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It launched his own three state mid western -- tour -- White House correspondent Ed Henry reports.
While it's being billed as official business and looks and feels like something else.
President Obama's aides insist this trip is aren't related to that race on the Republican side.
But there are unmistakable signs the reelection campaign is on.
A beautiful mid western setting American flags plus a new fleet of buses ideal for presidential barnstorming.
With stops in Iowa home to that straw poll everyone was buzzing about.
At a stop in the state that straw pole winner Michelle -- represented in congress but aides say the president target here is not Republicans in the race.
It's Republicans in congress.
Of ideas to put people to work right now.
What is needed is action on the part of times a willingness to put the partisan games side.
And say we're gonna do what's right for the country.
Not what we think is gonna score some political points for the next election.
He's visiting towns He won in 2008.
Which all now have unemployment rates below the national average pretty much guaranteeing He didn't face much anger at these town halls.
Some questioners were teeing up the talking points if we are serious about this -- We need to ask.
That millionaires and donors give up their tax breaks -- not all the burden is on us I completely agree with -- that's why the Republican National Committee is blasting what it has -- That debt and the war but we're not gonna sit around.
And let this -- continue on the bus tour paid for by the taxpayers of this country.
By people who are suffering with unemployed unemployment -- through this -- White House aides insist it's appropriate for the president to interact with people around the country on official time.
It Secret Service officials say new buses were purchased because leased vehicles do not have the proper security communications.
The White House is clearly hoping this bus tour goes better than last time in 2008.
Well it ended -- victory.
He rolled through Pennsylvania.
It infamous -- ruled a pitiful score of 37 in a bowling Alley.
Now voters will be the judge next year whether or not the president's early economic plan really was better than his bowling scores He said back during the campaign.
-- meanwhile folks here in Iowa waiting for the president to start another town hall meeting the next few moments may be waiting for a new economic plan but aides tell me that said the details won't really be coming for weeks maybe even.
Early September -- And and re with the president on the road and Iowa -- thanks for that.
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