Obama makes push for service members, veterans out West
Source: The Washington Post
RENO, Nev. —President Obama headed to Nevada on Monday to announce new efforts to help service members transition out of the military, resuming a three-day swing up the West Coast after pausing to visit victims and families of the deadly movie theater shooting in suburban Denver.
Obama will also visit San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and Seattle for a mixture of public and private campaign events, his first since canceling a speech in Florida on Friday after a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. The president canceled one grass-roots rally in Portland and will end his trip Wednesday with a stopover in New Orleans, where he will address the Urban League.
“Clearly, the tragic events ... have changed both the tone and the schedule of events,” Jennifer Psaki, a campaign spokeswoman, told reporters. She said the Portland event was canceled because of “the feeling, while there’s not a playbook for this, that given the tone of grass-roots events, it was the right step to take.”