President Barack Obama told supporters on Monday that he plans to focus his agenda clearly on the economic challenges of the middle class, a theme he will lay out in a speech on Wednesday and follow up with detailed proposals in the coming months.
“There is no more important question for this country than how do we create an economy in which everybody who works hard feels like they can get ahead?” Obama told a small group of donors to Organizing for Action, an advocacy group led by some of his former advisers.
“I’m excited about the speech – not because I think the speech is going to change any minds – but because it gives us an opportunity to refocus attention on the thing that the American people sent me to focus on,” he said.
The White House started heralding this week’s speech – in Galesburg, Illinois – with an email Sunday night from senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer saying he had “just finished reading” a draft and wanted to explain “why it’s one worth checking out.”
Obama has focused much of his energy in the first six months of his second term on an array of domestic and foreign issues. But on Monday, he told a gathering at a downtown Washington hotel that economic issues would now take priority over others, specifically mentioning gun violence and his plan to address climate change.
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