Skip to comments.FR DRINKING GAME: Hussein's Address to the Joint Session of Congress - 9:00pm to 10:00pm EST
Posted on 02/24/2009 5:37:48 PM PST by Libloather
CBS News Coverage of the Presidential Address to the Joint Session of Congress
9:00pm - 10:00pm
President Obama outlines challenges facing the nation and lays out his priorities for meeting them in an address delivered in the House chamber before
FREEDOM & LIBERTY. Even teatotalers can survive this one...
Main word.....CRISIS. That’ll put ANYONE flat under the table.
We have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election. A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future. Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldnt afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.
Well that day of reckoning has arrived, and the time to take charge of our future is here.
Now is the time to act boldly and wisely to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity. Now is the time to jumpstart job creation, re-start lending, and invest in areas like energy, health care, and education that will grow our economy, even as we make hard choices to bring our deficit down. That is what my economic agenda is designed to do, and thats what Id like to talk to you about tonight.
The recovery plan and the financial stability plan are the immediate steps were taking to revive our economy in the short-term. But the only way to fully restore Americas economic strength is to make the long-term investments that will lead to new jobs, new industries, and a renewed ability to compete with the rest of the world. The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care; the schools that arent preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit. That is our responsibility.
In the next few days, I will submit a budget to Congress. So often, we have come to view these documents as simply numbers on a page or laundry lists of programs. I see this document differently. I see it as a vision for America as a blueprint for our future.
My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what weve inherited a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession.
Given these realities, everyone in this chamber Democrats and Republicans will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me.
But that does not mean we can afford to ignore our long-term challenges. I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.
Yesterday, I held a fiscal summit where I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office. My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time. But were starting with the biggest lines. We have already identified two trillion dollars in savings over the next decade.
In this budget, we will end education programs that dont work and end direct payments to large agribusinesses that dont need them. Well eliminate the no-bid contracts that have wasted billions in Iraq, and reform our defense budget so that were not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we dont use. We will root out the waste, fraud, and abuse in our Medicare program that doesnt make our seniors any healthier, and we will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.
I know that we havent agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways. But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months, and where we return after those debates are done. That is the foundation on which the American people expect us to build common ground.
But in my life, I have also learned that hope is found in unlikely places; that inspiration often comes not from those with the most power or celebrity, but from the dreams and aspirations of Americans who are anything but ordinary.
I think about Leonard Abess, the bank president from Miami who reportedly cashed out of his company, took a $60 million bonus, and gave it out to all 399 people who worked for him, plus another 72 who used to work for him. He didnt tell anyone, but when the local newspaper found out, he simply said, ''I knew some of these people since I was 7 years old. I didn't feel right getting the money myself.
I think about Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay. The tragedy was terrible, said one of the men who helped them rebuild. But the folks here know that it also provided an incredible opportunity.
And I think about TySheoma Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon, South Carolina a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom. She has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp. The letter asks us for help, and says, We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina but also the world. We are not quitters.
Hope & Change.
Let’s get hammered.
I am so friggin tired of this phoney puke Chicago thug. We have to endure this for so long. I may move.
Even teatotalers can survive this one...sad, but true.
how many times will Obama, like a good Liberal, take no personal repsonsibility and blame Bush for everything?
In take the occasional drink to celebrate. I don’t anticipate a single thing to celebrate tonight ... unless al qaeda has plans for ‘something different’.
Which ones would those be?
repsonsibility = responsibility
I hope his teleprompter breaks down.
Looks like 0bama is about to talk. Turning off the TeeVee, opening a beer, chugging it, opening another beer. Teel me when it’s over.
I’m going to take a SMALL sip every time he says: uhhh...
I hope the keg gets here soon.
Naah... Their guy is in charge - they wouldn't harm him.
Now, meteors..., lightning bolts, ... the ground opening up and swallowing ....
I never said I was going to watch it! Pop a top for me...
I was thinking more along lines of al qaeda violently changing their own leadership. I wouldn’t even speculate on what they may have planned for US int eh coming days and weeks.
Oh goody, he's going to wreck America like a tornado tearing through town and build it back the way he wants it.
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