President Obama visits Elkhart

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ELKHART, Ind. (WOWO): On Wednesday, June 1, President Barack Obama returned to Northern Indiana seven years after he visited during the Great Recession. During that time, Elkhart County had the highest unemployment rate in the county at 19 percent.

Obama is expected to land at the South Bend International airport at 2:20 p.m. and will speak at Concord High School at 3:20 p.m. Later in the day, he will take part in a town hall meeting. Air Force One is scheduled to depart at 6:40 p.m.

Laid off worker who introduced Obama in 2009 glad he’s back

ELKHART, Ind. (AP): The laid off recreational vehicle worker who introduced President Barack Obama when he visited Elkhart in February 2009 says he’s glad Obama is back to see how the economy in the community has improved.

Sixty-nine-year-old Ed Neufeldt of Wakarusa was laid off from Monaco Coach Corp. in September 2008 after 32 years on the job. Two of his daughters and two sons-in-law also lost RV jobs. His four relatives are back in the RV industry and Neufeldt works three part-time jobs.

Neufeldt didn’t vote for Obama but thinks the president “has done a fairly good job.” He says he doesn’t know how much credit Obama deserves for the county’s economic turnaround. He thinks Obama may have helped some, but thinks most of the credit goes to the community working together.

Obama warns about politicians preying on economic anxiety

ELKHART, Ind. (AP): President Barack Obama says people should beware of politicians who are “preying” on Americans’ anxieties about the economy in a bid to win headlines and votes.

Obama isn’t naming names. But he says some politicians are running on anti-trade, anti-immigrant policies in an effort to play to people’s fears.

Obama made the remarks during a visit to Elkhart, Indiana. He’s holding up the manufacturing community as a symbol of the nation’s climb from recession to recovery.

Obama says his administration’s “smart” decisions played a part in helping Elkhart come back. He says he wants to bust “myths” that Democratic policies are bad for the economy.

Indiana’s Republican governor, Mike Pence, says Elkhart had rebounded “in spite of Obama’s policies” and that those policies inflicted onerous federal burdens on Indiana.

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