Obama: State of the Union will focus on building the economy

President Obama said that Tuesday’s State of the Union address will focus on building an economy “that’s built to last.”

In his weekly address, Obama touted his Thursday trip to Disney World, where he proposed easing tourist visa rules to attract more foreign tourists, as the latest example he has taken to boost the U.S. economy. 

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It was also the latest example where Obama acted without Congress as part of the White House’s “We can’t Wait” campaign.

“As I’ve said before, I will continue to work with Congress, states, and leaders in the private sector to find ways to move this country forward,” Obama said. “But where they can’t act or won’t act, I will.

“Because we want the world to know that America is open for business,” he continued. “And that’s why I announced steps we’re taking to promote America and make it easier for tourists to come and visit.”

Obama listed a series of other steps he’s taken through executive order — or a controversial recess appointment in the case of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — which included changing No Child Left Behind rules, tax incentives for hiring veterans, refinancing and infrastructure initiatives, and speeding up the payments of government contracts.

Saying that “now we need to do more,” the president said his State of the Union address would “lay out my blueprint for actions we need to take together — not just me, or Congress, but every American — to rebuild an economy where hard work and responsibility are rewarded.  An economy that’s built to last.”

On his Disney World announcement, Obama said Saturday that steps to ease visa rules and to speed up visa processing in foreign countries would have an impact on the domestic economy.

“The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work,” Obama said. “It’s that simple.”