Sunday May 30, 2016
ELKHART — President Obama’s coming to town. Again.
He visited Elkhart twice in 2008, during his first campaign for president, and returned twice to Elkhart County in 2009 to tout his plans to revive the U.S. economy, then in the depths of the recession.
Now he says he’s coming back on Wednesday for another address at Concord High School, which will be his third stop there. He’ll also take part in a town hall meeting at The Lerner Theatre, organized by PBS NewsHour, the Public Broadcasting System news program.
The Truth staff is keeping busy tracking down the details. Here are a few of my contributions:
- President Obama likely to visit Elkhart June 1 for televised gathering, Mayor Neese and others say, May 24, 2016
- President Barack Obama’s visit to Elkhart has political overtornes, experts say, May 25, 2016
- President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting in Elkhart to include 100 local guests, May 27, 2016
- Former Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore hoped Obama would return, lauds his efforts during recession, May 28, 2016
I did another story crunching some of the economic numbers for Elkhart County, comparing things now and then. That’s yet to be published. The economy has definitely rebounded, with lower unemployment, more people in the workforce and better wages in the manufacturing sector. The big question — does Obama deserve credit?
Come Wednesday, plans call for me to be following the president around. It’ll be exciting, exhausting, I expect.