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From: Michael Shear >
Date: June 1, 2016 at 6:32:39 PM EDT
To: "Allen, Jessica" >
Subject: Travel pool report #8 - Excerpts from PBS
Here are some excerpts from the PBS town hall. These may be used now, without embargo, according to PBS.
The rest of the show will broadcast at 8pm eastern.
Questions for President Obama: A PBS NewsHour Special
Rough Transcript of Town Hall Preview Excerpt
01;00;01;04?Gwen Ifill:Many people including some folks in this room think the deficit has gone up and that jobless rate has gone up and in fact their lives have not improved. In fact, we have the nominee or the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party saying-Donald Trump saying America's a third world nation. How does your successor persuade anybody that's not true?
01;00;01;04?Barack Obama:Well it's important you said my successor because Michelle would be very upset if she thought I was running again. You just look at the evidence here in Elkhart. As you mentioned in the introduction, when I took office this is the first city I came to. And unemployment about a month after I took office, a month and a half after I took office, was almost 20 percent. One out of ten people were behind on their mortgage or in foreclosure. Today the unemployment rate is around 4 percent. It's only one in 30 people who are behind on their mortgage.
01;01;13;17?BO:The RV industry which is central to Elkhart is on track to break records in terms of sales. So that doesn't mean folks aren't struggling in some circumstances and one of the things I've emphasized is that there's some long terms trend in the economy we have to tackle. In terms of wages not going up as fast as they used to. Some big costs like college costs or healthcare costs that are still a challenge. People still worrying about retirement. And so we're going to have to make sure we make some good decisions going forward but the notion that somehow America is in decline is just not born out by the facts.
01:02:03:16 GI: But it resonates. It resonate with aggrieved people who are voting in big numbers for Donald Trump.
01;02;09;03?BO: Well look, I think that what has always been true in American politics is um...when we've gone through a tough and we've gone through the worse financial crisis of our lifetimes. I'm looking around the room and I think it is safe to say that the lifetimes and memories of most people here. Then you feel nervous people lost homes, people lost savings, people were worried about whether or not they could make ends meet. And even though we have recovered, people feel like the ground under their feet isn't quite as solid. And in those circumstances a lot of times it is easy for someone to come up and say, "You know what if we deport all the immigrants and build a wall, or if, we cut off trade with China, or if we do X or Y or Z, that there is some simple answer and suddenly we are going to feel secure."
01;03;18;24?GI: Why don't you mention Donald Trump by name?
01;03;21;09?BO: You know he seems to do a good job mentioning his own name. So, you know, [laughs] I figured I'll let him do his advertising for him.
01;03;29;02?GI: Do you consider at all that any of the support for him is backlash against you personally?
01;03;35;13?BO: Well, here is one thing I would say. And I just spoke about this at the local high school. I think Trump is a nominee or the more colorful character than some of the other Republican elected officials, but a lot of the stories he is telling, is entirely consistent with what folks have been saying about me, about the general story they have been telling about the economy for the last 7 and a half, last 10, last 20 , or the last 30 years.
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Michael D. Shear
White House Correspondent
The New York Times