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Obama battles to recharge presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he gets it and today he takes it on the road in an effort to bring his no-quit State of the Union message to more people.

Obama told the nation yesterday that he knows Americans have been unhappy and frustrated about the pace of change since he was elected. He's promising to redouble efforts to get millions back to work and to do something about Wall Street greed and Washington bickering.

He'll be in Florida today to announce $8 billion in funding for a national high-speed rail system. He and Vice President Joe Biden will tell a town hall meeting the initiative will create jobs.

Obama also urged Congress last night to pass a second jobs bill and he's proposing a new tax credit for small businesses that hire workers or raise the wages of current ones.

Republicans say Obama is spending more than the country can afford.

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