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Posted at 2:06 PM ET, 01/31/2011

On economy, Obama takes a new role: cheerleader

By Perry Bacon Jr.

He used to tour the country touting all the bills he had signed into law. But now, often with safety goggles covering his eyes, President Obama has become the host of what feels like a looping infomercial on American innovation.

There he was in North Carolina championing "biotechnology firms that are churning out jobs and businesses and life-saving discoveries." In New York, they were the "unbelievably impressive" turbines and generators being produced at a General Electric plant. In Wisconsin, the lighting fixtures that were "a model for the future."

Every once in a while on his roadshow tour of American factories, the Harvard-trained lawyer hints at the obvious: He doesn't know much about what he's just seen.

"As I was walking through the plant, you guys had put up some handy signs. So I knew what I was looking at," he joked in New York earlier this month.

In this new stage of his presidency, Obama, once derided as anti-business, has adopted a different tone: cheerleader.

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By Perry Bacon Jr.  | January 31, 2011; 2:06 PM ET
Categories:  White House  
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