Video vignettes of President Barack Obama's visitWatch a compilation of Times Free Press photographers video footage with different views from across the Chattanooga area for President Barack Obama's visit to the Amazon Fulfillment Center at Enterprise South. President Obama announced a proposal to cut corporate taxes as a way to create more middle class jobs during his speech.
As he began his speech in Chattanooga, President Obama recognized Amazon’s general manager, Mike Thomas, and company vice president Dave Clark.
After recognizing Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke the first time, he want on to say, “and you’ve got one of the finest gentlemen I know, your congressman, Jim Cooper.”Cooper’s district includes Nashville.
Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who was seen leaving the Chattanooga airport to head to Washington shortly before Obama’s arrival, is from Chattanooga
Obama also acknowledged that Tennessee hasn’t been exactly good for him election-wise.
“Look, I want to tell everybody here the truth,” Obama said. “And you know, look, I know that the politics for Obama aren't always great in Tennessee. I understand that. But I want everybody to just hear the honest truth. I've run my last campaign, so I don't need to spin.
“And here's the truth - there are no gimmicks that create jobs,” the president said. “There are no simple tricks to grow the economy. Growing the economy, making sure that the middle class is strong is like getting in shape. You can't just go on the muffin and doughnut diet and the latest fad and lose weight. You've got to work out and you've got to eat better.
“Well,” Obama added, “the same is true for our economy. The same is true for helping the middle class.”
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...