Making a quick day’s escape from what he called the political “gloom and doom” of Washington, President Barack Obama came to a gray and windy Austin on Thursday in search of some rays of light.
His agenda stalled only five months into his second term, the president, with no small irony, chose Texas as the place to try to get his political mojo back, to redirect the nation’s attention and Congress’ energy to issues of jobs, training and technological innovation. The visit kick-started a series of quick “job and opportunity” tours showcasing what works in places like Austin. His message: if Congress primed the pump, the good stuff happening in Austin could “trickle up” to the rest of America.
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