AUSTIN (May 9, 2013)--The American economy "poised for progress,” President Barack Obama said Thursday during a visit to Austin.
Mr. Obama said those who are listening to the doom and gloom in Washington or watching cable news might think nothing is going right, but he said Americans have cleared away the debris from the worst fiscal crisis in their lifetime.
He said housing markets are improving, corporate profits are skyrocketing and the energy and auto industries are thriving.
The nation must budget smarter, he said.
He’s asking Americans to urge Congress to pass his proposals on jobs, education and raising the minimum wage.
Mr. Obama spoke at a technical high school near Austin.
He's kicking off a series of quick trips to highlight his proposals on jobs and the economy.
Gov. Rick Perry greeted the president Thursday at the Austin airport with a handshake.
Perry was waiting at the bottom of the stairs from Air Force One when it landed.
Perry said he told the president that he could learn from his Republican policies in Texas that has made the state a leader in employment growth.
Perry is a staunch critic of the president and made a bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012.
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell also greeted Mr. Obama, who was accompanied by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.