cut education and health care...but is going to "make" everybody get health insurance or charge them more taxes-the reason those people don't have health insurance is because they can't afford it!

Jeff Zamrzla 6 years, 6 months ago

you do know that the budget for his first year was already set by Bush, right? The fiscal year for the federal government runs from October 1st to the next September 30th, ending at midnight.

While I am not enamored with nor besotted over Obama, He has done some good things like ending the Bush debacle that is Iraq. Further, the Obama-care law that took effect just yesterday says that $0.80 per dollar of your healthcare premium must be spent on healthcare instead of bonus money to the fat cats at the top. That is a very good thing. If the scum that run the ponzi schemes called 'for-profit healthcare insurance' try to raise your premium for any reason other than to maintain that ratio, they have to issue each policy holder a rebate check.

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 6 months ago

WOW!!! None of the stuff you said is true. There are plenty of examples of how Obama has been a great President. Here's just a few... killing Osama Bin Laden, saving the Auto Industry, getting us out of Iraq and the much needed health care overhaul.

The deficit is mostly due to GWBs term in office. It was BUSH who lowered the taxes on millionaires and it is the Republicans who are trying to keep the Bush era tax cuts, while Obama is trying to reinstate higher taxes for the very wealthy.

Obama has been working on improving education, the Republicans want to shut down the Department of Education and spend much less on Public Education... You can check our Governor Brownback's record on that.

And Obama has worked very hard to make health insurance more affordable and accessible to everyone. Again that was with plenty of fighting from every single Republican politician. Obama wanted a system that would have offered even lower rates with single payer Government insurance, but the Republicans and their Health Industry backers, would not have it.

So basically, you have no idea what you're talking about... But nice try.

patkindle 6 years, 6 months ago

In that speech, Roosevelt said, "The object of government is the welfare of the people.



shesalwayswright 6 years, 6 months ago

Strangely enough - my short film, CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR, shot in Osawatomie, KS speaks EXACTLY to this message....went viral last week getting tens of thousands of views a he's visiting there, what a coincidence! Don't get me wrong, I know he is not coming because of my silly inspirational video, it's just so random.

Cammie Braden 6 years, 6 months ago

I just watched it. Very inspirational! Question: did Osawatomie's downtown look a little familiar - the angeled parking and landscape beds? Lawrence's downtown was designed after Osawatomie's. My dad was on Lawrence's planning commission when Lawrence was looking at new downtown designs. He grew up in Osawatomie and our family owned a store in downtown Osawatomie at the time. The Lawrence Planning Commission took a road trip to Osawatomie. They like it and planned our downtown to look very similar.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

Will there be occupy dudes there demonstrating public defecation?

kochmoney 6 years, 6 months ago

Why, are you planning on a family reunion?

Abdu Omar 6 years, 6 months ago

“Hardworking Kansans expect clarity on a path to job creation, competitiveness and effectiveness. It is being delivered through Gov. Sam Brownback’s Roadmap for Kansas, not empty promises made by President Obama,” she said.

Sam Brownback's roadmap is a sham on the honorable Kansans and shouldn't be put in place. His ideas are not what Kansas needs and his attitude is too arrogant. Not a good govenor.

Centerville 6 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if Joan Wagnon will be there. She did everything she could to run Kansas businesses into the ground. Will never forget her contortions over being forced to allow them to use better depreciation allowances. It was pathetic.

Jimo 6 years, 6 months ago

Not a single word in either the story or the comments explaining why the GOP is intent on raising taxes on working Americans by an average of $1000 per year.

Why the Republicans have abandoned (no doubt, temporarily) their insistence that tax cuts never have to be paid for.

Why this middle class tax cut must be paid for but the extended Bush tax cuts for the wealthy do not have to be paid for.

Why the "paid for" option of a surtax on millionaires and billionaires--favored overwhelmingly by Americans in poll after poll after poll after.....--is unacceptable.

Endless blather about everything EXCEPT the issue: if the GOP gets it's way then on Jan. 1st the Obama tax cuts expire and the middle class--not the wealthy--will begin paying substantially higher taxes.

Centerville 6 years, 6 months ago

It is a dilemma. If you fervently want to believe that Social Security and Medicare aren't Ponzi schemes, and are self-supporting, then you wouldn't support a reduction in pay-in. If you understand that there isn't going to be a nickle in there for anyone 50 or younger, then cutting the pay-in just means cutting your losses.

Stephen Roberts 6 years, 6 months ago

Is Obama going to focus on the economy or spend the next year campaigning. Personally, he has spent a lot time campaigning and taking vacations over the last three years.

William Weissbeck 6 years, 6 months ago

Anyone care to comment of TR's views of the relationship among the people, their government and corporations? In case anyone forgets, this was the era of trust busting, moves to establish an income tax and attacks upon "idle wealth." Instead of spending so much time attacking the messenger and his bus, perhaps some of you need to give serious thought to the message, and more importantly the counter (non)message offered by the GOP. If corporations are so much worse off under Obama, please explain how it is that they have more money than Croesus to spend on mundane political elections. It's not patriotism on their part.

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