The Obama effect and what it could mean for Chattanooga

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Updated: 7/31/2013 11:30 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) -  Republicans and Democrats differ on who gets the credit for new manufacturing jobs in Chattanooga but it's the reason Obama chose Amazon to lay out his agenda.
For a brief moment, all eyes were on Chattanooga as President Obama talked about his agenda which included job creation; a subject that dominated news headlines in Chattanooga Monday when Amazon announced the creation on ore than 7000 jobs nation-wide.

Sarah Foster of Chattanooga smiled as Obama talked about reducing unemployment and fighting to raise the average minimum wage.

"I was out of work and laid off for over a year and I know he's done great to help everybody try to get back into work and I just started here at Amazon last week," Foster said.

WDEF talked to some people who attended the speech who thought Obama's presence inside the Amazon building will ultimately bring more opportunities to the Tennessee Valley.

"I feel like more companies are going to come here. We have the labor force and we have the people who are willing to learn and train and so it's going to grow.," said Avery Sandefer who was one of more than 2500 people in attendance.

Others like Terevio Williams of Huntsville Alabama believe the visit by a Democratic President is good for a region that is traditionally Republican.

"We don't get a chance to meet a president. No matter what political affiliation he's a part of, we don't get the opportunity here in the South very much. I feel like it is a great opportunity for us and for him to meet the people in the South," said Williams.

Even though a friendly crowd attended the event, not every one clapped and cheered. Before ending his speech, Obama admitted his politics aren't always popular in Tennessee.

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Peepops - 7/31/2013 7:28 PM
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Thanks for not staying on the spin Dr. from D.C. all day. Big thanks for putting Andy back on. Now Grandkids and my self can do 12 at 7:30 again.
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