**FILE** President Obama speaks Oct. 17, 2011, at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, N.C., where his three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act made a stop. (Associated Press)

**FILE** President Obama speaks Oct. 17, 2011, at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, N.C., where his three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act made a stop. (Associated Press)