Obama Sits Down With Clintonville Family


UPDATED: Thursday August 19, 2010 8:18 AM

President Barack Obama rolled up his shirt-sleeves for a kitchen table conversation on the economy with a Clintonville family on Wednesday.

On the final day of a three-day campaign trip around the nation, Obama met with Joe and Rhonda Weithman and their two children in their home in north Columbus.

Obama spoke with Joe Weithman about his efforts to jump-start the economy, initiatives the White House said have helped Weithman's architectural firm.
     
According to the White House, Joe Weithman's firm saw a drop in business during the economic recession.  The firm benefited and retained employees after last year's stimulus package helped Weithman's company secure work on a police station renovation project.

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The Obama administration  also said that tax subsidies from the Recovery Act allowed Rhonda Weithman to keep health insurance for her family after she lost her job in 2009.

Obama also held a casual backyard townhall meeting with families from the Weithmans' neighborhood before leaving for a fundraiser for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Columbus Athenaeum. 

Strickland, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, Lieutenant Gov. Lee Fisher and Mayor Michael Coleman are all expected to attend, the White House said.

The president is expected to leave Columbus at about 2 p.m.  10TV.com will livestream Obama's departure on Wednesday afternoon.

Police officers and White House security spent much of the day Tuesday preparing for Obama's visit.

The visit will close North Fourth Street from Broad to Gay streets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This trip marks Obama's ninth visit to Ohio since he was elected to the White House.

The President's visit is preceded by a new Gallup Poll showing that 50 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the way he is handling his job.

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