As well as dealing with a potential terrorist attack against the US, President Obama is involved in a dogfight for votes, as America’s mid-term elections loom.
He stopped off in Virginia to back Tom Perriello, a member of the House of Representatives. Perriello is defending a majority of 727 and is under severe Republican pressure:
“Think about what has happened over the last 20 months. Because of the steps we have taken, we no longer face the possibility of a second Great Depression. The economy is growing again. Private sector jobs we have seen, increased 9 months in a row. Now, look, nobody knows better than Tom that we have still got a long way to go. We have still got a lot of work to do,” said the president.
US economic growth edged up as expected in the third quarter but not by enough to ease unemployment.
The housing market remains weak and is partly to blame for the slow growth.
On the positive side, consumer spending is on the rise but in the current climate it is the job market that is a major concern for the majority of American voters.