Obama to Campaign at George Mason on Friday

President Barack Obama will talk economy, job growth Friday morning in Fairfax

President Barack Obama is making a stop Friday at George Mason University in Fairfax, where he will discuss the economy during a grassroots event in the university's Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The stop is the first of two for the president Friday. After the event at GMU, scheduled for 10:45 a.m., Obama will continue to Cleveland, Ohio, according to a media advisory.

At both events, the president will talk with voters about the "two fundamentally different visions" — his own and that of Republican challenger Mitt Romney — "of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and restore middle-class economic security," the advisory says.

Virginia and Ohio both allow early voting; the president is expected to encourage those attending the events to register to vote, and vote early in person or by mail.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 9 a.m. Thursday at the Fairfax Obama campaign office (11215-P Lee Highway, Fairfax) around the back of the Fairfax Centre shopping center and Falls Church (7285 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) campaign offices.

The two campaign offices will allow a maximum of two tickets per person; however, you must have the name and contact information for the second person using the ticket.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Marie October 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Since the media reports Obama's got this election won, why is he wasting his time campaigning and going on TV shows?
Don Joy October 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
R. October 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
First, he's a winner and winners don't ever take anything for granted. Plus, as President, he has an important message to get out to as many people as possible before and after he wins a second term. Here's hoping for the landslide he so richly deserves!
Joe Brenchick October 03, 2012 at 08:59 PM
If those who are better off now than they were 4 years ago vote for Obama, Romney will win in a landslide.
MizScarlettsMammy October 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
@Marie--it's not over until the fat lady sings---and on election night, she will burst into a sparking aria to announce that barack has won!
Fred H. October 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Virginia only allows early voting for cause (business trip, etc.).
Keith Best October 04, 2012 at 03:28 AM
The economy and the jobs situation is still terrible. Obama said it was his #1 priority in the state of the union speech back in 2009. Epic Failure! Obama/ Biden is the disease....Romney/ Ryan are the cure.
Rae October 04, 2012 at 11:04 AM
There are always competing priorities in every person's job (including the President). Quite frankly, I'm not the most staunch supporter of either party, but I believe that it's important to remember...they're HUMAN. There's ONLY so much one can accomplish in a set period of time. And, don't complain about what is not up to par, if you're not feverishly sending in creative proposals to HELP solve the problem. And, I honestly believe that Obama's term was one (not unlike many politicians in the past) where you have an issue that just seems to take off and solutions for that issue seem (without any fault of your own) to develop exponentially faster than the others your currently working on. And, also, lest we not forget that he still has a politician's mindset that says, yes, all of this issues matter, however, issue "X" has a personal or financial pertinence. And to some degree, WE ALL DO IT.
Keith Best October 05, 2012 at 11:58 AM
What makes people think a first-term senator who spent most of that first-term running for another office is qualified to oversee the world's largest economy? Romney ran a successful company, a successful Olympics, he ran an entire state. There are your qualifications. Obama never even ran a lemonade stand on a street corner.
Maria Shireen Thomas October 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
By now voters should know about the 2 individual candidates standing to be elected as the president of the USA. How does a debate help the voters to decide who they want want to vote for? This is no football game where the debate is the penalty goals? You read and see what President Obama has done over the last 4 years. He has accomplished much more than than what could have been in 4 years as president. The economy is what it is right now because of loss of jobs, unnecessary war with Iraq, loss of young soldiers, etc Agreed. Even I lost my regular part time job. How can anyone expect anything to be resolved as large an issue as what this country is going through to be resolved in 4 years when the predecessor took 8 years to worsen the situation the country was heading? It is very easy to point fingers and blame the leader? Have you tried to help out? People want jobs created like it is to switch on a light. No. It takes time for the light to shine until electricity reaches the light switch through the various connections & ideas put together. So, my dear people, please think for yourselves and weigh the pros & cons of what each candidate promises for the future of our nation. Short term solutions will be good for that particular time but in the future will only create or build up more problems to fix. I vote for the candidate I believe has his goals to improve the job situation & the improving the economy for the future of our nation. You should too.
Joe Brenchick October 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
When Obama was sworn in as President, the National Debt was at about 10 Trillion. Now in less than 4 years Obama has outspend every president before him, bringing the National Debt 10 16 Trillion and counting. We simply cannot afford to give Obama a second term…
Lin-Dai Kendall October 07, 2012 at 06:29 AM
@maria shireen The issue at hand is the following. Will we as America continue to work on borrowed money, expanding the Government Sector as if it is an employment agency ( which by the way can take the revenue of up to 8 taxpayers to pay for one job) at the expense and cost of the Productive / private sector which has grown at an anemic rate (currently 1.3%) during the regime of Barack Obama or....will we reduce that suction monster as much as possible, let taxpayers keep MORE of their own money so they can invest, hire and expand productivity, encouraging economic prosperity and growing the economy simultaneously as you grow the taxpayers base w/ paychecks not food stamps.....the difference in economic platform ideology and approach to self governance is STARK. We need a Leader, a Mitt Romney, not an infatuated, narcissistic, coddled by the mainstream media adolescent who can not accept responsibility or accountability for the current conditions of our nation
Barbara Glakas October 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I reject Romney’s notion that we are not better off now than we were 4 years ago. Today:  The stock market is up.  Manufacturing is up.  Our gross domestic product has been expanding and has been on the plus side for the last 12 quarters. In early 2009 GDP was -8.9.  We averted a depression.  Unemployment has shrunk from 9.3% to 7.8%. (At the end of Bush’s term jobs were hemorrhaging at a rate of about 800,000 per month).  Osama Bin Laden is no longer a threat and we are out of Iraq.  The auto industry was saved.  Health insurance company abuses have been stifled.  Median household income has increased.  Foreclosure rates are steadily dropping.  Home prices are on the rise.  From a year ago, home re-sales are up 7.8% and new homes built are up 29%.  Carbon emissions are at a record low.  Consumer spending is up. Certainly we still have the debt to tackle, but there is no denying that many major indicators are in much better shape now than they were 4 years ago.
Jim Aspen October 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Latino Unemployment is 9.4% or 2,300,000 people. That is too high. Black unemployment is 13.4% or 2.4 million people. That is too high
Barbara Glakas October 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Yes, of course that is too high. Overall employment is higher than we want, and unemployment in some sub-groups, as you pointed out, is traditonally higher than other sub-groups, always. But the fact of the matter is that overall unemployment has been creeping back downward for quite a long time now and we are going in the right direction. Uemployment was 9.6%, now it is 7.8%. Growth was -8.9%, now it has been on the plus side for the last 12 quarters, ranging from 1.5 - 3.5%. Why revert back to the old ways of 4-8 years ago now?
Keith Best October 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Face it Barbara Glakas, Romney/ Ryan are not Bush. they have different views on how to get things done. Romney worked with an 87% Democrat legislature. This country has suffered too slow a recovery. What makes you think a FIRST-TERM senator who spent most of that first-term running for president knows anything about overseeing the world's largest economy? And before that he was a FIRST-TERM state senator who spent most of THAT first term running for another office. Obama never even ran a corner lemonade stand. Meanwhile, Romney ran a successful company, turned around a failing Olympics as it's "Chief Executive" and then ran a state. Obama/ Biden is the disease.....Romney/ Ryan are the cure.
Barbara Glakas October 13, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Keith, This has nothing to do with the above comments I made about unemployment rates and growth. We have different views on Obama/Biden versus Romney/Ryan, and I understand that. Whether or not you think that Obama should have had "ran a lemonade stand" on his resume before he ran for President, the fact of the matter is that unemployment has come down and growth has improved in his term.


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