AC360° Senior Producer
President Obama will have his biggest moment yet at 9pet, next to the Inauguration. He will address a joint session of Congress and millions of YOU across the USA, delivering a critical speech to the nation about the economy.
This speech comes on the heels of signing the stimulus bill into law, and a new goal to halve the nation’s trillion dollar deficit. In other words: Spend! Cut!
In his address tonight, he is expected to strike an optimistic tone. Perhaps he is taking Former President Bill Clinton’s advice to sound more upbeat in his speeches. I guess he meant the parts when President Obama said “crisis could turn into catastrophe” and “the road ahead is not an easy one.”
A poll tells us 3 out of 4 Americans are worried about the way things are going in the country. This morning markets fell globally over fears the economy will continue to diminish. This market reaction came on the heels of the Dow’s 250 point drop yesterday, bringing the market to its lowest point since 1997.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been chosen to deliver the Republican’s response to President Obama’s address to Congress tonight. He has been depicted as a rising star for the GOP, and there are hopes he may be the right person to reshape the party. This speech is seen as his coming-out party.
Being chosen to offer this primetime speech is a job normally given to Congressional leaders, so it’s quite a boost for Jindal and sure to raise his profile. Is Sarah Palin eating her heart out somewhere?
Tonight, our panel of political and economic experts will put all of the above into perspective. We have also linked up with Facebook so you can watch our coverage along with your Facebook friends on http://www.cnn.com. We will be taking quick polls which will be termed “Pulses” on the site, asking you questions about how you are faring, and weave the results into the show!
9pET is the President's Address, 10pET (approx) is Jindal's/GOP response, and then Anderson will hash it all out soon after. See u then!°
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