Obama: Middle America Can Teach Washington Some Common Sense

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

Donning a hard hat and goggles President Obama today toured an ethanol plant in Macon, Missouri – highlighting another successful clean energy business as a part of his “White House to Main Street” tour.

POET biorefining facility produces 46 million gallons per year of ethanol, made from 16 million bushels of corn from 60 local farmers. The president touted that companies like POET help contribute to the goal he said to triple America’s biofuels production in the next 12 years, something he said he is not a late-comer to.

“There shouldn't be any doubt that renewable, homegrown fuels are a key part of our strategy for a clean-energy future: a future of new industries, new jobs in towns like Macon and new independence.”

On the second day of his tour of Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, taking him into the heartland of America, the president said there’s a lot that Middle America can teach Washington, D.C.

“I came here today, and I visited Iowa yesterday, because there’s a lot that towns here in the heartland, here in Middle America, can teach the rest of the country. There’s certainly a lot that you can share with Washington, including some common sense.” While touting economic progress made by successful businesses, the president countered that his two-day trip has shown that recovery has not reached some parts of the nation yet.

”I didn't run for president just to get back to where we were. I ran for president so that we could move forward and finally start dealing with some of the problems that we've had for a very long time.”

Included in the problems – again listed as a laundry list among education, health care reform, and creating a clean energy economy, the president mentioned Wall Street reform as just one part of a broader list of reforms.

“It means commonsense reforms that prevent the irresponsibility of a few people on Wall Street wreaking havoc all across Main Street, all across America.”

-Sunlen Miller

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