Obama Attacks on Economy and Seeks Billions for Community Colleges

Was2459281President Obama came to this struggling auto industry town Tuesday to urge patience for his economic policies, to thunder at his newly emboldened critics in Washington and to introduce an education plan intended to help displaced workers find jobs. After spending last week abroad, Mr. Obama made clear that he was renewing his focus on his domestic agenda, delivering a campaign-style speech that sought to beat back Republican efforts to capitalize on the public uneasiness with the economy.

“I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy,’ ” the president said before an overwhelmingly supportive outdoor crowd at Macomb Community College. “That’s fine — give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.”

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Pictured: US President Barack Obama makes remarks at Macomb Community College on July 14, 2009 in Warren, Michigan. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)