Obama is on the offense now. Today, he speaks to nurses (see video below), meets with moderate democrats in the Senate and Saturday he'll hold a rally in Minneapolis.
Speaking to the American Nurses Association in the Eisenhower building this morning, President Obama reiterated much of what he said on health care last night before a joint session of Congress - while tailoring a lot of it for his audience.In the video clip below, Obama talks about the rise in the poverty rate:
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, I just love nurses," Obama said in his opening remarks. "I don't know what it is - I love nurses. Michelle knows about it." TPM
The US poverty rate jumped to its highest level in 11 years in 2008, according to a government report on Thursday that underscored the impact of the worst recession since the Great Depression on households.For a family of four, the poverty level line is drawn at $22,000. Read the entire Census Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States report here.
The Census Bureau said the poverty rate rose to 13.2 per cent in 2008, the highest level since 1997, from 12.5 per cent in 2007. It said this was the first statistically significant increase in the annual poverty rate since 2004.
'There were 39.8 million people in poverty in 2008, up from 37.3 million in 2007,' the department said. Read more at the Business Times