In Ohio, Obama Calls for 'Bold Action' to Revive Economy
By Michael A. Fletcher
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Faced with a deteriorating business climate and dogged Republican criticism of his measures to stem the decline, President Obama told 25 police recruits here whose layoffs were reversed by his stimulus plan that "bold action" is needed to revive the economy.
"This country has never responded to a crisis by sitting on the sidelines and hoping for the best," Obama said at a graduation ceremony for the recruits. "We have a responsibility to act, and that's what I intend to do."
The 25 recruits here were given layoff notices in late January after declining revenue caused the city to determine that it could not afford to hire them as police officers. But the jobs were salvaged by $1.25 million included in the $787 billion stimulus package enacted last month.
"There is no longer any doubt you will be employed as officers of the law when you leave here today," Obama said.
Posted at 12:32 PM ET on Mar 6, 2009
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