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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:20 PM
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Obama: "I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber."
Obama: I Will Not Walk Away

An excerpts of tonight's speech, just in from the White House:

By the time Im finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber.

http://www.tnr.com/blog/the-treatment/obama-i-will-not-...
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:22 PM
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1. More excerpts --
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 06:23 PM by jefferson_dem
The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 27, 2010 Excerpts of the President's State of the Union Address
We face big and difficult challenges. And what the American people hope what they deserve is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. The aspirations they hold are shared. A job that pays the bill. A chance to get ahead. Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

You know what else they share? They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids; starting businesses and going back to school. They are coaching little league and helping their neighbors. As one woman wrote to me, We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged.

It is because of this spirit this great decency and great strength that I have never been more hopeful about Americas future than I am tonight. Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We dont allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, its time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. And tonight, Id like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.



By the time Im finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber.



Rather than fight the same tired battles that have dominated Washington for decades, its time for something new. Lets try common sense. Lets invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Lets meet our responsibility to the people who sent us here.

To do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.

Thats what I came to Washington to do. Thats why for the first time in history my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And thats why weve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.

But we cannot stop there. Its time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my Administration or Congress. And its time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests including foreign companies to spend without limit in our elections. Well I dont think American elections should be bankrolled by Americas most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and thats why Im urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.

Im also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, Im calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before theres a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/excerpts-pre...
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:26 PM
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3. Interesting...mentioning the Supreme Court decision.
I am happy to see that.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:23 PM
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2. Considering the very public "maneuvering" with Lieberman, Nelson, Baucus, et al.
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 06:24 PM by depakid
that's going to be a tough sell.

Kinda has to say, it though- even if the administration hasn't been prepared to back it up.
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:29 PM
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4. Not much on jobs.
I guess he's ready to walk away from the unemployed.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:30 PM
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5. It is an excerpt, not the whole speech.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:58 PM
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9. They just reported 2/3rds of the speech is about jobs.
But, please, always jump to the absolute worst conclusion possible.
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:08 PM
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10. Pre-emptive bashing.
Good job! :applause:
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 08:19 PM
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13. I don't mind bashing when bashing has been deserved for a year on the topic.
You want a cheerleader, you go to GDP.
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Connie_Corleone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:27 PM
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12. Yeah, that small excerpt is Obama's whole speech tonight.
:eyes:
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 08:20 PM
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14. He has yet to say anything about how he is going to get jobs going.
I don't need a rehash of what he's already done or not done.

Time's awaisting.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:41 PM
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6. Good
and don't stop there.
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mscuedawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:48 PM
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7. Wow....I found his speech online and its TOTALLY different...
"Stop whining. Good night."

:loveya:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 06:50 PM
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8. Good.
Those are the people that need to be blamed for this mess: The president, his administration (and previous ones) and the Congress. They better not walk away from us. They need to fight even harder now. Good to hear the words. Not let's get down to the action.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:26 PM
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11. Obama Vowing to Push Health Overhaul in Address (NYT)
Obama Vowing to Push Health Overhaul in Address
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE



With his legislative agenda stalled and unemployment stuck in double-digits, President Obama plans to use his first formal State of the Union address Wednesday night to outline his effort to rebuild the nations economy and put more Americans to work.

As part of that revitalization, he will vow to fight to salvage the comprehensive overhaul of the health care system that was his domestic priority until it collapsed in Congress. He also is using the speech to make some pointed attacks on Washington lobbyists.

In his remarks, he painted a grim picture of the nations economic challenges.

By the time Im finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance, the excerpts say. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether.

But, he adds: I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber.

Mr. Obama declares that despite our hardships, our union is strong.

He adds: We do not give up. We do not quit. We dont allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, its time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. And tonight, Id like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/us/politics/28obama.h...
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Top Cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 08:23 PM
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15. KICK
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