WAUKESHA – President Barack Obama returned to Wisconsin Thursday.
Air Force One touched down in Milwaukee in the morning. From there, the president went to Waukesha and a manufacturing plant. That’s where he spoke to the crowd about job training.
President Obama greeted the crowd and then offered what he called real, practical and achievable solutions for the problems in our country. He said for the last four years, the middle class has been taking it on the chin.
“Even though our economy is growing and company profits are the highest they’ve been and the stock market is doing well, most folks wages haven’t gone up in over a decade,” said Obama.
General Electric’s Waukesha manufacturing plant hosted the president for his remarks. The site was selected in part because of what the president called proven job-training programs, which he says the country needs more of.
Many of the people standing behind Obama went through the program and now work at the company.
“You can make a really good living and have a great career without getting a four-year college education, as long as you get the skills and the training that you need,” said Obama.
The president signed an executive order, which orders a review of America’s training programs. He wants to find the best programs and then duplicate them.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson commented on the president’s Wisconsin visit, pointing out who was not there.
“It’s not a good sign for the president when Democratic senators and candidates like Mary Burke are distancing themselves from him and his policies. Quite literally running away from him when he visits their state,” said Johnson.
After the speech, the president headed back to a snowy airport. Air Force One departed the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Refueling Wing at Mitchell International Airport.
The president headed on to Nashville, Tennessee for his fourth and final post-State of the Union event.
President Obama talks with Governor Walker about propane shortage
While he was in Wisconsin, the president had a short meeting with Governor Scott Walker.
The two spoke briefly about Wisconsin’s propane shortage.
The governor says he asked the president to make sure federal regulations don’t stand in the way of getting more propane to users by truck or rail.
“So the president came, and I greeted him and I thanked him for his staff stepping up. It is one of those great issues where it doesn’t matter about party affiliations. You figure out a way to deal with it, and we appreciate the president’s team responding so quickly to us,” said Walker.
It’s not just a supply issue. The shortage has caused propane prices to skyrocket to as high as $7 a gallon.
Mary Burke not at Waukesha event
One person not at Thursday’s event, as Senator Johnson mentioned, was a Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke.
Burke campaigned in the western part of the state.
Republicans like Johnson accused her of avoiding the president, because his approval rating has fallen in Wisconsin.
Burke had tweeted that she had spoken with the president on the phone and shared with him her concerns about the so-called middle class of Americans.