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Pres. Obama & Sen. Franken Visit "HIRED" In Minneapolis

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Published on Jun 27, 2014

President Barack Obama drops in at "Hired", a non-profit workforce center that helps unemployed Minnesotans find a job.

Here is the White House press pool report of what happened:
POTUS made an unexpected stop at a job training center in north Minneapolis, a predominantly African-American neighborhood. See WH-provided background below.

The program, called HIRED, is in a large, new building. The pool was led into a classroom inside, where nine young women were seated at a u-shaped table.

POTUS walked in with Sen. Al Franken and Labor Sec. Tom Perez. He was greeted by a teacher, who explained the women are taking a 3 week course on customer service. He said they were his best class he'd ever taught.

Obama responded with, "How bout that! Way to go, guys!"

He then introduced himself, stating the obvious. "I'm Barack Obama. I'm the president."

"Of the United States," Franken added dryly, to laughter.

Obama introduced Franken and Perez and said they were there because "we've been spending a lot of time thinking about" job training.

Obama added that "All of us start in different places. I was basically raised by a single mom... My mom was in a similar place as a lot of you guys"

Obama said his mom benefited from help and programs and he wants to makes sure "all of you have opportunities and a chance to thrive."

He then asked what they've been learning about customer service.

One woman answered, shyly, that they're learning how to be good employees.

Obama tried to pull more out of her, but she was reluctant to answer. "You're feeling shy? With all these cameras? I get it."

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