Lanham, Md., has been the site of two U.S. presidential visits in two weeks, with President Barack Obama stopping in to discuss his plans to help small businesses. "Lanham represents communities across the country that are hard-hit by these tough economic times," a White House spokesman said. One struggling business owner called sitting in a room with the president "surreal," and said Obama was "understanding about" his suggestion on the need to loosen credit for small businesses.

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