Obama's First Stop on Economic Message Tour: Indiana
By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama will travel next Monday to Elkhart, Ind., before heading back to Washington for his first news conference on Monday night -- and then hit the road again on Tuesday for another trip, part of an expanded effort to take his message out into the country, his aides said.
Obama is redoubling his efforts to get Congress to pass an economic stimulus plan -- an effort that is bumping up against his self-imposed deadline of the Feb. 16 president's day recess. On Thursday night and again on Friday, he adopted a tone of outrage, calling the latest unemployment figures "devastating news."
"Last month, another six hundred thousand Americans lost their jobs," Obama said on Friday. "That is the single worst month of job loss in 35 years." He made his remarks at an event rolling out his new Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a team of business hands who will help him devise policy.
A list of the members of the board follows:
Paul Volcker will serve as Chairman and Austan Goolsbee as Staff Director and Chief Economist.
Members of the Board include:
William H. Donaldson, Chairman, SEC (2003-2005)
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA-CREF
Robert Wolf, Chairman & CEO, UBS Group Americas
David F. Swensen, CIO, Yale University
Mark T. Gallogly, Founder & Managing Partner, Centerbridge Partners L.P.
Penny Pritzker, Chairman & Founder, Pritzker Realty Group
Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE
John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
Jim Owens, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
Monica C. Lozano, Publisher & Chief Executive Officer, La Opinion
Charles E. Phillips, Jr., President, Oracle Corporation
Anna Burger, Chair, Change to Win
Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Dean, Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley
Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Posted at 12:43 PM ET on Feb 6, 2009
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