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Obama shares a 'day in life' of Minnesota woman

Published on Jun 27, 2014 10:13 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama spent a "day in the life" of a young Minnesota accountant struggling to make ends meet, but the road trip on Thursday quickly turned into a typical day in the life of Obama - one spent defending his actions and criticising Republicans.

The trip, billed as the first in a series, was aimed at reconnecting Mr Obama with Democrats ahead of midterm elections in November when Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate, jeopardising his opportunity to accomplish goals for his last two years in office.

After Mr Obama chatted with Ms Rebekah Erler, 36, over a cheese-filled "Jucy Lucy" hamburger at the dark-panelled Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, he drove for a town hall meeting to a city park where 350 invited participants were waiting.

They peppered him with questions about addressing gun violence and climate change, paring the cost of student loans, and encouraging girls to become scientists and engineers. These were issues Mr Obama loves to talk about, and the friendly crowd frequently applauded his answers, which were salted with stories about his family and childhood, and his frustrations trying to make changes in Washington.

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