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President Obama: Kickin' Ass

Tonight President Obama spoke in front of House Democrats in Williamsburg, VA.  Thanks to a heads-up from a diarist at DKos I was able to watch it live on CSPAN.  If you missed it, you need to watch it.

This was Obama at his campaign best.  He smacked the GOP around, all the while keeping a smile on his face.

Here are his prepared remarks thanks to the Boston Globe.…

It’s great to be here with so many friends. I’m glad to see the House Democratic Caucus is getting by just fine without my Chief of Staff. I want to thank John Larson for inviting me here tonight. This is John’s first conference as Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, so we’re both new at this.

I want to acknowledge the great Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who has proven to be an extraordinary leader for the American people. I want to thank Nancy, Steny Hoyer, Jim Clyburn and the entire caucus for your hard work in passing an economic recovery plan that is so desperately needed for our country.

You acted with a discipline that matches the urgency and gravity of the crisis we face. Because you know what’s at stake. Every weekend you go home to your districts and you see factories that are closing and small businesses shutting their doors. You hear from families losing their homes; students that can’t pay tuition; seniors who worry about whether they can retire with dignity, or see their kids and grandkids lead the better life that must be America’s promise.

So you went to work, and you did your job. For that, you have my appreciation and admiration. As we meet here tonight, we know there is more work to be done. The Senate is still acting. And after it has its final vote, we will still need to resolve differences between the House and Senate bills. I urge you to complete that work without delay.

Look, I value the constructive criticism and healthy debate that is a foundation of American democracy. I don’t think any of us have cornered the market on wisdom, or that good ideas are the province of any party. The American people know that our challenges are great. They’re not expecting Democratic solutions or Republican solutions – they want American solutions. And I have said that to those who have criticized the plan.

But what I have also said is – don’t come to table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped create this crisis.

We’re not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that in eight short years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin. We can’t embrace the losing formula that offers more tax cuts as the only answer to every problem we face, while ignoring critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, the soaring cost of health care, failing schools and crumbling bridges, roads and levees. I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV – if you’re headed for a cliff, you have to change direction.

The American people are watching. They did not send us here to get bogged down with the same old delay and distractions. They did not vote for the false theories of the past. They did not vote for the status quo – they sent us here to bring change, and we owe it to them to act. This is the moment for leadership that matches the great test of our time.

If we do not move swiftly to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, an economy that is in crisis will be faced with catastrophe. Millions more Americans will lose their jobs. Home will be lost. Families will go without health care. Our crippling dependence on foreign oil will continue. That is the price of inaction.

This isn’t some abstract debate. Last week, we learned that many of America’s largest corporations are planning to layoff tens off tens of thousands of workers. Today, we learned that last week, the number of new unemployment claims jumped to 626,000. And tomorrow, we’re expecting another dismal jobs report on top of the 2.6 million jobs we lost last year.

For you, those aren’t statistics. They are constituents you know and families that you care about. Now, I believe that legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it’s received, and you will get another chance to vote for this bill in the days to come. But I urge all of us to not make the perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and scope of this plan is right.

So just as past generations of Americans have done in trying times, we can and must turn this moment of challenge into one of opportunity. The plan that you’ve passed has at its core a simple idea: let’s put Americans to work doing the work that America needs done.

This plan will save or create over three million jobs – almost all of them in the private sector.

This plan will put people to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges; our dangerously deficient dams and levees.

This plan will put people to work modernizing our health care system, not only saving us billions of dollars, but countless lives.

This plan will put people to work renovating more than 10,000 schools, giving millions of children the chance to learn in 21st century classrooms, libraries, and labs – and to all the scientists in the room today, you know what that means for America’s future.

This plan will provide sensible tax relief for the struggling middle-class, unemployment insurance and continued health care coverage for those who’ve lost their jobs, and it will help prevent our states and local communities from laying off firefighters, teachers, and police.

Finally, this plan will begin to end the tyranny of oil in our time. It doubles our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and biofuels in three years. It saves taxpayers billions of dollars by making federal buildings more energy efficient, and it saves the average working family hundreds on their energy bills. After decades of empty rhetoric, that is the down payment that we need on energy independence.

You know, there’s a lot about running for President that is difficult – I don’t miss sleeping in a different bed every night, or not seeing my kids as much as I’d like. But the best thing about being a candidate is that you get to see the country, and you get to know the character of the American people.

Over the last two years, I visited almost all fifty states. I’ve been in so many of your districts. I’ve passed through towns and cities, farms and factories. I know that people are hurting. I’ve heard their stories, and I’ve sensed their deep frustration. But I also know that these struggles have not diminished the strength and decency of the American people.

We hold within our hands the capacity to do great things on their behalf. It starts with this economic recovery plan. And soon, we will take on big issues like addressing the foreclosure issue, passing a budget, tackling our fiscal problems, fixing financial regulation and securing our country. We must not approach these challenges as Democrats – we must overcome them as Americans. That is why we must work in a serious, substantive, and civil way to build bipartisan support for action.

I promise you that my door is open, and my Administration will consult
closely with you – the peoples’ representatives – as we take on pressing priorities like energy and health care; education and infrastructure.

Already, you have made a difference. I’m pleased that in my very first days in office, I signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to make sure that all of our daughters have the same opportunity as our sons. I signed the Children’s Health Insurance Program to provide coverage to 11 million children, and to make a down payment on comprehensive health care reform. I know it wasn’t easy – it was a long time coming, and I appreciate your hard work over several years on behalf of America’s children.

Tonight, I am confident that if we continue to work together, we can fulfill the promise of health care that is affordable for all Americans. We can create that new energy economy. We can provide a world-class education for our kids. We can unleash the talent, and innovation of the American people to compete in the 21st century. We can do all of that.

Now, we have a choice to make. Future generations will look back, and they will ask what we did when we confronted this crisis. What will they say?

Will they say that – once again – we failed to make the tough choices that lead to progress? Or will they say that this was the time that we came together, that we found our stake in one another as Americans, and that we voted for bold and aggressive action?

Together, we hold in our hands enormous responsibility. We also have an enormous opportunity.

We can write that next great chapter in American history. If we stay focused on the big picture; if we never forget the people who we are fighting for; if we represent the strength and dignity of the American people, then I know we can answer’s history’s call and renew America’s promise.

Thank you.

All emphases mine.  

Of course, as well as President Obama writes, he is better in speech.  Above are the youtube videos.  Enjoy!  The full speech can be seen here:…  It’s worth it.


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  2. Sometimes, a candidate who runs a brilliant race actually disappoints in office. All the energy, charisma and rhetoric is there just to gain power, not to use it wisely. Washington must be uniquely fucked up to try to screw this vital stimulus plan. It will take a uniquely talented set of individuals to get round that fuckery.

    What a great and focused speech (did anyone notice that some of the best bits were when Obama diverged from the written pre-released script and riffed on his own). There are so many thing to take away from this, but perhaps the most important is ‘THIS IS NOT A GAME’.

    Most of the US media, especially TV, seems to treat politics as a form of spectator sport (think of all the sporting analogies used in their coverage). However, I can’t think of many sports where people’s homes, livelihood, health, the future of two wars and the fate of the planet, are at risk. This is even truer on the blogosphere where, with notable exceptions like the Moose, it seems to be that few bloggers understand the politics of power versus the politics of opposition.

    As Obama points out, the politics of opposition is all about perfection. The winner of opposition politics, as it so often proved on DailyKos, is the one who holds the most perfectly formed opposite concept to what is being done. The winners of the opposition debate, as Chris has often said, become more and more extreme as they seek further rarefied heights of ideological purity. They seem the most moral, but they aren’t.

    Morality isn’t a conceptual thing. It’s a practice. You do the best you can, rather than doing nothing because you can’t do everything. The things I read on many progressive blogs these days, from Open Left to DailyKos, occupy an immoral ideological high ground.

    Posters claim to be Good Samaritans, caring about the future of the country. They complain about the Levite who passes by when they see the mugged man lying injured in the road. But they are not Samaritans either. They claim the moral high ground, but never get their hands dirty with practice. They stand by while the victims suffers, waiting for sterile bandages to be invented, and won’t pay for hiis stay at the inn because they believe in single payer insurance.

    This kind of ideological purity is morally bankrupt, because it never sullies its hands with the concept of power, with the possibility of actually achieving anything, and therefore being open to criticism. I hate it, and I blame it almost as much as the Republicans for the political gridlock and frozen polarisation of the last decade or so.  

  3. HappyinVT

    if you watch the CSPAN video, I swear you’ll hear “Fired Up, Ready to Go” at the very end.  I wasn’t the only one who thought she heard it.  🙂

  4. rfahey22

    to focus the administration on the best method to use in order to get things done, then it has been a useful exercise.

  5. spacemanspiff

    Open Left especially. Not everybody there but those who read know who I’m talking about. I agree with MOST of  what they believe in. But I don’t agree with the strategy they are hell bent on implenting.

    Yeah. We are right. But dude. More than half the other country believes they are the ones who are right. I’m not even talking about us being the most liberal part of the party. The lefties to the left of lefties. a.k.a. those who think that nobody but them is a progressive. Again, I consider myself 100% liberal on everything but gun control . I wasn’t even that happy with the initial plan so you can guess what my feelings are on this one. But I still think its better than nothing man.

    Fuck it. People have to eat. I’m not even thinking about debt in the future help me NOW. People very, very close to me are having a hard fucking time and they are desperate ( i’ll say it again) for help NOW.

    They don’t give a shit bout the petty insider bullshit. They just wan’t help NOW.

    Stand back and waste more fucking time? No.




  6. Jjc2008

    the dem Congress and President Obama

    “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks….

    Forgive, sounds good

    Forget, I’m not sure I could

    They say time heals everything

    But I’m still waiting  (a whole country is effing waiting for help; people are hungry, angry, frustrated…what part don’t they get?_

    I’m through with doubt

    There’s nothing left for me to figure out

    I’ve paid a price

    And I’ll keep paying (what’s to figure out….trickle down did not work 30 years ago, or 8 years ago…..the rich got richer, and the middle class got smaller, the poor got poorer, and hungrier and angrier)

    I’m not ready to make nice (screw McConnell, Demint, and all the other selfish, self serving neocons)

    I;m not ready to back down (damn the media, the right and the blue dogs spinning for the right again)

    I’m still mad as hell and

    I don’t have time to go round and round and round

    It’s too late to make it right (for those people who lost forever friends and loved because of a health care system that works like a caste system…the richer you are the better your health care, it’s too late….we can’t get back the people we lost)

    I probably wouldn’t if I could

    ‘Cause I’m mad as hell (no surprise there)

    Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

    I know you said

    Can’t you just get over it

    It turned my whole world around

    And I kind of like it (I like that the crap of W has apparently awakened some, but not enough)

    I made my bed and I sleep like a baby

    With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’

    It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her

    Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger

    And how in the world can the words that I said

    Send somebody so over the edge

    That they’d write me a letter

    Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing

    Or my life will be over (that’s the freakin’ mentality of the wingnuts and those that support them)

    I’m not ready to make nice

    I’m not ready to back down

    I’m still mad as hell and

    I don’t have time to go round and round and round

    It’s too late to make it right

    I probably wouldn’t if I could

    ‘Cause I’m mad as hell

    Cant bring myself to do what it is you think I should

    I’m not ready to make nice

    I’m not ready to back down

    I’m still mad as hell and

    I don’t have time to go round and round and round

    It’s too late to make it right

    I probably wouldn’t if I could

    ‘Cause I’m mad as hell

    Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

    What it is you think I should

    Forgive, sounds good

    Forget, I’m not sure I could

    They say time heals everything

    But I’m still waiting

    The truth is that I am not even a country music fan but the Dixie Chicks spoke to me……their anger was my anger.  

    And it’s still there and I want to see the dems get angry as hell and tell the McConnells, the Demints, the media and the Blue Dogs, the ones immediately looking to cut education money, health care money, food stamp money out…

    a**holes is what they are.  

    Education does create jobs……for teachers, aides, ets….granted that a greater majority are female but sheesh….women too are comsumers and a huge amount are the heads of households.

    Health care creates jobs…..

    Sorry, in my view playing nice with selfish jerks like the McConnells, the Newts, the Limbaughs does not work…..ever.

    I think President Obama has the people behind him on this and he needs to reign in the Blue Dogs and all the dems need to put the people before partisanship.

  7. Stipes

    scares the republicans.

    Obama can make a clear, logical case, and they don’t really know how to react.

    They get shrill, and reuse the same old talking points.

    Seriously, have the Republicans in DC completely forgotten how to think clearly…or did they do permanent damage to the brains by drinking too much Rove/Atwater juice?

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