By Geneva Sands - 04/11/12 03:03 PM EDT
"Is there a little light show going on here? It’s nice. Sort of a — it’s a disco, disco rally. Somebody going to pull the roller skates out now? What’s going on here?" Obama joked.
The president was in the middle of giving a speech on the economy as part of his day-long trip to the Sunshine State, where he attended three campaign events and delivered one public speech on economic fairness.
"It’s time for us to take some of that money that we spent on war, use half of it to pay down our debt, use the rest of it to do some nation-building here at home. We can put folks back to work right now rebuilding America," Obama said, as the lights began to go on and off.
After laughter from the audience, Obama returned to delivering his campaign message.
"We’ve got to make sure that we’ve got a tax system that reflects everybody doing their fair share. I just spoke about this earlier today. We have to reduce our deficit. It’s a long-term challenge. And we’ve got to do it in a balanced way," he added.
The president used his time in Florida, a swing state, to push Congress to pass the "Buffett Rule," a proposal that would raise the effective tax rate for the wealthy on investment income to at least 30 percent.
The Senate is expected to vote on the proposal next week, although the legislation will likely fall short of the 60 votes it needs to move forward in the legislative process.
"I've already told you where I stand, now it's time for members of Congress to tell you where they stand," said Obama in his public remarks at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Tuesday afternoon.