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Obama to Address Congress

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, an administration official said, giving the equivalent of a State of the Union speech that promises to continue his grim assessments of the nation's struggling economy.

Obama aides had promised such a speech but had not yet announced a date. The decision to give the speech on Feb. 24 means that he will deliver it not long after Congress considers his economic stimulus plan about ten days earlier.

Aides would not provide details about what Obama will tell Congress, but said it would not be unlike the kinds of State of the Union speeches that presidents traditionally give each year.

Obama is likely to talk about the economic struggles facing the nation and the need to enact further measures designed to loosen the credit system, strengthen regulatory measures and add jobs.

On foreign policy, the president is sure to address his recent moves to begin a draw-down in Iraq, shift resources to Afghanistan and renew efforts at Middle East peace.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 4, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
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Isn't it funny how a "JR" senator w/ (cough, cough) 4 years of experience, now all of a sudden, has the experience to tell Congress how to do their jobs? Wasn't this the same JR Senator that hardly ever made it to a committee meeting on time, let alone be given the chance to actually lead one??

What a freakin' joke!

Posted by: ProudTXConservative | February 5, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

kurtbw - I like what you're saying.

I can only add that we finally have a President putting Congress on the spot.

No free pass for Pelosi Pork and GOP had better find it's feet and get some cheap Fed money down to homeowners and small business people.

By making Congress do the work of hammering this out instead of delivering his own sanctified word for an up or down partisan vote - President Obama is showing us how our government is supposed to work.

If they don't get it right - watch for the veto pen.

Thank God! we have a real Executive on the job!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 5, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Sweet Bog. The perpetual campaign.

Posted by: WylieD | February 4, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Well now, that's more like it. Get the country focused "again", while at least showing up with two well approved moves (yes he throttled some of his monetary supporters by limiting quickly to $500,000- keepa-you-hands-off!) and the Children getting health care, was no doubt a Biggie he had promised. Understand this I may disagree with him on some things, but he gets my respect for not only saying the right thing, but DOING! It WAS his vetting process that bought those guys problems to light, not the other way around and as long as he uses EVERYONE to help, he will stay on point.

I think mid-next week we get some very encouraging news finally and a signing that reminds all of us, that wasteful spending on perts means losing your seat in the next election. Stay Tuned.

Posted by: kurtbw | February 4, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

jthandbook - I'm not sure what your post adds to the debate. Most adults recognize that there are no magic wands nor perfect people (other than perhaps my 20-month old grandson). I think we are in unknown territory economically and that there is plenty of blame to spread around within both the political arena and in the body politic. However, I hope that the differences between this president and the last few presidents are very clearly observed: an ability to admit a mistake and not deny reality; the ability to accept responsibility and move on, not wallow in self-pity or try to spin the consequences; the ability to talk to the American people as reasonable, responsible adults rather than tv-bred children. I don't expect miracles, but I did expect and am, so far, getting honesty, thoughtfulness, and attempts to solve problems rather than make political points for on side or the other. I'll take that.

Posted by: DisenfranchisedCommenter | February 4, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Granola Bars! I know people who have lost their jobs already, and I only read about the thousands of jobs lost with some of the big companies. If you are next, I suppose you will be yelling loud enough so that they can hear you all the way to Washington D.C. We going to need millions of jobs this year. Those detention centers built by Halliburton might be useful at some point. You could get a job there if the stimulus is not passed soon. Seriously, we need to give call our Congressional leaders(power of the purse) to voice our support for the stimulus plan. I've already called my Senators.

Posted by: marvista10 | February 4, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

ObaMessiah can use up all Michele's lipstick on that PIG (Porcine Insanity Giveaway) but the fact remains that after taking MILLION$$$ from Wall Street the ObaLiar is putting each and every one of us on the hook for at least $15,000.00 to give the Fat Cats TRILLION$$$$.
Just take a look at what the Fed is doing under the table...
And now ask yourself:
Who knows better what to do with YOUR $15,000.00?
You or the ObaBots in DC?
CHANGE?! Ha Ha Ha!
The only CHANGE you'll get from the ObaFrauds is enough to buy a SUCKER!

Posted by: jthandbook | February 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Smart move by Obama -- it gives him tremendous leverage to get his stimulus bill passed. The Republicans will know that if they stonewall this bill, they are going to have to sit through a public a**-whipping on national TV, administered by a very popular president. Use that bully pulpit, Mr. President...

Posted by: jerkhoff | February 4, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

IF, O'Bomba-Nation, and his Owners: The Clintonistas, Reid, along with Peloser;

REALLY wanted Transparency and Action;

They would address the Issues individually and expediently rather than the boondoggle Package they are PLAYING with!

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 4, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

For the sake of fairness, I hope the head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, will be allowed equal time.

Posted by: motorfriend | February 4, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This can't wait 20 days.

I hope he has a televised address in prime time ASAP where he explains the stimulus package to the American People.

If he explains it to people as adults, as he usually does in his speeches, Democrats will be all set and Republicans will be toast.

They called Reagan "The great communicator"

President Obama is even better.

For most Americans, including me, he's he's the best speaker they've ever seen.

President Obama combines great oratory with solid reasoning.

That's a pretty hard combination to beat.

Posted by: svreader | February 4, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Guess President Obama expects Senate to stall on the 109 amendments they have submitted for HR1.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 4, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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