Yesterday, President Obama continued his nationwide series of speeches on the economy with a stop in Chattanooga, TN. The facilitator for this speech was the Amazon Fulfillment Center located on the northeast side of the city just off Interstate 75. The president was greeted upon his arrival at the airport by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN).
It’s worth noting that Tennessee is a “Red” state and none of the Republican representatives, senators or the governor were on hand for the scheduled event. The Chattanooga Times Free Press which is the city’s largest newspaper ran an opinion column telling the president to, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough”
Protesters that lined the streets outside the facility were prohibited from parking their cars or displaying their signs on the Amazon property. Many of whom came as far away as Oak Ridge, TN to voice their opposition to the President’s policies.
Despite the long history of racial tensions in the city of Chattanooga, the newly elected mayor is progressive in nature and plans to change the image of the city to match the vision he has set forth. Mayor Berke was once a student of Barack Obama when he was a law professor at the University of Chicago.
Rather than quoting exerts from the 30 minute speech on jobs and the economy, a link from the White House’s website has been embedded here. Video of the President’s speech in Chattanooga. A transcript of the entire speech is embedded here.
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Chattanooga Mayor greets POTUS to Chattanooga
Mayor Andy Berke along with Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) greeted President Obama to Chattanooga when he arrived in Tuesday. It’s not so much who was present to greet him as it was who wasn’t there. The absentee state and national leaders became the focal point in the speech as to what’s wrong with the economy.
Protesters and supporters lined the streets
Even though the President rode in a car which took an alternate route to the Amazon facility, supporters and protesters alike lined the streets anticipating the President’s arrival.
Air Force One flies over landmark in Chattanooga
Air Force One arriving in Chattanooga over Sir Goony’s 19th hole. The owner of the business who took this photo wrote this caption:
“How about some Goony Golf Mr. President or maybe you get out of that tank, let the wind blow in your face and lets ride some go-karts. sirgoonys.com”
President Obama tours the Amazon facility
President Obama arrived at the Amazon facility with enough time to get a guided tour. He talked to workers and marveled at the size and scope of the operation. Amazon is the largest online catalog facility in the nation.
President Obama signs a worker’s t-shirt
President Obama took time to sign the back of one of the Amazon employee’s t-shirt. Despite the protesters who were not allowed to enter the plant nor protest on the property, the POTUS enjoyed a warm reception inside the facility.
President Obama thinking before he speaks
This photo shows the President as he contemplates his next words. Even though his economic speeches are carrying the same theme of, jobs, jobs, jobs. He has a way of making his speeches unique to the audience in which he;s speaking.
Chattanooga Tea Party protest against Obama during his visit
Among those present at Obama’s visit to Chattanooga was the local Tea Party. The participants protesting were ordered to move seven miles away from the facility in which Obama was speaking.
At least 2,000 were in attendance for Obama’s speech
Inside the Amazon Fulfillment Center where President Obama delivered his speech on jobs and the economy were an estimated 2,000 participants. The inside of the facility was jubilant while the protesters were ordered to move seven miles away.