What to expect from Obama visit to Richmond

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  President Barack Obama's visit to Richmond is one of several he is making across the country ahead of the November election.

White House officials have described this swing through the U.S. as an opportunity for the president to meet directly with voters. His hope is to draw a sharp distinction between his work and what Republicans are proposing.

No two stops are exactly alike. From raucous campaign style rallies, like one at the University of Wisconsin.  To quiet backyard conversations like one held in Wednesday in New Mexico.

The President of the United States is hoping to turn around his falling poll numbers, before November elections. It is an effort to keep his fellow Democrats in power and keep his agenda moving forward.

Wednesday's event in Richmond appears to be slightly different than any event he has held to this point. Instead of a backyard or a college campus, the president will appear in a local community center. It is a venue that could allow for a bigger crowd, but will still involve a substantive discussion with Richmonders.

His topic will be ways to jump start the economy. Something polls show Americans feel his administration has struggled to do.

Are you wondering what the biggest difference is between those huge campaign-style rallies and the small quiet conversations? The rallies are put together by the president's political operation, the backyard conversations by the White House.

Wednesday's appearance is a White House event- which should give us a pretty clear idea of what to expect.

Check our political blog DecisionVirginia.com for up to the minute updates on the President's visit to Richmond.

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