President Barack Obama reviews his trip last week to Minneapolis which was billed as the first in a series of trips aimed at reconnecting Obama with Democrats but which Republicans dismissed as a public relations campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama on Saturday (June 28) reviewed his trip last week to Minneapolis which was billed as the first in a series of trips aimed at reconnecting Obama with Democrats, ahead of midterm elections in November. "I went because of a letter I received from a working mother named Rebekah, who shared with me the hardships her young family has faced since the financial crisis." Obama said during his weekly address. Obama said there are still too many middle-class families like hers who are struggling to get ahead and he placed much of the blame on Republicans in Congress. "The problem is, Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class," Obama said. "This year alone, they've said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance. And rather than invest in education that helps working families get ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans," he said. Republicans dismissed Obama's "day in the life" trips as a public relations campaign but White House Josh Earnest has defended Obama's approach, saying the goal is to give the president "an authentic opportunity to see at least part of the world through the eyes of this one working mom in Minnesota." A year and a half into his second term, Obama's job approval ratings have slid to 41 percent, Gallup said on Tuesday (June 24), with voters concerned about the economy and the way the White House has handled the insurgency in Iraq.