President Obama regaled a crowd of thousands Friday with the story of his visit to Portsmouth before he was elected in 2008, about how he ate ice cream and enjoyed some improv theater across Marcy Street. It was one of the last quiet moments he had before ascending to the presidency, he said.
But his speech was laced with a solemn solicitation: "I need your help, New Hampshire," Obama said.
Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visited Strawbery Banke on Friday to urge people to help convince their fellow residents of what is at stake on Nov. 6.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, responding to Obama's visit, cited a "dismal" jobs report Friday as proof that America needs a change in leadership.
"For every net new job created, nearly four Americans gave up looking for work entirely. This is more of the same for middle class families who are suffering through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression," Romney said. "After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that President Obama just hasn't lived up to his promises and his policies haven't worked."