President Obama Talks Economy During Visit to Kansas City

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 07/30 2014 04:31PM

Updated 07/30 2014 04:33PM

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) President Obama got down to business during a visit to Kansas City Wednesday.

The president focused on the economy during a speech at the Uptown Theater.

"We have got back off our feet and dusted ourselves off. Today our businesses have added nearly ten million new jobs over the past 52 months. Construction is up. Manufacturing is back. Our energy, our technology, our auto industry. They're all booming. The unemployment is at its lowest point in since Sept. 2008. It's dropped faster than at any point in 30 years."

New numbers seem to back up the president.

U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of four percent in the second quarter of the year.

"This morning we found at that in the 2nd quarter of this year our economy grew at a strong pace. Businesses are investing. Workers are building new homes. Consumers are spending. America's exporting goods around the world."

GDP is the best measure of the economy's health.

After a frigid winter, American's got out of the house and started spending on big ticket items like cars, appliances and furniture.

The president said there would be even more of that if there was an increase in the minimum wage.

"America deserves a raise and it's good for everybody. So, some of the things we're doing without Congress is making a difference, but we could do so much more. If Congress could come on and help a little bit. Just come on!"

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