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President Barack Obama returned to a familiar location on Wednesday. The leader of the free world delivered a speech on the economy at Lorain County Community College.

The speech was closed to the public. The president started his remarks at approximately 2:35 p.m.

Obama also visited the college on Jan. 22, 2010. Much like the visit two years ago, the president discussed job training and how to get former manufacturing workers back in the workforce.

Obama opened Wednesday’s speech recalling that visit and how he received a football helmet from nearby Riddell.

“I have a feeling I might need it between now and November,” Obama joked.

An aide to President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign downplayed any potential reference to rival Mitt Romney Wednesday after the president told a crowd in Ohio he “wasn’t born with a silver spoon” in his mouth.

The aide said Obama has used that line in the past, though its use Wednesday seemed to take on new meaning now that the general election in underway. The remark could be construed as veiled criticism of the likely GOP nominee’s wealth and background.

“I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” Obama said in his remarks on the campus of an Ohio community college. “Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance — just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”

Obama never mentioned his likely Republican competitor by name.

On the presidential campaign trail, Mitt Romney has handled the issue of his wealth with some awkwardness. Romney has built a fortune estimated to be between $85 and $264 million in a twenty-plus year career in the financial sector, and his father his own success becoming the president of American Motors and then the governor of Michigan.

Obama made his case for the so-called Buffett Rule, a proposal that millionaires and billionaires would pay at least 30% of their income in taxes. As expected, the proposal failed a Senate vote on Monday.

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article courtesy of Fox8Cleveland.com/CNN.com

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