Obama Plans Mid-August Bus Tour of Midwest to Focus on Jobs

President Barack Obama plans a bus tour of the Midwest the week of Aug. 15 with a focus on jobs, a White House official said.

Jennifer Psaki, the White House deputy communications director, confirmed a report in today’s New York Times but didn’t offer any additional details. The president, after signing deficit-reduction legislation yesterday, said he would be turning his attention to “new jobs, higher wages and faster economic growth.”

Obama is heading to Chicago tonight for two campaign fund-raisers, the first time away from the Washington area since a June 28 trip to Bettendorf, Iowa, for a speech on manufacturing, jobs and the economy.

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