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Oct112011

Obama Meets with Unemployed Workers, Toasts ‘to More Jobs’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- President Obama took time out of campaign fundraising Tuesday evening to share a beer with a group of unemployed construction workers looking to get back on the job.

At the Harp and Celt Restaurant and Irish Pub in Orlando, Fla., Obama raised a glass -- Guinness, to be specific -- “to more jobs.”

Sitting around the table with four unemployed workers, the president, who was joined by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, outlined his case for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act and invest in infrastructure so that construction workers can get back to work.

The president told the workers part of the reason he wanted to stop by was because “Buddy and I” are trying to help create jobs, according to members of the press.

“You guys are what this country’s all about,” Obama said.

The participants in the event were Michael Whidden, unemployed pipefitter from Gotha, Fla.; Patricia Mooney-Hildebrand, unemployed pipefitter from Titusville, Fla.; Mark Mckim, unemployed plumber from Sanford, Fla.; and Jesse Morgan, unemployed pipefitter from Auburndale, Fla.

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