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Obama visit to Miami today shows desire (and need) to reconnect with young voters



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama appeared before a big crowd of college students and implored, "We can't sit this one out."

The effective reply: Yes we can. Despite the plea at the University of Wisconsin just before the midterm elections, Republicans won in waves.

Today in Florida, Obama will address another big college crowd. It's a commencement speech, not a political rally. But his trip to Miami Dade College implicitly carries the same urgent message.

As he shifts toward re-election, Obama is trying to reignite the youthful passion that played a crucial role in putting him in the White House. He is visiting campuses to give graduation speeches or host town halls, and dispatching aides to hold 100 "youth roundtables" across the country. Last week, Obama held a forum on Facebook.

More than two years after his historic election, college students grapple with fears about unemployment and have watched the Yes-We-Can attitude be crumpled by Washington-as-usual politics. (story here)

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:31am]


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