NORTH CAROLINA (CNN) - President Obama stopped in North Carolina today to announce a bid to revive America’s manufacturing sector.
It's the first step in his newly imposed "year of action" that could avoid congressional approval for measures to boost the economy.
Shannon Travis has more from Washington.
Over the past few days, President Obama's essentially said:
Read My Lips:
President Barack Obama : This will be a year of action.
As I've said before, it's going to be a year of action.
This has to be a year of action.
In this year, the president vows.
Where I can act, on my own, without congress, I’m going to do so
If republicans try to block him, as they've done before.
Rep. John Boehner, (R) House Speaker: The president says he wants to make this year a year of action. Sounds good to me. He can start by calling on the leaders over in the
Senate to pass our jobs bills.
Among The Goals:
Growing the Economy
Expanding Economic Opportunity
And Expanding Access to Health Care
On Wednesday, Obama Turned Words into Actions.
Delivering This News To Kick-Start American Manufacturing:
I’m pleased to announce America’s newest manufacturing hub, which is going to focus on power electronics, is going to be based right here in Raleigh, North Carolina.
At North Carolina State University.
He also urged congress to extend unemployment benefits, one day after those efforts failed in the senate.
Who's missing from this picture?
A fellow democrat in a tough run for re-election:
North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan.
She did not attend.
Is she keeping her distance because of the president's slumping popularity?
Her office says no. Her critics say yes.
"While her buddy Barack is in North Carolina, she's back in Washington, hiding out."
It's a clear sign that Obama’s year ofpolicy and political "action" won't be easy.
In Washington, I’m Shannon Travis.