President Obama sounded hopeful Friday night in Texas over recent good news on the economy.

“We're obviously still in the midst of a lot of struggles for a lot of people, but the trend lines are good,” Obama said during a campaign speech in Houston.

“And the reason is because so many of you believed in the same vision that I believe in: An America where if you work hard, if you take responsibility, if you're willing to apply yourself, you can make it if you try here, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your name.”

Obama’s remarks came after a February jobs report found that the economy added 227,000 jobs. That’s the third straight month the economy added more than 200,000 jobs, a trend that has boosted the president’s reelection chances.

On Friday night, Obama argued that his reelection will ensure that the economy continues to improve, suggesting that a Republican president would throw the recovery off track. 

“But our ability to bounce back and then thrive is also going to depend on some choices that we make right now,” he said.

“And as important as 2008 was, I think this election is even more important.  Because very rarely are you going to see such a stark choice about how one party sees the country and where we need to go and how the other party sees the country and where we need to go.”

The president touted his plan to invest in domestic manufacturing, echoing comments he made earlier Friday during a visit to a Rolls-Royce plant in Virginia.

“I want a country where we're building and we're selling stuff,” Obama said. “And that requires the private sector taking the lead, but it also requires investments in research and science and education, making sure we've got the engineers that are needed for us to compete. And that's something that, historically, has been an important role of government.”