Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
From the AP:
The bill would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust.
Obama was fired up, ready to go, giving car makers a boost today.
Speaking of which, I received my OFA call and I've noticed that people are starting to pay more attention now with the mid-term elections around the corner.
Obama at GM:
Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant
12:16 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Detroit! (Applause.)
Well, it is good to be here. Everybody, if you have a seat, have a seat. (Laughter.) It is good -- it’s good to be back.
THE PRESIDENT: It’s good to be back. First off, give it up -- give it up to Leah for that wonderful introduction. (Applause.)
We’ve got some special guests here that I want to acknowledge. First of all, your Secretary of Transportation, who has helped to make sure that we are guiding this process of rebuilding the American auto industry and is doing an outstanding job, from Peoria, Illinois, Secretary Ray Lahood. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)
Because of a funeral, she couldn’t be here, but I want everybody to give a huge round of applause to one of the best governors in very tough times that exists anywhere in the country, Jennifer Granholm. She’s doing a great job. (Applause.)
Your outstanding new mayor and close to my heart, NBA Hall of Famer, Dave Bing is in the house. (Applause.)
Two of the hardest working senators anywhere. And they are always thinking about Michigan and Michigan manufacturing, making stuff right here in the United States of America, Carl Levine and Debbie Stabenow. (Applause.)
Outstanding member of Congress, Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. (Applause.) UAW President Bob King is in the house. (Applause.) And Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. (Applause.) Sergio is modest. He doesn’t stand up. (Laughter.) But he’s doing a great job.
So I just had a tour of this outstanding plant with Sergio and Pat Walsh, your plant manager; General Holiefield -- now, that's a name right there -- (Laughter.) General Holiefield, vice president of the UAW. (Applause.) Cynthia Holland, your local UAW president. (Applause.)
And it was great to see the work that you’re doing and the cars that you’re building. Especially when you consider the fact that just over a year ago, the future here seemed very much in doubt.
Now, before I make my remarks, I’ve got to disclose, I’m a little biased here because the first new car that I ever bought was a Grand Cherokee. (Applause.) First new car.
Up until that point I had had some old, beat up -- (laughter) -- used cars -- they were not state of the art. And I still remember walking into that showroom and driving out with that new car. It had that new car smell, and everything worked. (Laughter.)
I wasn’t used to that. Had all these -- everything was electronic, and I had -- all my -- I’d had to roll up my windows up until that point. So I’ve got some good memories of that car. But I’ve got to tell you when I sat in this car, this is a better car. This is a state-of-the-art car. This is a world-class car right here. (Applause.)
Now, I want everybody to think about where we were. We were in the midst when I took office of a deep and painful recession that cost our economy about 8 million jobs -- 8 million jobs -- and took a terrible toll on communities like this one.
Our economy was shrinking about 6 percent per quarter. Now, this morning we learned that our economy grew by 2.4 percent in the second quarter of the year, so that means it’s now been growing again for one full year. (Applause.) Read the rest here.
Obama heads to Detroit today to tour Chrysler and GM plants. He'll speak at 12:15 pm eastern and 1:40 pm eastern. Look for a live stream here.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
In this first clip, Obama tactfully (and oh, so satisfyingly) shuts down the often uninformed Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Facts, unfortunately, don't outweigh politics.
On the fluffy stuff:
Obama speaks for the first 10 minutes on the issues of the day, from the economy to Shirley Sherrod. Then he begins speaking about education. We're No. 12! See the Race to the Top finalists here. A transcript of the speech is here.
Update: See Obama's speech to National Urban League here.