Obama takes east coast bus tour to talk jobs

POSTED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 3:29pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 3:29pm

President Obama is in North Carolina today, calling on Congress to take action on jobs.

The president kicked off a three-day bus tour today through North Carolina and Virginia.

He flew into Asheville where he spoke before a crowd and called on Congress to follow up on last week's Senate vote that shelved his jobs plan by taking action piece by piece.

"If they're serious about creating jobs, I'm ready to go,” stated Obama. “I don't think anybody doubts that I have gone out of my way to try to find areas of cooperation with these Republicans. In fact, some of you have been mad at me for trying too hard to cooperate with them, haven't you."

Next, President Obama heads to Virginia, where he will discuss jobs and the economy.

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