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Obama's embrace of Amazon dismays many booksellers

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(Read caption) President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit an Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. tomorrow.

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President Obama is heading to an Amazon warehouse Tuesday to praise the company for creating jobs, and the independent bookstore world is not happy.

The Amazon warehouse is located in Chattanooga, Tenn.

White House deputy press secretary Amy Brundage says “the Amazon facility in Chattanooga is a perfect example of the company that is investing in American workers and creating good, high-wage jobs.”

"What the president wants to do is to highlight Amazon and the Chattanooga facility as an example of a company that is spurring job growth and keeping our country competitive,” Brundage said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. During his appearance there, Obama will discuss his ideas for creating jobs.

It's no mystery why Obama is enthusiastic about Amazon as a creator of domestic jobs. The company recently announced it was hiring 5,000 additional workers at 17 of its warehouses all over the country. According to the company, the positions are full-time and come with health care, among other benefits.

The Chattanooga warehouse currently has 1,800 full-time workers, according to the Times Free Press, who are paid between $11 and $13 an hour.


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