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Obama Pitches Jobs Plan

President Barack Obama sought support for his American Jobs Act during a speech Wednesday at NC State.

“I came to talk about how America can get back to a place where we’re creating good, middle-class jobs again,” he said at Reynolds Coliseum. “Jobs that pay well. Jobs that offer some security. Jobs that are available for all the young people who are going to be graduating from NC State. I know that’s what the students are thinking about.”

Obama outlined his jobs proposal, a package of tax credits, tax cuts and infrastructure improvements that would, he said, create jobs and “provide tax relief for every worker and every small business owner in America.” If passed, Obama said the bill would affect 170,000 small business owners in North Carolina.

Packed House

Obama asked the packed house to contact members of Congress and urge them to support the American Jobs Act.

NC State students, who made up a large share of the audience at Reynolds, greeted Obama warmly. Seeing Obama speak was “electrifying,” senior English major Patrick Holt said.

“I think it says a lot of good things about NC State that he came here,” Holt said.

“It’s nice to know that NC State is on his radar,” added Ronlee Ben-Gal, a senior graphic design major.

Speaking before Obama, Chancellor Randy Woodson said it was “most fitting” that the president chose NC State as the venue for a discussion of job creation.

“From our founding 125 years ago, NC State has a proud tradition of economic development as part of our core mission,” he said. “We create new knowledge through research. We educate students. We develop partnerships to drive innovation and improve the lives of our citizens. And we create jobs.”

Woodson noted that more than 80 startup companies have roots at NC State, including software developer SAS and LED lighting manufacturer Cree.

Responses (5 Comments)

  • Merranie Zellweger

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing for those of us who couldn’t attend.

  • This was a great day at NCSU. I was so happy to be apart of this very special day.

  • Nancy Swisher

    These photos are wonderful! Congratulations on a job well done.

  • COLVIN

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY FACELESS EXPRESSIONS IN MY LIFE. LOOK AT ALL THE PICS. DID YOU GUYS REALLY BELIEVE WHAT HE SAID? SURE IT WILL AFFECT 170,000 BUSINESS IN NC—IT WILL ASSIST THEM IN GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SOONER!!!!!. IT DID NOT WORK IN 2009 AND IT WILL NOT WORK NOW. OUR LAWMAKERS HAD BETTER READ IT BEFORE VOTING FOR IT. LOOK AT OBAMACARE –WE ARE ALL IN TROUBLE. I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT 2012 WILL BRING ALL THIS TO A SWIFT END.

    DO NOT BE FOOLED AGAIN.

  • Rachel Monteverdi

    Amazing photos! So glad President Obama joined the Pack for a day. : ) Thanks for sharing the pics.

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