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Obama Addresses Democratic Governors' Fundraiser

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama told a group of Democratic governors Thursday afternoon that his economic stimulus plan has helped stabilize the national economy and that his plans for health care reform, expanding educational opportunities and investing in clean energy will point the way to a more prosperous future.

Speaking at a Washington fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association, Obama said that the economy is stronger because of the$787 billion economic stimulus bill.

"We know that the Recovery Act is making a difference," Obama said. "It's made a difference for our families. It's made a difference for our states. It's making a difference for the nation."

The initiatives his administration is now pushing are essential for the nation's future economic competitiveness. Education is the key to high wages and the cutting edge businesses the future, and clean energy will be a major industry in the coming decades. Meanwhile, he said, health care reform is necessary to help both individuals and business now burdened by the cost of coverage.

"We can't afford a health insurance system that hampers America's economy in the 21st century -- we need a health system that unleashes its potential," Obama said. "And that's what reform will help us achieve."

Posted at 4:42 PM ET on Oct 1, 2009  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Economic Stimulus?

Our Orator in Chief Had as much luck getting the summer Olympics to Chicago as he is creating jobs!

From Today's NY Times-

Jobs Report Highlights Uncertainty of U.S. Recovery

Published: October 2, 2009
"The American economy shed another 263,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent, reinforcing a broad assumption that many more months of lean times lie ahead for working people."

Hey Obama supporters- where are all those new "Green Jobs" he told us about at EVERY debate? Anyone installing solar panels out there? Where are the tax incentives, etc? Where are the jobs Obama? 10 months and ticking! Nice job with the Olympics...

Posted by: thecannula | October 2, 2009 4:31 PM

To Pollyannish headline writer:

Ummm... not so much, it turns out. Chi-Town shoot-down, 9.8 percent unemployment and rising... and THIS:


Please click on this "ACLU Freedom Blog" link, scroll to the bottom and read up.

Is Team Obama naive, misinformed, or complicit in the continuing censorship/prior restraint of telecommunications in America?

Or, is a silent coup underway, emboldening government employees and their contractors to ignore direct orders from Washington? OR RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 2, 2009 1:33 PM

What no party of NO opposition..proof positive that the party of NO hack's opposition is based on a lack of ideas, plans and connection on their part..
America has looked into the eyes of the GOP and found nothing, zero, zilch, nada,...

Posted by: ruraledcomm | October 1, 2009 11:07 PM

I am very disappointed that the Republicans did not flood this site with complaints about Obama wasting his time talking to the governors when there is so much work to do. They are well trained little pets who only write when the leadership tells them to.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2009 6:38 PM

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