Speaking at the groundbreaking for a battery plant that has received federal dollars, Obama made no mention of one of his top reform goals -- the sweeping overhaul of financial regulations now near final passage in Congress. Instead, Obama kept the focus on jobs, which together with his handling of the economy, looks like dominating congressional campaigns ahead of November mid-term elections. "What is absolutely clear ... is that we are headed in the right direction -- and the surest way out of the storms we've been in is to keep moving forward, and not go backward," Obama said, in a familiar swipe at his Republican opponents. Obama was in Holland, Michigan, to tout the benefits of a $862 billion emergency program he signed last year. Government spending has contributed to worry among voters about the country's deficit, but Obama pointed to the benefits.