By Pamela Genry, Sr. Political Correspondent
Feb. 25, 2009 — Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and delivered a message of a stronger
In just a couple days Obama will be unveiling his first budget. The president was careful to temper expectations. “My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited – a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession,” he said.
While he continues to struggle with getting Republicans on board for his economic plan, he extended another olive branch to his colleagues across the aisle calling for them to “act boldly and wisely.”
“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,” Obama said.
The speech focused on domestic policy but the president did give the wars in
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The president made it clear he would not be soft on those who threaten the American people. "Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away," he said.
Obama made a lot of promises in his speech but he took full responsibility for meeting the challenges ahead. "I reject the view that says our problems will simple take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity," he said.
But he said our nation has always responded "with bold action and big ideas."
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