Obama Launches Series of Trips on the Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Obama speaks during the Ohio State University spring commencement in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday. He urged students to be active citizens, to fight for causes they believe in, and to be better than generations before them.
President Obama speaks during the Ohio State University spring commencement in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday. He urged students to be active citizens, to fight for causes they believe in, and to be better than generations before them.

The White House says President Barack Obama’s planned trip to Austin, Texas, on Thursday will kick off a series of day trips aimed at highlighting his proposals on jobs and the economy.

While in Texas, Obama will visit a technical high school and meet with entrepreneurs. He’ll also drop in on a tech company and talk with blue-collar workers.

The trip shows Obama wants to keep Americans focused on his economic proposals even while Congress is busy with an immigration overhaul and confirmation for Obama’s second-term Cabinet nominees.

The White House says Obama will travel every few weeks and will emphasize his State of the Union proposals to expand pre-kindergarten and raise the minimum wage.