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Finally, an Inaugural Address

It came a bit late, but Barack Obama finally gave his inaugural address. It was sweeping, and it was grand. It was uplifting, and it was profound. It sang, as Walt Whitman did, of a glorious country. The president vowed to school everyone through college, if they wanted, to reform the health care system, to prune Social Security and Medicaid, to take an eye-shade to the bloated Federal budgets, to end the war in Iraq, to turn the nation green and end dependence on foreign oil, to rein in greedy bankers, to open the spigots of credit. And if he did not say anything about curing acne it had to be because he was running out of time.

Whew.

It is easy enough to mock the breadth of his package, but it was easier still to wonder at it. The president has the wind of public approval at his back, and he is clearly determined to sail into history. His rhetoric was out of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, vowing to finish programs that they had only started – health care, for instance, or the Johnsonian belief in the emancipating wonders of education. Obama even mentioned the post-World War II GI Bill, and it brought the chamber to its feet.

Roosevelt, even Johnson, spoke to a much narrower audience than Obama did Tuesday night. For Obama, his listeners were also overseas, institutions with weird names like FTSE and DAX and HANG SENG, the overseas financial markets. It is there, beyond America’s oceans, that the money must be borrowed to finance the recovery. We have none of our own, having become beggars on the international street. We saved nothing. We spent it all. Buddy, can you spare a yen?

How Obama’s speech will play abroad will soon be known. Those creditors might have expected more details. They might have expected something more specific on Social Security, which is fixable. Obama flinched on that – maybe a signal the left wing of the Democratic Party will prevail. Like Medicaid, the approaching Social Security deficits are astronomical. Like Medicaid, something needs to be done.

Obama’s speech was more aspiration than plan, more intention that rhetorical spread sheet. Still, the man on the rostrum last night was fully in command, seeming to relish – the echo of FDR’s jaunty cigarette holder in his bit – the challenge that lies ahead. He is president at last – and not a minute too soon.

By Richard Cohen  | February 24, 2009; 11:18 PM ET
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Yes he gave a blueprint of what needs to be done to take the nation where he wants it to be. Employed, educated, energy independent, health insured and a green nation.

".........Obama’s speech was more aspiration than plan, more intention that rhetorical spread sheet."

Posted by: DrCha | February 25, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

THE greatest presidential speech in modern history.

AND it was done in a bi-partisan fashion, in front of congress (not in front of a bunch of like-minded supporters on the campaign trail)

This is a great time to be an American. We will tell our grandchildren of these times!

Posted by: jgarrisn | February 25, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm amused about how many of the "chattering class" didn't seem to notice, or thought it below their notice, to mention how Obama repeatedly brought up personal responsibility, as well as corporate and government responsibility in explaining how we got here and how we're going to recover. Why is that? It's been a fairly consistent theme of Obama's all along, and is refreshingly honest. As the current economic mess has proven, those who expect something for nothing are likely to get less than nothing.

Posted by: wkorn | February 25, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

We are not a nation of quitters.

But there sure seem to be a heck of a lot of unpatriotic whiners over on the Tax Cuts for Billionaires Republican side ....

Seriously, do you guys have ANY IDEAS or are you just grasping at straws and hoping to destroy America?

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 25, 2009 4:25 AM | Report abuse

President Obama's speech was absent details, Gov. Jindal's was absent period

Posted by: southpawp | February 25, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
25 February 2009

Finally, oh finally, America has in Barack Obama a President who has both the intelligence and the courage to know what ails America now, to tell the whole nation the truth about the serious and unprecedented financial and economic crisis now confronting it, and to assure the nation that he and his administration are all set to stop the recession dead in its tracks as well as lay the foundation for growth, progress and prosperity.

Long-festering problems which past administrations feared handling and simply left on the backburner are now being brought forward by President Obama. He warned the nation that good and effective solutions will have to be found for those huge problems--now!

Mariano Patalinjug
MarPatalinjug@aol.com

Posted by: MPatalinjug | February 25, 2009 6:01 AM | Report abuse

"The president has the wind of public approval at his back"

His approval rating is 60%. Bush's was 62% one month into his tenure. I guess Bush has the wind of public approval at his back too.

Posted by: bobmoses | February 25, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The President was eloquent indeed. In a country over run with ponzi schemers, corrupt bankers,crooked wall street swindlers, war criminals, torturers, politicians on the take, I guess we are lucky to finally have an articulate President.

Am I the only one indignant that the wretched people responsible for the destruction of our economy, our world standing and our Constitution are not rotting in 9'x12' cages.

Posted by: daniel3715 | February 25, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama said "We do not torture" at the same time his administration is siding with the Bush administration on every torture secrecy issue they've been sued on. So I can't get all choked up about the rest of his speech.

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 25, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Tax is not punishment. It is the way each, according to their ability pays for the peace and security that is America.

For the past 8 years, the surplus we had went straight to the pockets of the super wealthy who were supposed to reinvest in America... but they did not, and the numbers of extra wealthy have doubled, while the numbers of poor and homeless have trippled, and we are in deep debt, with billions of infrastructure wanting.

Its un American to carp about your fair share of taxes when your country can't pay its bills, and we owe several countries that don't necessarily wish us well.

Its un American for the wealthy to invest elsewhere, move their corporations and jobs out of the country while enjoying a low tax rate here.

Its un American that the working poor and middle class pay FICA on every dime they earn, but the high-end earner pay it on only a fraction of their earnings. It is un American that the working poor and middle class have nothing left over to shelter any of their income, but the wealthy do, AND enjoy a tax cut besides.

You cannot finance two wars with tax cuts...that should not take a great deal of intelligence to figure out, but we got folks who haven't gotten there yet.

Its time for the high earners and the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes..

Posted by: dutchess2 | February 25, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

It's been a long time since a political speech was appointment viewing. And that says something.

Posted by: DontWannaMyPostID | February 25, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

My God, how refreshing it is to have a commander in chief that can put more than two sentences together without stumbling. A president who works for the american PEOPLE and not the money grubbing CEO's, big oil company executives and texas money men. President Obama in 30 days has done more to help average americans than the entire bush clan did in three terms. How refreshing!!

Posted by: dem4life1 | February 25, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Thank God we finally have a president who is visible, articulate, TRUTHFULL, and can speak in complete sentences without stumbling and fumbling and putting you to sleep by talking in a flat line monotone. We also have in President Obama a hard worker, and someone who is interested in the nation as a whole and not just in enriching a select few. Someone pinch me because I must be dreaming!!

Posted by: 72Redskins | February 25, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The speech was nothing more than veiled sinister message of pathological government dependency from someone who was one of the major causes of the current economic problems. Remember he sued Citibank to force them to give out high risk loans and helped set a new precedent that set the stage for the current mortgage crisis

Good thing his approval ratings are worse than Jimmy Carter's at this stage of his presidency and it will only go down as the scandal and corruptin piles up. So don't expect much

Posted by: tom2 | February 25, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Still have a job? Thank Obama, he just "saved" it for you. you libs crack me up.

"I'm amused about how many of the "chattering class" didn't seem to notice, or thought it below their notice, to mention how Obama repeatedly brought up personal responsibility, as well as corporate and government responsibility in explaining how we got here and how we're going to recover. Why is that? It's been a fairly consistent theme of Obama's all along, and is refreshingly honest."

Well, that certainly explains the bailouts then, again, you libs crack me up.

Posted by: permagrin | February 25, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama gave an eloquent, uplifting master plan for his administration. It was a long speech and mesmerizing at it. Poor Bobby Jindal he had a hard time filling the shoes that was dealt for him by his republican buddies. He did not have any substance only, but he gave a boring speech; and if he is their rising pol lol the reps have a long way to go. His youthish look did not help either. At least Obama compensate his youth uplifting personality.

Posted by: ere591 | February 25, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

This was one of the greatest political speeches I have ever heard. I believe Obama will go down as one of the greatest Presidents, if not THE greatest President, of all time.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | February 25, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I am close to 60 years old, have lived through a lot, and been hardened beyond belief. But at two points during Obama's speech, I found myself crying out loud, tears streaming down my face, most intensely when he introduced the young woman from South Carolina, whose hope and promise were all that we needed to remind us of what is at stake.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | February 25, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

That was a great speech by Obama. You guys know it. But the Howdy Dooty Show afterwards was a let down. This is the hope of the Republican Party? I'm listening to Jindahl and finding it hard to believe that this guy is the great Republican hope. It's really, really hard not to just say that the people who voted for this creep don't want any help and so they shouldn't get any. Unfortunately, there a whole bunch who didn't and a lot of children who don't deserve to pay the price for their parents' folly. But my God, I'm gobsmacked by the fact that he actually raised Katrina in the way he did, suggesting that they didn't need government help. I just don't know what to say about that. Of course the Republican Party got their talking points quickly, led by Sean Hannity, Fox and Friends. They were actually angry. And of course old man McCain took his shot. Nothing new there. Now that the legislation has passed, his approval rating is sky high while Republicans are exiled to the basement. The Republican Noise Machine doesn't need the customary 100 days to size up the new president. Right-wing commentators barely needed 30 days to come to their conclusion that they hate everything Barack Obama stands for. So, I pay you no mind.

Posted by: sherardg | February 25, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

If Obama can cast such a wide net of solutions, it's because these problems are interconnected.

Posted by: donnasaggia | February 25, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

America - we haven't had a President for 8 years - now we have one. Let's work with him and see if we can come out of this together.

Posted by: agapn9 | February 25, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH PAYING TAX? I need roads, I live in Portland, Oregon with 16 bridges. My husband, while on a business trip, just got off hwy 35 and the brdige that collasped in Minneapolis, what that to happen again?
JINDAL-We've moved past Reagans old, worn out ideas, they were wrong then and they're worse now! Trickle down does work, and free isn't free, when you require our tax dollars to pay for it!
Portland, Oregon is at the base of Mt St Helen's BOBBY, EVER SEEN A VOLCANO ERUPT? DOUBT IT.

anyway Jindal, you'd think you'd be more sensitive to natural diasters, and why isn't the 9th ward built yet?

THIS COUNTRY HAS LIVED THROUGH 8 YEARS OF BEING LIED TO AND SPIED ON. ONLY ONCE DID OBAMA MENTION TERRORISM, HE DOES NOT WANT US LIVING IN FEAR! Ya gotta love him for that!

McCain, the DEFENSE DEPT ARE THE ONES THAT ORDERED NEW HELICOPTERS THEY'RE 19 YEARS OLD. I'M SURE YOU'D LOVE TO SEE SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAPPEN TO OBAMA, BUT 6 BILLION PEOPLE WOULD BE BROKEN HEARTED, they won't be when you leave this planet!

God bless our president and keep him safe!

Posted by: Cookie100 | February 25, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Cohen mentioned the name of Lyndon Johnson? Cohen's memory has gone bad. LBJ gave the US his disastrous war on poverty with its myriad government programs, taxpayer money wasted by the millions, rioting in the streets by angry mobs who had been promised utopia, joined by an assortment of radical some of whom liked to throw bombs and scream, "Kill the Rich" like Obama's friend Mr. Ayers. Most of us have grown up since that time- Cohen clearly lives in the past. One thing will change- instead of millions, Obama will waste trillions of dollars. That's liberal progress.

Posted by: mhr614 | February 25, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

After 8 years of President Bush and to transition to President Obama I can’t get enough. An intelligent and articulate President who talks to his constituents like they are adults – yeah horrible - NOT. To quote George Will "…president who, is too "in-your-face" for his own good" – not a good idea. I would rather listen to an "in your face" President than a liar any day.

When President Obama is having a news conference I watch - whether at home on TV or at the office streaming. He has something to say.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 25, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

If it was such a great speech then why is wall street down almost 200 points!?!?!

Posted by: TheRigoMan | February 25, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"The president has the wind of public approval at his back"

His approval rating is 60%. Bush's was 62% one month into his tenure. I guess Bush has the wind of public approval at his back too.


Posted by: bobmoses | February 25, 2009 6:47 AM

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LOL...I thought you Republicans were above paying attention to polls. I thought you made decisions based on firm convictions and that the numbers didn't worry you.

Wrong again. You follow the numbers like you're keeping score in a schoolyard kickball game.

Bob, seriously, you need to apply for the job when Bush advertises for a Director of his Wishful Thinking Tank. You're going to spend the rest of your life revising his sorry legacy.

You can put your own book in there too. Your devoted readers aren't going to forget "Me Froomkin, Me Hate Bush."

Posted by: Attucks | February 25, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that so many people today are basing the worthiness of this speech on the stock market's performance.
It seems like our sole measure in our society is "how much money did you make for me today" which I find very sad.

Posted by: micauc | February 25, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The speech gave a clear example of why the Republicans view President Obama as their worst enemy. The narcissism of Republican ideology can't afford a ringing national vision, a national purpose, a national responsibility. The success of the GOP since Reagan has been built on America basically saying: "I got mine, screw you." It's also why some Southern Republican governors are so deeply offended by the unemployment insurance reforms built into the stimulus legislation. It attacks the very core of their corrupt and exploitive politics. So, yes, the opposition to Obama coming from the Republicans is very much a "matter of principle." And this is why President Obama knows that these are times that redefine the meaning of our national conscience.

Posted by: eheath1 | February 25, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

RC pretty much nailed it. Obama began the work of lifting a nation's spirits. That speech made me feel like we are going to turn around the economy and that there are adults in charge again.

Posted by: roboturkey | February 25, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"The president has the wind of public approval at his back"

His approval rating is 60%. Bush's was 62% one month into his tenure. I guess Bush has the wind of public approval at his back too.


Posted by: bobmoses | February 25, 2009 6:47 AM
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You're absolutely right, except for the present tense in which you put the second phrase. Bush HAD the wind of public approval at his back, even more so after September 11th. But he squandered it with AWFUL policies, unrestrained spending, baffling secrecy and an unflappable commitment to an extreme ideology. Time will tell what President Obama does with his public approval. But the parallels that you and your ilk draw with simple turns of phrases like the one you posted are shallow and useless. If Obama does with the presidency what Bush did, he'll be ridden out on a rail the same way. If he doesn't, and he treats this country with respect, you will understand the difference between competant and not.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | February 25, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Medicaid will right itself when healthcare costs reflect the % of GNP that the rest of the industrialized world pays. Social securities fix is as easy as no maximum amount payable losing the cap. Obama looking for votes made the $100,000-250,000 exemption donut. 4 million lost their jobs, home sales tanked, 4 of the 5 biggest banks are bankrupt if they mark to market, inventories are not going down which is driving the downturn in the stock market. I also believe we put too much onus on Wall street, since Main St. small business employs more than 70% of all Americans without being traded.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 25, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

My God, what vomitous tripe. Odumbo is an empty suit. Just go look at his old State Senate district in Illinois...still crime-ridden and blighted.

God help us all.

Posted by: tjhall1 | February 25, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I suppose you can believe that the idiots overseas never paid any attention to what Roosevelt said, or LBJ, or Kennedy, if you want to, or if you just want to get across that Obama really IS the messiah, I suppose you can try to do that, too.

Posted by: chatard | February 25, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

At least 75% of what Obama promised for America is pure BS and unattainable without ending entitlements (which libs would NEVER do) or raping the taxpayers at a level never before seen in this country, and anyone who doesn't see that is either a fool or an idiot. The naiveté expressed here in these posts is astounding.

Posted by: realist2 | February 25, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

My God, what vomitous tripe. Odumbo is an empty suit. Just go look at his old State Senate district in Illinois...still crime-ridden and blighted.

God help us all.

Posted by: tjhall1 | February 25, 2009 12:16 PM


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That's it?

That's your evaluation?

Slurs and the same old cliches?

LOL...why am I not surprised?

Posted by: Attucks | February 25, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Cohen writes,

"Like Medicaid, the approaching Social Security deficits are astronomical."

Here we go with the Social-Security's broke meme. Please, Mr. Cohen, cite your evidence of this. Because there's plenty of contrary evidence from respected economists who say that Social Security is in solid shape for at least 30 years.

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | February 25, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"My God, what vomitous tripe. Odumbo is an empty suit. Just go look at his old State Senate district in Illinois...still crime-ridden and blighted.

God help us all.

Posted by: tjhall1"

tj is just another shallow thinker that is intellectually stunted for some reason.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | February 25, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"My God, how refreshing it is to have a commander in chief that can put more than two sentences together without stumbling. A president who works for the american PEOPLE and not the money grubbing CEO's, big oil company executives and texas money men. President Obama in 30 days has done more to help average americans than the entire bush clan did in three terms. How refreshing!! "
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That right? I have a $2100 tax stimulus check still in the bank from BUSH! Obama's tax relief is beer money...

Posted by: ramvt84 | February 25, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I was very impressed with President Obama's speech. What a difference from Bush! Obama's speech was forceful, but had the quality of a man saying "we're going to get things done, and I'll see to it!", whereas Bush was always full of false bravado, with the cowboy message of "we're doing it my way or I'll whup yer ass" as he gave us a back-slap in phony bonhomie.

Obama displays competence. After years during which ideology trumped ability, I'm optimistic about our future.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Richard Cohen that the President's speech was "more aspiration than plan." Frankly, it seems that's all we ever get from Mr. Obama, and I’m a democrat. From campaign trail to the White House, we have heard plenty of lofty objectives and attractive platitudes, but I still haven't heard anything concrete, let alone anything that would justify the media’s perplexing adulation of a “community organizer” who has done little else. True journalism is dead.

Posted by: JOHNSMOST | February 25, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

In response to GODHIMSEL1 and all of the other repub tr0lls here

Did you guys even listen? Guess not.

Questions for the tr0lls:

Who was President back then in October 2008 when McCain stated "the economy is fundamentally sound" and then 2 days later suspended his campaign to fix the mess the repubs created?

Who came up with the plan to throw $350 billion at the banks with no oversight and accountability?

Repub's comments here all blame President Obama who just took office Jan 20, 2009.

Why don't you all get your heads out of your racist behinds to get a clear look at reality.

GOP philosophies, ideologies and principles have failed our country.

Tax cuts, tax cuts and more tax cuts for only the rich will not solve the problems we are facing.

Would you prefer government just do nothing other than give more tax cuts?

Repeating old lies over and over will not make them the truth.

The truth is that your GOP f****d up, royally. It's hard to commit mistakes when millions suffer due to ineptness and profound irresponsibility.

The market is not responding to the Presidents plans I hear a lot.

Wrong. The market is responding to the immense losses most of the big companies are taking as well as the bad outlook due to the situation the government of clowns has created.

Your Gopers. Just take your failed philosophies, ideologies and principles and shove them up where there is never sunshine and where your brainless heads have been for the last 8 years.

Have a nice day

Posted by: mackiejw | February 25, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

to bobmoses:

"His approval rating is 60%. Bush's was 62% one month into his tenure. I guess Bush has the wind of public approval at his back too."

Yes! George W. Bush had even more than that. He had a functioning economy, a government budget surplus in the bank and a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans.

They shall be judged by the how they used that golden opportunity.

To paraphrase Harry Truman, what a paradise they could have made of this world.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | February 25, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If it was such a great speech then why is wall street down almost 200 points!?!?!
Posted by: TheRigoMan | February 25, 2009 10:51 AM
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Because the people in the market know that the Jig is up. (He He)Stocks will sort out to their real worth. Until the report comes out on where the banks are in relationship to their Debt assets ratio how does anyone know what a stock is worth?

Posted by: ORNOT | February 25, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who supports our affirmative action president at this point probably doesn't have a 401K account, hasn't been laid off from their job yet, or have the slightest idea what's happening and why. Our entire economy is heading for a cliff and the ignoramus with sole power to turn the wheel or hit the brake, has decided instead to stomp on the gas peddle. How nice. We'll all be equal in poverty. Maybe China will set up a food bank for us, Venezuela will give us free heating oil, and Saudi clerics will make inspirational speeches on the radio stations newly liberated from Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: greg3 | February 25, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Richard. You sang part of my song.

Barack Obama is a miracle for America and most of the world - I would like it to be all of the world.

All of my advocacy, community organizing - all the tears from listening to oral history, it was more than worth it. From the day he could see McCain in the rear view mirror, my heart has been light...not the heavy depression I had since the Supreme's selected Bush for their president have I felt to optimistic.

I don't know if God had anything to do with the birth of Barack and his ancestry.All I am sure of is his mother, maternal grandparents and even the dreams of his father enabled us to have this wonderful man and his family working on the problems that several past presidents did not want to touch.

Thank you, Richard

Posted by: wilkestraphill | February 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

realist2 said:
At least 75% of what Obama promised for America is pure BS and unattainable without ending entitlements (which libs would NEVER do) or raping the taxpayers at a level never before seen in this country, and anyone who doesn't see that is either a fool or an idiot. The naiveté expressed here in these posts is astounding.

Is Hannity of Fox in the house?. I have watched his vitriol every now and then; I can bet the farm he is the same guy writing in cognito in this blog. Too much similarities in sentence formation and word selection. Hannity what happened, you can get track in your useless show?

Posted by: realist2 | February 25, 2009 1:13 PM

Posted by: ere591 | February 25, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

bobmoses....

Your "bitter" is showing....along with your ignorance.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | February 25, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Once again the empty suit in the White House who has the gift of gab says absolutely nothing when it is all said and done. Truly the most unqualified President in the history of our great country..God help us!!!!!

Posted by: Theo7 | February 25, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I’ve read a lot of the commits here and on other sites and I am amazed. We as a country are in trouble, lost jobs, health care, retirement plans, people not having a place to live ... to live!

And for the most part, all I here from the republicans are negative remarks. We as a country need help with the right leadership. With our new President we seem to have the right leadership.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but didn’t McCain want to suspend his campaign to work on the stimulus plan (that the GOP was in charge of)? When that plan came out, what happen to the money that went to the banks, gone! Because there were no guidelines to it. So now, they put down the Democrats for having a stimulus plan. The plan that the President has come out with is not perfect, but he does have guidelines. You can go to the website (www.recovery.gov) to see where the money is going and how it should be used. We as a country need help in jump starting the economy. This is the best way right now.

Just in the last few months, the GOP has again insulted the America people. By presenting a woman (Palin), a man of color (Steele) and now (Jindal) and having them tell the people we are in touch with you. Which, by those three Americas, show that they are not in touch. As McCain once said, you are considered middle class if you make less than 5 million a year. (that sound like being out of touch to me)

The President is trying to work with the GOP, but he is not going to let them stop his plan. He will listen to some of their ideas, but how much advice do you really want him to take from the very people who put us in this situation in the first place?

If people stop looking at the color of his skin (which in America is not possible yet) and look at what he is trying to do (bring jobs back, clean up health care, help the people who are about to retired and who are retired and help the America people to have a place to live) then they will see that he is really working for the people (all people, not just the ones who make over 5 million a year).

Has anyone notice that in fast food restaurants you see more senior citizens working there? Or where you live, do you see more signs of homes for sales? What about your job, if you are still there, doesn’t it seem like you are doing the work of 3 or 4 people? Are you happy with the schools your children are in or the way the school district is being run?

We, as a country, have to give the President the time to change and improve the country we live in. We need to work together people.

Posted by: hindukat1 | February 25, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama read a speech beautifully. The speech was inspiring, not the typical malaise and the sky is falling crap he presented earlier. That said we are not sure what his plan really is and how 8500 plus earmarks will help us put people to work. He wants those who create jobs and pay half of all taxes in America to pay even more.
Biden is in charge. I haven't seen one committee that Biden has served on that has anything remotely to do with the economy, but there it is.
We have a novice Captain and we are in a Perfect Storm.

Posted by: mharwick | February 25, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It's tough being a Republican these days. While the Democrats, behind the most eloquent speaker in years, can talk about doing things (whether you believe they can or not), the Republican mantra is, "Let's do nothing and everything will be better because we're Americans."

Not much of a sales pitch.

Posted by: amaikovich | February 25, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

That right? I have a $2100 tax stimulus check still in the bank from BUSH! Obama's tax relief is beer money...

Posted by: ramvt84 | February 25, 2009 1:32 PM

Then you failed the country didn't you? Because Bush wanted you to spend that stimulus check, not put it in the bank.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 25, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the gushing over what must be the most "tell them what they want to hear" speech ever given. He can sling with the best but where is the beef? Where is the money coming to support his promises? Half the deficit as he doubles what is already there and not considering the interest on the loans to do it? Come on folks wake up. $13 a week is going to be so helpful. I spend nearly $700 a month on health care for my wife now. Check out the pork in the "stimulus" money already. Congress continues to produce crap and Obama says there is no pork? Just who is telling the truth?

Posted by: ernest121 | February 25, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Nothing different than doing what he does best TALK. He has been doing this for a year now, please could someone tell me why the press is so in love with him?

Posted by: kathymac1 | February 25, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

tom2,

Been hanging out with michael phelps lately? Quit tripping. OBAMA is going to be a GREAT President and will restore our nation's greatness.

So, get over it, or you could purchase a one way ticket out of the USA...

Posted by: roxlaw | February 25, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"My God, what vomitous tripe. Odumbo is an empty suit. Just go look at his old State Senate district in Illinois...still crime-ridden and blighted."


Actually, I live in that district... and, believe me, despite the past eight years of utter political degradation at the national level, it's still way better than it was when Obama arrived. It's a tough set of neighborhoods, but change has come, very slowly, due in no small measure to Obama and his local allies.

Posted by: Seriously2 | February 25, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"Obama’s speech was more aspiration than plan, more intention that rhetorical spread sheet."

Oh how I love glittering generalities, vaporous fluff, and the chatter of the jabberwocky; it just sends a tingle up my leg.......

Is this guy ever going to produce any substance? on anything?

Posted by: Spitfires | February 25, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

It was said... "If it was such a great speech then why is wall street down almost 200 points!?!?!"

I thought we'd had enough of the short term, next quarter outlook. Evidently not. Your view is of the next 24 hours. There's short-sighted, there's myopic, and then there's Magoo. Glad to meet you, Mr. Magoo!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 25, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

We've got the right guy at the right time. Obama and his uniquely talented team will pull us out of the ditch and put us back on the road.

One thing though: Social Security in not broken!!!! Just raise the income limits on the tax and we've got no problems. (and any shortfall is years away)

Posted by: gwbush2323 | February 26, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse


"RigoMan said:
If it was such a great speech then why is wall street down almost 200 points!?!?!"

Simple. Wall Street is the enemy of America and Americans. If it's good for them, it's bad for you.

C'mon, Dow 200!

Posted by: ched | February 26, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

" I have a $2100 tax stimulus check still in the bank from BUSH! Obama's tax relief is beer money...

Posted by: ramvt84 | February 25, 2009 1:32 PM"
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Well, if you would have spent that money rather than put it in the bank then it would have done what it was intended to do.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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