Obama urged to make economy a bigger, bolder topic

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Associated Press

Posted on May 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Updated Sunday, May 19 at 9:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five months into President Barack Obama's second term, allies and former top aides worry that his overarching goal of economic opportunity has been diminished, partly drowned out by controversies seized upon by Republicans in an effort to weaken him.

The former White House insiders, including longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod, say Obama needs to make his case anew for government's role in expanding education and innovation.

Among their suggestions is that the president deliver a major address, perhaps at a commencement, that once again places his economic vision at the center of his agenda and speaks to what continues to be the overriding concern of the American public.

Instead, Obama's second term has become a series of small actions overshadowed by recent troubles, among them the attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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