Obama’s Speech to the Nation

President Obama this evening gave a speech promoting hope, confidence and optimism about the future, while also making clear the great challenges faced by this nation.

He urged action on energy, education,and health care while also advocating direct action to deal with the abuses that have led to the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression.  He spoke to the average American in a way designed to build faith and patience as the country attempts to reverse the terrible damage that has occurred through lack of regulation. 

The President also promoted the New Deal philosophy of FDR and the Great Society activism of Lyndon B.  Johnson.  The speech was inspiring, and was greeted by tremendous applause throughout the House chamber.  Indications are that he accomplished his goal of restoring the belief that America would overcome this latest challenge to its security and future. 

There is no debate that Obama stands out as one of the best Presidents to speak before Congress, on the level of FDR, JFK, Reagan and Clinton.  One can only hope that his rhetoric can be put into concrete results!

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