The White House distributed the following remarks shortly ahead of President Obama's 1:25pm speech in Ohio in which he announced the recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
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As Prepared for Delivery --
Hello, Cleveland! It's great to be back in Ohio. And it's great to be here at Shaker Heights, home of the Red Raiders. I want to thank your mayor, Earl Leiken, for hosting us today. I also want to thank your superintendent, Mark Freeman, and your principal, Mike Griffith, for everything they do. I heard you have some pretty good basketball teams this season - boys and girls. It makes me wish I had some eligibility left.
Finally, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. One of my resolutions is to make sure I get out of Washington enough and spend more time with people like you. Because folks here in Ohio and across the country - you're the reason why I ran for this office in the first place. And on days like today, you remind me what we're still fighting for. An America where hard work and responsibility pays off. An America where anyone who puts in the effort and plays by the rules can get ahead.