Obama Discusses Green Jobs In N.C. President Obama is wagering that green technologies will create the jobs of the future. He took that message to North Carolina Monday.
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Obama Discusses Green Jobs In N.C.

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President Obama is wagering that green technologies will create the jobs of the future. He took that message to North Carolina Monday.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

As NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports, growth in green jobs has been at the center of the president's economic agenda.

MARA LIASSON: In Durham today, the president met with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council. He unveiled a new plan to train 10,000 new American engineers every year. He also toured the factory floor of Cree, a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient LED lighting, and he praised the company's employees.

P: So you're helping to lead a clean energy revolution. You're helping lead the comeback of American manufacturing.

(SOUNDBITE OF CLAPPING)

P: This is a company where the future will be won.

LIASSON: That leaves the president with a difficult task. He has to find a way to talk about the larger economy and 9.1 percent unemployment in a way that connects with Americans who are struggling, while at the same time projecting hope about the future. Here's how he tried to strike that balance today.

P: We've added more than 2 million private sector jobs over the last 15 months alone.

(SOUNDBITE OF CLAPPING)

P: But I'm still not satisfied. I will not be satisfied till everyone who wants a good job that offers some security has a good job that offers security.

LIASSON: The president said he was optimistic about the future. But when the employment numbers fell off a cliff last month, it was the Republicans who were left the most optimistic about their future in the presidential election next year. Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican Party, put it this way at a Bloomberg breakfast in Washington last week.

BLOCK: We all know the statistics. President Obama cannot possibly win re-election with this economy in the ditch. And that's sad news for our country that our economy is in the position it's in. But for our party, it provides us an enormous opportunity to defeat him in 2012.

LIASSON: Romney has said he wants to hang the bad economy around President Obama's neck. Today, a new Web video from the Romney campaign shows a bunch of out-of-work Americans - all Romney supporters - lying in the middle of a road in a desert.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAMPAIGN VIDEO)

P: There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery.

U: I'm an American, not a bump in the road.

U: I'm an American, not a bump in the road.

U: I'm an American, not a bump in the road.

LIASSON: Mara Liasson, NPR News, the White House.

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