President to visit Richmond families

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - President Barack Obama will make his first trip to Richmond Wednesday since taking office.

The president will stop at the Southampton Recreation Association to talk to families about the economy and job creation.

It appears to be set up as an outdoor event, but not everyone is invited.

Despite that, neighbors are excited - but some aren't feeling that way. With the economy in dire straits, the president's opponents are coming out swinging.

One of the biggest is Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).

He spared no words bashing the president's policies, calling them "anti-business."

Bolling says changes need to be made in Washington.

He offered several suggestions to Obama including acknowledgement that his financial policies have failed.

"What I'm trying to say to the President is, you need to understand, Mr. President, that we need to change course. We can't keep doing what we've been doing because the hole's gonna get deeper, and the economic problems are gonna get worse," said Bolling.

Bolling also said he spoke to a small-business owner who said she would have to grow profits by 35 percent to cover federal fines and penalties because she simply could not afford health care for everyone.

He also suggested relaxing environmental and financial regulations to allow businesses to grow sooner rather than later.

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