"Our families are out of work, and all the president continues to do is tour the country like Bruce [Springsteen], as though seeing his face is some kind of prophetic inspiration," Haggerty, whose district includes much of Scranton, wrote on his Facebook page.
"Forget the speech, Mr. President," Haggerty said. "We are not dumb. . .we are tired of being appeased."
The Scranton-Wilkes-Barre metro area has had Pennsylvania's highest jobless rate for 39 consecutive months; it currently is 9.2 percent, well above the national average. The theme of Obama's trip has been college affordability; he is stumping for a proposal to rate colleges by their affordability and graduation rates, and then tying federal financial aid to the schools to those ratings.
Lackawanna College is a private 2-year school that specializes in business education.
Vice President Biden, a favorite son of Scranton, where he was born, is scheduled to share the stage with Obama. This will probably give rise to some 2016 intrigue, since Obama recently did a 60 Minutes interview about Hillary Clinton and hosted a White House luncheon honoring his former secretary of state.
She is already considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination - if she wants to run, that is. Biden's aides say he also is considering a 2016 presidential campaign, which would be his third.
"This gives the president a chance to balance the scales a little bit," said Ed Mitchell, a Democratic political consultant in Northeast Pennsylvania. "I'm sure he wants to stay neutral."
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