Locals React to Obama's Visit to Tampa

Supporters from Temple Terrace and all over the Tampa Bay area came to see President Barack Obama at Hillsborough Community College on Friday as he tried to stir up support and motivate Democrats to "do their part" in helping him get re-elected.

The battle for Tampa Bay's voters heated up Friday as President Barack Obama came to town to talk about his second run at the White House and the future of the nation.

Obama made a stop at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus in Tampa for a Friday afternoon appearance. More than 2,700 Floridians came from all around the Gulf Coast to snatch up free tickets to see the president at the school's gymnasium.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn stirred up the crowd, leaving the stage to chants of "four more years" just minutes before Obama took the stage. The president was humorous throughout many parts of his speech, particularly when referring to Mitt Romney campaign ads that will run ahead of November's election.

"Tampa, it's up to you," Obama said. "The other side is going to spend more money than we've ever seen on ad after ad with scary voices and me looking old and broke down, but I need you to still believe in me."

He drew a laugh from the crowd when a crash of thunder hit while he attempted to discredit Romney's policies. "See?" the president said.

Other topics ranged from infrastructure, American industry and the outsourcing of U.S. jobs.

"Today it was reported in The Washington Post that the companies his firm owned were 'pioneers' in the outsourcing of American jobs to places like China and India," Obama said. "Pioneers! Let me tell you, Tampa, we do not need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office. We need a president who will fight for American jobs and fight for American manufacturing. That’s what my plan will do. That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States."

Locals React to Obama's Visit

For Colleen Upshaw of Temple Terrace, her support of the president is based on her belief that he is the best candidate for the future of blue-collar jobs.

"That speech was very motivating, and now I'm fired up," Upshaw said. "I voted for him the last time, and I'll do it again. I think when you look at projects like the connector that we're building from I-4 to the Port of Tampa, you see the kinds of projects he is all about. That stuff just means more jobs for everybody."

South Tampa resident Alaine Procko-Oliveri was inspired by the president's take on party politics and his pledge Friday to work "with anyone, Democrat or Republican, who shares my vision."

"I think the fact that he wants to work with everyone, not just Democrats is what makes him special," Procko-Oliveri said. "I like his ideas for manufacturing jobs domestically and not sending them overseas like his opponent."

The issue of mass transit stirred a cheer with the Floridians in attendance. Obama's ideas on the country's future infrastructure were greeted with delight from 27-year old Michael Fitzwater of Seminole Heights.

"I thought he said a lot of great things about our infrastructure from our ports to our roads," Fitzwater said. "He wanted to give us the money to bring in high speed rail to Orlando, and I think that is important. Tampa is a blue-collar city, and that would bring those kinds of jobs."

Driving up from Sarasota, Jean Spaeth went the extra mile to see the president and said she was impressed by his demeanor. Spaeth is hoping to see Obama re-elected so that he can continue his work to change the face of the nation, she said.

"He was very uplifting and wonderful as always," Spaeth said. "He's very clear about what he stands for, unlike Romney, who I have no idea where he'd go. It makes all the difference. I also back him because he wanted to improve our transit systems here in Florida, which in a state where you don't have a lot of young people staying here, that's important. I really do believe that he wakes up every day with our best interests at heart."

What did you think of Obama's remarks in Tampa? Will you be voting for him in 2012? Post a comment below.

john vollmer June 23, 2012 at 01:33 PM
anyone who would vote for him again has no job and wants no job-its called welfare
Bradley Crocks June 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Face it John...welfare is what you get when you let the wealthy backers of the Republican party pay companies via tax incentives to export American jobs. How you republican "sheeple" can be so blind and still survive is beyond me.
beano bomb June 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Gosh if you need a job why not start another war like Bush did.
Mike Deren June 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Face it Mr. Crock... Mr. Failed Community organizer is more concerned about passing bogus health care legislation that nobody read before voting on and giving illegal immigrants the right to work in this country than he is about putting Americans back to work. Just wait if he is elected again and his positions "evolve" even further away from what made this country great. Only Sheeple are the people who vote for this "blamer in chief".
Julie Burnside June 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
John is telling it like it is..............It's time for the President to stand up and be accountable for his failed policies and the failing economy. Four more years of Obama and we will look like a third world country. It is time people started depending on themselves for success and not the government.
bonnie jackson June 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Divide and conquer. He seems to be doing a good job at that. Someday we'll all be speaking Chinese. We have no business "loaning" or "giving" other countries financial aid when we borrow daily from China. What is wrong with this picture folks?
Paddy O'Firnacher June 24, 2012 at 04:20 PM
How utterly astonishing that people who made time to attend an Obama rally would voice support for his re-election. I, meanwhile, settled for news accounts -- several of them. And what became obvious is that while Mr. Obama was full of vigor and all that Hope and Change baloney he advanced four years ago, he had nothing of substance to say. And how could he. He's accomplished nothing of substnace in the last four years, except to drive this country $5 trillion more into debt, piss away $500 million in taxpayers money on a solar panel firm that he knew was headed for bankruptcy and done nonthing of significance to reduce an unemployment rate which has now reached the real figure of nearly 15 percent -- which counts those people who can be tracked as out of work as well as extrapolating the number of people who can no longer be tracked because they've exhausted their unemployment benefits and still can't find work. I'm sure there are beaucoup young people attending the Obama rally who wet their pants every time he talks about (ahem) hope and change. I, however, have been through enough elections in my lifetime to understand that when you have no record to run on you reach for "hope and change" or "camelot" or any other high-sounding phrase that elevates your candidacy far above what it would be if people merely examined your record.
Garry Boyle June 24, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Right on. Bradley Crocks neglects to say that the majority of the Green companies that the Obama Administration invested our tax dollars in are manufacturing outside the USA. I would imagine that the 23 million Americans who want a job and have been looking for a job for 4 years will not be inclined to vote for Obama who has no clue on how America can create jobs. He does know how Chicago mob leaders work, how to buy votes, and depend on the boss who hands out money and favors.
Robert Campbell June 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Robert Campbell 5:05 PM JUNE 24 Obozo, I will keep my money,guns, and Religion. You can keep the Change!!
Tony June 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Ok, to the genius with Bush derangement syndrome, I know 11 years is a long time to keep your attention span and you'd rather rewrite history but we went into Afghanistan because the Taliban were providing safe harbor to the terrorist group that attacked us on 9/11 killing 3,000 innocent Americans. The Taliban, that very same group of terrorists who kill Afghani women and children because they have the nerve to go to school or heaven forbid, go out in public. Yep, that bery same terrorist group that the king and his naive followers are 'negotiating' with today. As for Iraq, you probably choose to forget they were violating your almighty UN by shooting at our planes on a daily basis that were enforcing the no fly zone. And there's the little matter of wmd,.I'm sure you remember then Senator Hillary publicly stating Sadaam had wmd. She wasn't given phoney doctored up papers, she was giben the same Intel the pres sees and the rest of theIntelligence Committee. Since you probably wouldn't believe our friends such as England, you might believe Russian Intelligence who also believed he had it. So get your head of of your rear and tell the truth for a change, something the left has a lot of trouble with tve last 15-20 years as evidenced by your global warming scam and the king howling about phoney stories about Romney shipping jobs overseas. The trjth seems to elude you.
SRQ Beth June 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
You said it, Paddy!!! He talks a good talk and that's where it ends. He will say and do anything to get elected.
T Jackson June 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM
John Roberts June 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
It is amazing how the facts get forgotten. Also remember how Bush did such a horrible job of uniting the country and rebuilding our economy post 9/11. Bush was a hero and should be remembered for the good he did for our country. All i got to say is Bush and Republican policy = Texas and prosperity, Obama policies = Chicago and poverty! Ouch the truth SUCKS doesn't it!!!!
Chaz Schmitz June 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I hate to break the news to my hate the rich - your a racist- bush did it liberal freinds - but you guy n girls are goin down faster then a ho at sturgis --
Darryl Aaron June 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
In my opinion, this election will be about the lesser of two evils. The Republicans want to protect the 1% and let the 99% pay for the full ride with trickle down policies, which didn't work during the Bush administration. Even if you do not agree with some or all of President Obama's policies how could anyone forget what happened under the Republicans, all the US soldiers who were killed in Iraq and the economy imploding under their leadership. I am not totally happy with the Democrats, but I know things will be worse under Romney / the Republicans. LET'S KEEP MOVING THIS COUNTRY FORWARD not BACKWARDS!! Thanks 201Aventura
Manuel S Garcia,MD. June 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM
OBAMA said it himself.."if I did not fix this economy in three and a half years, this will be a one term for me." He always talk from both sides of his Mouth!!
BRAD P June 27, 2012 at 03:17 AM
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Andie June 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I think it's funny that people don't realize how bad the office was when Obama took over and the giant mess that needed to be cleaned up... that's due to the past presidents BTW.
grayson megilligan June 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Obama will say anything to get reelected. He as well as the Congress need to go. This country needs a complete overhaul in government. We need American Patriots running the government. We need these folks making sure that we have a strong military, that our borders are protected, and our deficet is eliminated. We need a balanced budget, and that should just about wrap up their obligations. It should be up to the individual states and cities to insure we have police, firefighters, and public works taken care of. Other than that, individual Americans should just get off of their asses and fend for themselves. God Bless America...
Cathy June 30, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Funny but Obama has outsourced jobs on taxpayers money. Brazil drilling Fisker motors not to mention all the failed solar panel companies And Obama laid off GM workers after cutting stock owners out of their stock all for the unions. Tell me about Obama not taking money from big Companies He's bailed out his buddie in big companies. Get a clue


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