February 24th, 2009
10:50 AM ET

Five things to look for in Obama's speech

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Michael Scherer

In any given week, the President of the United States will give maybe a half dozen speeches and make public remarks at twice as many events. But often the words that history most remembers are delivered only once a year, usually in January or February, when the President travels the length of Pennsylvania Avenue to address a joint session of Congress. This is the single moment when the President gets to set out the broad sweep of his own plans, proposes his own benchmarks for success, and establishes the tenor of his administration.

It was before a joint session that John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 his plans to land a man on the moon "before this decade is out." "The era of big government is over," Bill Clinton declared before a joint session in 1996. In 2002, George W. Bush used his address before Congress to denounce the "axis of evil, arming to threaten peace in the world," a foreign policy vision that will forever define his legacy.


soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. cougar_gal06

    There are 5 things that I would like to hear in the Presidents speech:
    1. The economy will turn around at some point but it may take more spending
    2. We are going to address foreign policy, more specifically foreign aid in developing countries
    3. We are trying to find a way to turn around the housing market
    4. We will provide better health care for all Americans
    5. We will provide higher education to more Americans
    I would like to see the Millennium Goals reached by 2015 like the 191 countries that created them wanted. Go to the Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org) if you would like to learn more about these goals and the efforts being taken to reach them

    February 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  2. LaKeisha from Ohio

    Could someone pass this to the Obama Administration? I love the stimulus package b/c its inclusive and it plans for long term needs. For example: the health care section............could we insure that the research for "what works the best" medicine and treatments include a real section for African Americans. It pains me to think that the majority of prior research and test studies were performed on White Americans. We all know by now that we all are different and our bodies, minds, etc. react differently due to our culture and background. Could we make sure that the money allocated for treatment comparison considers the race to ensure maximum effectiveness?

    February 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Lucky--I have two questions-–Working the same hours for less pay--saves jobs--but doesn't lessen the burden.-–It only it. Second, how do you spend more when you are earning less?

    February 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Lucky


    Companies who are cutting jobs should instead go for an across the board pay-cuts for all employees and step back from removing any employee.
    Eliminating job cuts would bring:
    1. Bring confidence in people towards the economic stability
    2. Job crisis can be addressed
    3. Housing crisis can be contained as more people would not lose jobs and would not fail on mortgage payments
    4. Consumer spending would improve as more people with jobs would be good than more people without jobs
    5. Companies bottom-lines would start looking-up

    A stability in the economy (without further deterioration) would give the much needed space to our beloved President Mr. Obama in tackling the issues comprehensively.

    I would request the President through this blog to influence all companies to stop cutting jobs and rather go for pay-cuts


    February 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The miracle on the Hudson would not have happen if the crew and air traffic contoller were not miracle workers-–Great job to all-and I'm sure the survivors are grateful.

    February 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    I want be looking for five things in the President speech--I will only be looking for one thing--results!

    February 24, 2009 at 12:28 pm |