President Obama in Milwaukee today

Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 --- 7:20 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish these days about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession. And the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

Obama says -- quote --"There are reasons to feel good about the direction that we're headed."

Despite turmoil in the Mideast and along the Ukraine-Russia border, the top issue with Americans remains the economy. And while consumer confidence appears to be improving, the public remains anxious over how strong the recovery is going to be.

On Monday, Obama will deliver a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he is expected to promote the economy in a state that was at the center of a fight over the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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