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Obama pushes 'made in America' agenda to students in Raleigh

President Obama spoke to students at North Carolina State University in Raleigh today to promote the new American Jobs Act, which he says will alleviate chronic unemployment for auto workers, teachers and others. He also pressed forward the idea that Americans must be known again for the quality of their manufacturing skills.

What follows is the full speech the president gave, unedited, provided to by the White House.

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, North Carolina! (Applause.) Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you. Thank you so much. How’s it going, Raleigh? (Applause.) It is good to be back at N.C. State! (Applause.) Good to have all these Wolves in my wolfpack. (Applause.) I just hope none of the students here are skipping class on account of me. (Laughter and applause.) Your professors can see you on TV, you know.

I want to thank so many people who helped to set this up, but a couple of folks in particular I want to acknowledge. First of all, the outstanding governor of the great state of North Carolina, Bev Perdue is in the house. (Applause.) Bev has been working tirelessly on behalf of the state, and obviously helped to guide so much of the emergency efforts that were taking place after the hurricane. So we’re grateful to her. And we also have one of the finest public servants I know, the former governor of the great state of North Carolina, Jim Hunt is in the house. (Applause.)

I want to thank Chancellor William Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University -- (applause) -- as well as Thomas Ross, president of North Carolina State University. And I want to thank the power sound of the South for their outstanding performance. (Applause.) Thank you.


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