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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 06:09 PM
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Obama to Senate Democrats: Don't fret about your jobs
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Source: McClatchy

* Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Obama to Senate Democrats: Don't fret about your jobs

By David Lightman | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON A feisty but occasionally frustrated President Barack Obama tried Wednesday to calm nervous Senate Democrats about their political futures and prospects for passing major legislation, as he urged them to keep pushing hard for solutions to the nation's most vexing problems.

"The American people are out of patience with business as usual," he told a Senate Democrats' issues conference. "They're fed up with a Washington that has become so absorbed with who's up and who's down that we've lost sight of how they're doing.

"They want us to start worrying less about keeping our jobs and more about helping them keep their jobs."

Obama's 75-minute meeting was a combination pep talk and down-to-earth question-and-answer session with worried lawmakers. Congress so far this year has been far less eager to move forward to finish large 2009 initiatives such as health care overhaul and climate change legislation, preferring smaller, more careful steps.

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