Mr. Obama alluded to the enthusiasm deficit among his base Thursday when he told supporters at a fundraiser in California, “Some of the newness and excitement surrounding us [in] 2008 has naturally dissipated.”
Friday’s visit isn’t the first time Mr. Obama has highlighted Boeing and his administration’s efforts to create more union jobs at the company. During an Asia-Pacific summit in November, the president credited his administration with helping to pave the way for Boeing’s $21 billion sales deal with Lion Air, an Indonesian airline.
“The U.S. administration and the Ex-Im Bank, in particular, were critical in facilitating this deal,” Mr. Obama said.
The Lion Air deal was the largest for Boeing since 2006, involving as many as 230 aircraft.
About 78,000 Boeing workers are employed in Washington state, with about 8,300 jobs added last year.
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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at email@example.com.
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