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Reaction to Obama's Address to Congress

Obama Spells Out the State of the Economy With Confidence

Tonight Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and an even more important audience — the American people. Since it was technically not a "state of the union" address, I think it's safe to call the speech the "state of the economy" address.

Hoping to turn the page on tough economic times, the president read the country a litany of reasons for the crisis. Gutted regulations, irresponsible home purchases, predatory lending, tax cuts to the wealthy, and a lack of investment in America's future have brought us all to a day of reckoning, he said.

After laying the blame, Obama explained his plan. Making it hard to believe he's only been in office for a month, Obama touted the specifics of the aggressive stimulus package. The president played professor for a bit too, spelling out why it's important to keep credit flowing and help banks. "It's not about helping banks, it's about helping people," he said frankly.

Perhaps most crucially, Obama called out the "neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford." Assuring skeptics, Obama said his housing plan won't bail out that irresponsible person, but it will help responsible Americans maintain the value of or refinance their homes.

Obama also took time to discuss his upcoming budget.


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For the budget details, and for more photos,

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His priorities? Energy, health care, and education. His voice filled with emotion when he asserted that health care reform will not wait another year.

Touching on foreign policy, Obama broke sharply from the man who last spoke to a joint session of Congress. He reannounced the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison and proclaimed that "America does not torture."

While speaking of dire troubles, Obama exuded energy and optimism. Regardless of the merit of his policies, Obama performed like a true leader tonight. You can read the full text here.


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UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
I find it interesting that when Obama speaks, the stock market falls. That tells me that investors don't believe in what he is saying.
Roarman Roarman 6 years
"I was hoping that his plans would work, but his approval ratings are dropping fast" I wasn't aware that there is evidence that his plans have failed? And I also recall that the consensus on here was that approval ratings were fluff and were to be ignored.
Roarman Roarman 6 years
"I was hoping that his plans would work, but his approval ratings are dropping fast"I wasn't aware that there is evidence that his plans have failed? And I also recall that the consensus on here was that approval ratings were fluff and were to be ignored.
mydiadem mydiadem 6 years
Agreed Steph, we care about approval ratings again? I thought they were moot.
stephley stephley 6 years
Why all this focus on approval ratings? Not long ago, low numbers were interpreted by some here as a badge of honor for a president who did what he felt was right and didn't pander to voters.
stephley stephley 6 years
Why all this focus on approval ratings? Not long ago, low numbers were interpreted by some here as a badge of honor for a president who did what he felt was right and didn't pander to voters.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
Actualy, Obama's approval ratings is almost dead average for a new president this early in a new administration. Remember Carter's approval ratings were even higher at this point of his administration. You can expect his approval ratings to slide as time goes on, it is normal for the office.
laceykk23 laceykk23 6 years
hmm i didnt realize that approval rating in the high 60's(with the exception of the gallup poll) meant that public support was bleeding for the president.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 6 years
His downward spiral has begun. I knew it would happen, I just didn't realize it would happen this fast. I was hoping that his plans would work, but his approval ratings are dropping fast. He's still in the positive range, but I think most people are starting to wake up. He didn't SAY anything in his speech last night. He just went over and over the same stuff again. I wanted to hear NEW plans, ways to right the wrongs that he's already created. I WAS however happy to hear him say that we are at war. It's the one thing I can give him credit for so far. He knows that troops are needed over there. I pray for him, because for ANY president sending men & women into battle, that decision has to way so heavily on them. Those decisions can never be easy, and it's even MORE difficult when the country you are leading questions every move you make. He's got to be second guessing himself every step of the way.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 6 years
His downward spiral has begun. I knew it would happen, I just didn't realize it would happen this fast. I was hoping that his plans would work, but his approval ratings are dropping fast. He's still in the positive range, but I think most people are starting to wake up. He didn't SAY anything in his speech last night. He just went over and over the same stuff again. I wanted to hear NEW plans, ways to right the wrongs that he's already created.I WAS however happy to hear him say that we are at war. It's the one thing I can give him credit for so far. He knows that troops are needed over there. I pray for him, because for ANY president sending men & women into battle, that decision has to way so heavily on them. Those decisions can never be easy, and it's even MORE difficult when the country you are leading questions every move you make. He's got to be second guessing himself every step of the way.
laceykk23 laceykk23 6 years
i thought he sounded like he was reading a story as well, someone said he sounded sing songy last night and i could agree more.
stephley stephley 6 years
Sound transmission issues wouldn't make Jindal sound like Kenneth from 30 Rock reading a story to a kindergarten class.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
As to the comment on Jindal and accepting and rejecting governmental aid ad hoc. He gave an explanation, a very valid one IMHO, and one that the Democrat Governor of Tennessee agrees with, and is doing the same for his state. Unfunded mandates are the bane of state and local govenments.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
I agree that Bobby Jindal gave a poor speech compared to president Obama. I think part of it was the poor quality of the sound transmission. I moved around several channels and they all were the same. He also suffers in comparison for standing alone, without the background afforded a sitting president, but every opposition spokesperson suffered in the same comparison.
organicsugr organicsugr 6 years
I can't decide if Pelosi or Jindal was more annoying to watch.
laceykk23 laceykk23 6 years
i thought obama did great but i think michelle stole the show, she looked absolutely gorgeous last night in the plum color!!
starangel82 starangel82 6 years
Pelosi got on my nerves. Next time there is a live address her chair should be moved to the floor. She is way too distracting. And annoying.
mydiadem mydiadem 6 years
For some reason I couldn't keep my eyes off Pelosi, and I don't mean that in a good way.
babaloo babaloo 6 years
I thought Pelosi looked cute in her Snuggie
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
i just remember joan saying that in one ep. i kinda remember most of what joan says, she's so mesmerizing!
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
i just remember joan saying that in one ep.i kinda remember most of what joan says, she's so mesmerizing!
mydiadem mydiadem 6 years
I love Mad Men!! Didn't know it was slipping into my vocab :)
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
gangbusters!! i think the last time i heard that term was on an ep of Mad Men! ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
gangbusters!!i think the last time i heard that term was on an ep of Mad Men! ;)
mydiadem mydiadem 6 years
I'm not quite there yet starangel, but maybe I'm biased because our governor has been really clear about what he is going to use the stimulus money for (and I support a lot of it). Even if it doesn't cause the economy to go gangbusters I get stuff I've wanted for a long time. Maybe I'm just a glass half full kinda person. I was with Bush for the first couple years too.
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