President Obama at a White House town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa.
President Obama has been in Iowa this week on an official trip to talk to folks about the issues affecting their daily lives—from the Affordable Care Act to rebuilding our infrastructure. Pat, a local volunteer, had the chance to attend the President’s White House Town Hall in Decorah, Iowa on Monday.
“I think he hit the nail right on the head,” says Pat. “It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Pat works in the insurance industry in Johnston, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. He has watched the community struggle since the recession hit in 2008.
“People always need car insurance, people always need home insurance. But a few years ago we started to get foreclosures—customers losing their homes and business dropping off. That was tough to watch.”
Johnston has a thriving business community, which Pat credits with helping the community survive the worst of the recession. Earlier this year, as part of a small business canvass, Pat reached out to local stores, offices, and gas stations to talk about how the President’s policies could help them and their employees.
“It was a real eye-opener for some. They had no idea that what the President was doing could have such a positive impact on them, particularly the Affordable Care Act. One guy who runs a day care center became a supporter because we stopped by and took the time to speak to him.”
You can find out more about the President's policy proposals to create jobs and strengthen the economy at whitehouse.gov.