U.S. President Barack Obama says the city of Elkhart, Indiana is symbolic of the country's economic recovery, but says in order to improve further ''we've got to come together around our common economic goals.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the country's economy recovery in this week's address. Obama spoke of his return to Elkhart, Indiana, the first town he visited as President and one that was among the hardest-hit by the economic crisis. Now back on track, Obama says Elkhart is symbolic of America's recovery. "It's because people there worked hard and sacrificed and looked out for each other. But it's also because we made a series of smart decisions early in my presidency," Obama said. The President says there is more work to be done and says it can only be done if people come together. "If we're going to fix what needs fixing, we can't divide ourselves. We've got to come together around our common economic goals," he said. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said a U.S. jobs report on Friday that showed the weakest hiring in more than five years proved that Democratic economic policies are pushing the country in the wrong direction. The report gave Trump his biggest opening yet to target Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on the economy, after months of mostly solid economic indicators. Clinton, the front-runner to be the Democratic nominee for the Nov. 8 election, has credited President Barack Obama for reviving the U.S. economy after the 2008 recession but has also said that the recovery is not over.