Some commentary from President Barack Obama’s visit to Chattanooga on Tuesday:
Former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp in the Chattanooga TFP: “We need some kind of grand bargain,” said Wamp, who now runs his consulting business in Chattanooga, Zach Wamp Consulting. “This excessive polarization is a cancer … We have got to come together as a people.” He said the president is trying to stimulate jobs and is proposing a fair deal.
On the same day President Barack Obama flew to Chattanooga to talk about jobs, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann released his own five-point jobs plan to get the economy moving, according to the News Sentinel: “I think it’s very important that when I say no to the high-tax, high-regulation, no-growth policies of the Obama administration, I have an alternative,” Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah, said Tuesday.
Lydia Flanders, the Amazon employee who got to introduce Obama at his speech, also in the TFP: “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. He signed my remarks,” Flanders said after the president’s 30-minute speech at the company’s Enterprise South industrial park center. Flanders, a 28-year-old mother of three, was chosen to represent the company because of her work ethic and upbeat attitude, according to the company.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, quoted by WTVC-TV: “I told him about our vibrant downtown. I told him the investment that had been made through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act had allowed us to get the gigabyte per second technology here. We talked about Race to the Top and education reform. He was really familiar with what was going on in Tennessee.”
Jim Brown, director of the National Federation of Independent Business in Tennessee, in the Nashville Business Journal: “I don’t think the president gets small business. This was a major policy speech, and he said next to nothing about what really drives the U.S. economy. “What concerns our members is that by focusing on tax relief for giant corporations, the president’s going to put an even greater tax burden on the shoulders of entrepreneurs and small, family-run businesses. That might make Wall Street happy, but it’s not going to help Main Street or the middle-class families the president says he’s trying to help. “