Live blog: President Obama talks economy in Kansas City visit

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, July 30 2014 Jul 30, 2014 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:41:00 AM CDT July 30, 2014 in News
By: John Zupon, Jr., KOMU Digital Producer and Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

COLUMBIA - President Obama talked about economic issues during his visit to Kansas City Wednesday. His remarks at the Uptown Theater criticized Congress for it's lack of action on a number of issues, including the minimum wage, student loans, unemployment and tax breaks for the rich.

Dozens of people lined up in the early morning hours and the first person in line said she got to the theater at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Protestors are also on hand.

This live blog tracked the events in real time. Items below are presented in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top.

 


 

11:38 - President exits the stage, shakes hands with people in crowd. Many people have cell phones shooting video.

11:37 a.m. - President wraps up speech with the following: "We cannot afford to be cynical. Cynisim has never won a war, started a business." Talking about Americans he said: Because of what they have done troops are coming home, students are going to college, and people are getting jobs. "You don't have time to be cynical, hope is a better choice."

11:36 a.m. - President: The hardest thing to do is make real change. Special interests and lobbyists are being paid to keep the status quo. They want people to stay cynical. "Lets really fight that everyone gets a chance and that they are playing under the same rules.Let's give tax breaks to companies investing in missouri and the mid-west"
Make sure people who are working full time are not living in poverty.

11:33 a.m. - President: Businesses shouldn't be able to go offshore and not pay taxes, most people don't have that option: "It ain't right." Urges Congress to close the "unpatriotic loophole."

11:32 a.m. - President: The American people are working harder than ever, instead of suing me, I want Congress to do it's job, stop posturing.

11:29 a.m. - Audience starts to boo about Congressional inaction. President Obama says "Do not boo, vote."

11:27 a.m. - "I know they aren't that happy I'm president, but come one. I am not president for that much longer so come on."
Obama says Congress leaves in a month but they still have work to do, country needs resources to fight fire out west, deal with the kids at the southern border in a proper manner. "The main vote in Congress today is to see if they are going to sue me for doing my job" For taking executive actions to "help people."

11:25 a.m. - "America deserves a raise and it's good for everybody" President implores Congress to stop being mad and help out a little bit. "Stop this hating all of the time, come on."

11:24 - President: It's been five years since minimum wage went up. Businesses that increase wage see higher job growth. If you give employees more money, businesses get more customers, can make more profit and pay workers even more.

11:23 a.m. - President Obama chastises Congress for inaction on economuy: "We can't wait" so if they aren't going to take any action than we will. Mentions 40 actions to improve economy.

11:21 a.m. - President: need to strengthen middle class and help more people get into the middle class.

11:18 a.m. - "How do we make sure we have an economy that works for everybody."

11:17 a.m. - President: What I really want is people working for minimum wage can survive, that someone who's worked hard for 20 years can retire comfortably. "That's what we're fighting for."

11:16 a.m. - Decisions we make now determine whether "ordinary folks" are benefitted by growth.

11:14 a.m. - President Obama says decisions made about the economy are starting to pay off.

11:12 - President talks about lowest employment rate, saying it's dropped faster than anytime in 30 years. Economy is growing at a strong pace, consumers are spending.

11:10 - Obama says he gets many supportive letters, but some say, "You're an idiot."

11:08 - Crowd begins chanting, "We love you! We love you!"

11:06 a.m. - President Obama takes the stage to a standing ovation, starts with "Hello, Kansas City."

11:05 a.m. - Obama is being introduced by Victor Fugate, who wrote a letter to the President.

 

Lots of families are attending the speech together.

The president is expected to speak on the economy and the White House released some numbers an hour before his remarks.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be attending the speech.

 

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