President Barak Obama along with other Ohio
congressmen arrived in Cleveland on Air Force 1 on March 18, 2015 to
attend a City Club of Cleveland event with about 500 attendees held
at the Global Center for Health Innovation. President Obama gave a
prepared speech for 37 minutes, and then answered questions from the
audience for an additional 40 minutes. The speech was about the
importance of middle-class economics and he talked about the
significant economic recovery in the USA over his two terms so far.
In his speech, the President highlighted the decrease in
unemployment, the healthy stock markets, reduction in the National
deficit, the lower gas prices, healthcare coverage, advancements in
renewable solar and wind energy and lower reliance on fossil fuels,
and the recovery of the automobile industry. The question and answer
session was particularly interesting with some very good questions,
many from students. President Obama is known for giving very good
speeches, but his charisma, charm, and humor especially came through
during his unscripted responses.
City Club Tickets for the event, while free, were
hard to get and quickly "sold out" due to the smaller capacity
venue. The City Club extended an invitation to Cleveland AsiaTown
community leader Lisa Wong, President of OCA Cleveland Asian
American Advocates and Co-Founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival.
Lisa attended along with her three guests, OCA VP Wayne Wong, OCA VP
Deborah Yue, and Alex Alarcon - host of OCA's AsiaTown Voice weekly
radio show. While OCA is a non-partisan non-profit organization, the
OCA Cleveland leadership very much welcomed the rare opportunity to
attend the memorable and impressive Presidential visit. Thank you to
the City Club of Cleveland.