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Obama should do more than talk about creating jobs

10:00 AM EDT, May 24, 2013

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I recently read the article, "President talks economy, jobs in Baltimore" (May 18). In one of the last paragraphs, Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, is quoted as describing President Barack Obama's visit to Baltimore as "another photo op on a campaign-style tour." He said that "the president talks a good game but … he never walks the walk." To an extent, Mr. Harris is absolutely correct.

If President Obama is to sharpen his approval ratings, especially after the IRS fiasco this past week, it would be ideal to push legislation to revive his old "fight for the middle class" campaign he started all the way back in 2008. The new "concrete" ideas expressed during his brief visit to Baltimore about inner-city schools and elementary education, manufacturing jobs, and improved social programs seem like a common sense step in the change America has been looking for in Mr. Obama's second term.

Joshua Hall, Bel Air