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11 quotes that sum Obama town hall in Minneapolis

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President Obama used a town hall-style-meeting at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis on Thursday to express his solidarity with middle class Americans. “I know it,” Obama said. “You’re the reason I ran for office. I grew up, not in tough circumstances, but I was one of you guys.”

What the president said

USA SOCCER: “We could not be more proud of them. They are defying the odds and earning a lot of believers in the process.”

FEELING LOOSE: “Our agenda is still a little loose. I might pop in for some ice cream or visit a small business. I don’t know, I might just make it up as I go along. With Secret Service, I always tease them, I’m like a caged bear and sometimes I break loose. And I’m feeling super loose today, so you don’t know what I might do.”

FLOODING: “We made sure that FEMA is already on the ground here. The Army Corps of Engineers is helping build a levee in Warroad. I told the governor that we will be there as we get clarity about the damage and what needs to be done. You should feel confident that you’ll have a strong partner in FEMA and the federal government in cleaning up.”

ECONOMY: “In aggregate, when you look at the country as a whole, the economy is doing better than when I came into office, and in many cases significantly better.”

SALARIES AND WAGES: “We’ve got an economy that when it grows –when the stock market and 401ks are doing well -- it’s still having trouble producing increases in salaries and increases in wages for ordinary folks… We've seen wages and incomes flat-line even though the cost of food and housing have gone up."

WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY: When companies adopt family-friendly policies, their productivity goes up.”

EQUAL PAY: “If you’re doing the same job, you should make the same pay. Period.”

GUN CONTROL:
“The day Sandy Hook happened was probably the worst day of my presidency… "I thought it was going to be a breakthrough moment with Congress. The fact that it wasn't is a great disappointment...”This is the only advanced country that tolerates something like this.”

CLIMATE CHANGE: "The science here is settled.

MESSAGE TO MIDDLE CLASS: “I know it. You’re the reason I ran for office. I grew up, not in tough circumstances, but I was one of you guys. Someone out here is going through what my mom went through. Someone is going through what my grandma went through…it’s not like I forget…you guys are the reason I ran.”

PARTING MESSAGE: “Cynicism is popular these days, but hope is better.”

'Jucy' lunch conversation

The president's first stop between MSP Airport and Minnehaha Park was Matt's Bar on Cedar Avenue -- home of the iconic, cheese-stuffed "Jucy Lucy" burger -- for lunch with a St. Anthony, Minn. mother named Rebekah,  who wrote him a letter about her struggles as a middle class American.


PHOTO: Pres. Obama has lunch with Rebekah at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis (Twitter / White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest)

"I think it's going to be wonderful for me to let Rebekah know not only am I listening, but that she's not alone out there,” Obama said in a White House YouTube video. “What I’m hoping to do when I get a chance to see Rebekah directly is to tell her that not only am I listening and paying attention, but there are actually policies out there that could actually make a difference in her life if we can get Washington to work on her behalf.”

Then and now: Presidents at Minnehaha Falls

In 1964, Minneapolis had to open fire hydrants to “create” the Minnehaha Falls for President Lyndon B. Johnson. That won’t be necessary for President Obama’s visit.


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