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Obama’s latest economic push has familiar feel

July 22, 2013 • National News


FILE – This July 19, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington. Drawing renewed attention to the economy, Obama will return this week to an Illinois college where he once spelled out a vision for an expanded and strengthened middle class as a freshman U.S. senator, long before the Great Recession would test his presidency. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama’s new focus on the economy sounds familiar, that’s because he’s done it before.

Since the first year of his presidency, Obama has been launching — and re-launching — initiatives on the economy. Some came with new policy proposals, others with catchy slogans.

Remember 2011′s “Winning the Future” campaign? Or the “We Can’t Wait” initiatives that followed later that year? Just a few months ago, Obama was headlining the “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour.”

So far there’s no slogan attached to the White House’s latest initiative, which kicks off Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill. The president’s advisers are billing his remarks as a major address on the economy, though no new initiatives are expected to be announced.

“I’m going to talk about where we need to go from here, how we need to put behind us the distractions and the Login to read more

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