FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The President seemed more in his comfort zone Friday morning at George Mason University.
It was his first talk in the battleground state of Virginia since his lackluster performance at Wednesday night's debate.
If anything was going to help erase debate night for the President it would be positive job numbers and that's what he honed in on.
"More people entered the work force, more people have jobs. Today's news is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political points. It's a reminder our country has come too far to turn back now."
The unemployment rate dropped .03% to 7.8%. It fell below 8 percent for the first time since Mr. Obama took office.
In a room full of supporters, a setting he's more comfortable with, supporters say he bounced back.
GMU Senior Christine Gonzalez says, "He fired up the crowd."
Her classmate Janice Rojas, also a senior, says, "He stepped up and he's passionate about what he says."
The president seemed to try to make up for the debate.
He took jabs at his opponent's comments about cutting funding to PBS.
"For all you moms and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird. Elmo's gotta watch out too. Romney will let Wall Street run wild, but bring down the hammer on Sesame Street," he said.
It is a dead heat in the 'too close to call' swing state of Virginia. The Gallup poll has Mr. Obama with a slight lead but a new Rasmussen poll out Friday shows Romney with a 1% edge in the Commonwealth. The question will be, can the President keep Virginia blue for the second time in 48 years?
"We will win in Fairfax County again, we'll win Virginia again. We'll finish what we started," he told the crowd.