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President Barack Obama is in New Orleans today to make the case that more exports equals more jobs. Friday, President Obama will tour the Port of New Orleans where he'll speak about the need to boost exports and spend more on U.S. infrastructure projects like ports, roads and airports.

The White House says infrastructure projects have near and long-term economic benefits.

In 2010, President Obama set a goal of doubling exports by 2015, but the U.S. isn't on track to meet that goal. The President will discuss the economy as unemployment numbers for October are released.

Economists expect the figures to be disappointed because of last month's 16 day government shutdown. After his speech, President Obama plans to fly to the Miami area for three Democratic fundraiser's. He'll stay overnight in Florida.

Just before the President was to arrive in Louisiana, New Orleans police say they had to reassign a sergeant who was accused of making an offensive remark about the President. Police say in a news release that Sgt. Chris Landry was reassigned after making the comment about President Obama during a training event Thursday. Police would not discuss the details of the incident or whether Landry had been originally assigned to a role during the President's visit.

In a statement, Chief Ronal Serpas says Landry was reassigned because the police training program was designed to improve officers' interaction with the public. The department would not provide details of his reassignment.

The department and the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents officers, are investigating.

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