- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

President Obama had plenty of nice things to say about Costco on Wednesday morning, but he failed to put his money where his mouth was.

After a speech at the chain’s Lanham location, Mr. Obama left the store en route to western Pennsylvania without buying anything, even though he’d promised to walk out with some of the bulk items Costco is famous for.

“And before I grab a 10-pound barrel of pretzels and 500 golf balls, let me just leave you with something I heard from Costco’s founder, Jim Sinegal, who’s been a great friend of mine and somebody who I greatly admire,” the president said. “Jim is rightly proud of everything he’s accomplished, but, he said, ‘here’s the thing about the Costco story. We did not build our company in a vacuum. We built it in the greatest country on Earth. We built our company in a place where anyone can make it with hard work, a little luck, and a little help from their neighbors and their country.’”

The president apparently changed his mind on the pretzels and golf balls and left Costco empty-handed.

He visited the store Wednesday as part of his post-State of the Union swing through four states to push his revamped economic agenda. At Costco, he addressed the need for a higher minimum wage in America and praised the company for its average wage of more than $20 and its starting salary of more than $11.

The current minimum wage is $7.25. Mr. Obama and many Democrats support raising it to $10.10

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