Obama ‘Will not Rest’ Until Economy Revived and Jobs Created

November 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—President Obama released his weekly address today, with a message of gratitude for our military men and women who remain in harm’s way on this national day of thanks, while their families carry on with an empty seat at the table. Obama also recognized that many Americans are suffering economically this Thanksgiving. And he made a promise to the country that he would not rest, until the economy is healthy again, providing jobs and opportunities for the middle-class.

Obama spoke of the Thanksgiving tradition, as unique to Americans that’s celebrated in good and bad times to give thanks for what we have:

“For centuries, in peace and in war, in prosperity and in adversity, Americans have paused at this time of year to gather with loved ones and give thanks for life’s blessings. This week, we carry on this distinctly American tradition.” […]

“We keep in our thoughts and prayers the many families marking this Thanksgiving with an empty seat – saved for a son or daughter, or husband or wife, stationed in harm’s way. And we say a special thanks for the sacrifices those men and women in uniform are making for our safety and freedom, and for all those Americans who enrich the lives of our communities through acts of kindness, generosity and service.”

President Obama then turned his thoughts to the financial turmoil facing our country and what his administration has done so far to boost the economy:

“That’s why we passed the Recovery Act that cut taxes for 95 percent of working people and for small businesses – and that extended unemployment benefits and health coverage for millions of Americans who lost their jobs in this turmoil. That’s why we are reforming the health care system so that middle-class families have affordable insurance that cannot be denied because of a pre-existing condition or taken away because you happen to get sick.”

He acknowledged the fact that although, his recovery programs have slowed job losses, that’s little comfort to the many Americans who are without a job today:

“Though the job losses we were experiencing earlier this year have slowed dramatically, we’re still not creating enough new jobs each month to make up for the ones we’re losing.” […]

“So we’ve made progress. But we cannot rest – and my administration will not rest – until we have revived this economy and rebuilt it stronger than before; until we are creating jobs and opportunities for middle class families; until we have moved beyond the cycles of boom and bust – of reckless risk and speculation – that led us to so much crisis and pain these past few years.”

President Obama is holding a jobs summit next week to find solutions to the nation’s double-digit unemployment rate.

The full text of Obama’s address can be found here.

Photo Source: (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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