The President is continuing his "woe is me" and "blame the Republican tour" again this week. On the economy and rising unemployment, yeah, he should sack up and take responsibility. The economy and country has tanked more under 19 months that it did in the last year under Bush and it's because they have no vision, spend like crazy, pass bills and stimuluses no one wanted or can afford, undermine Democracy and the big no no - not listening to the people whom you represent.
Saying that Republicans are holding up bills, as I said yesterday on my updates, the Democrats have the majority in the House and Senate so they really don't need their votes to pass the bills. They proved that last year especially with health care.
The President also commented on the pastor who wanted to burn the Quran this weekend. I'm saying it wouldn't be a good idea just because I wouldn't do that or even burn the Bible, but at the same time, it is freedom of expression and people in America and especially around the world bad mouth us, yell "death to America" and burn our flag all the time. Maybe the other side should get a taste of their own medicine. Besides, most Muslims, all the radical and extremists believe in the Quran so why not burn their hand book.
Yahoo!/AP: President Barack Obama insisted Friday that the U.S. economy is digging itself out of the deepest recession in decades but conceded that "progress has been painfully slow" and many voters in November's elections may blame him.
Facing a rising jobless rate, Obama told a White House news conference: "For all the progress we've made, we're not there yet. And that means the people are frustrated and that means people are angry."
"And since I'm the president and Democrats have controlled the House and the Senate, it's understandable that people are saying, you know, 'What have you done?'"
On the economy, Obama repeated his contention that Republican obstructionism is hampering his ability to steer the nation into a stronger recovery. He renewed his insistence that Senate Republicans drop their stalling of a bill before the Senate to help small businesses.
Obama repeatedly sought to justify the high-dollar actions his administration has taken to boost a sputtering recovery. And he blamed Republicans for holding back future progress by uniformly opposing other proposals on the table.
His previous revival effort has worked, Obama said, but "it just hasn't done as much as we needed to do." With public opinion sour on the first economic stimulus plan, Obama initially refused to call the three-pronged economic plan he laid out this week a "stimulus" plan but then said: "There's no doubt that everything we've been trying to do ... is designed to stimulate growth and additional jobs in the economy. That's our entire agenda."
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