President Barack Obama is selling his 2012 economic policy goals on a three-day tour of politically crucial states. The post-State of the Union journey will pitch his presidency to a divided public.
Obama will promote his agenda to attract more manufacturing to American soil by showcasing the bookends of American industry. He will visit a conveyor belt maker in Iowa and an Intel computer plant in Arizona.
He will then highlight energy security Thursday in Nevada and Colorado and wrap up Friday by pushing education and training proposals at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Presidential travel following the State of the Union is not unusual, allowing presidents to temporarily bask in the afterglow of their prime-time performances and milk their message before key constituencies.