He'd speak from the White House, at small businesses in the Washington area or, often this year, at the start of campaign rallies in political swing states. He used his remarks to reassure the public and financial markets, or press Republicans to pass his proposals for jumpstarting the economy.Congressional Republicans, and eventually Romney, would respond with vigor and cast the unemployment rate â¿¿ which peaked at 10 percent during Obama's first year in office â¿¿ as a sign that the president was leading the economy down a dangerous road and needed to be replaced.
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