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TomCat S (129)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:07 am
I watched Barack Obama outline his plan for the economy today in one of his finest speeches ever. He covered all the bases: Jobs, Education, Retirement Security, Health Care, and Upward Mobility. He also laid out the role Republicans have been playing in refusing to to the job the American people elected them to do, but donít take my word for it. Watch and judge for yourself.

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:38 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 5:01 am
The little bit I heard was good. I have all morning to catch up.

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 6:11 am

Yes, it was a good speech but a bit too long to keep and hold interest. Maybe someone needs to tell him we know what he republicans are doing, just choose one or two topics and educate the public. Obama can rally a crowd but he does need to educate the population on his issues. He can do what others can not, he is the president, he is not running for another office and he commands respect.

pam w (139)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 6:12 am
He DID rock....I'm glad to hear him stand up to THE PARTY OF OBSTRUCTION.

Robert B (60)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:11 am
The BIG problem we have is HOW to overcome and work around the PARTY OF OBSTRUCTION. They are determined, come hell or high water, to ruin the middle class and put the burden on the poor and minorities and then have the NERVE to try to take away their voting rights. We MUST remember this at EVERY election.

Kymberli Ward (27)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:31 am
Excellent. Thanks, Tom.

Kit B (276)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:45 am

The best way to deal with obstructionists is to address their lies directly and tell the FACTS. Part of the problem is that the administration is ignoring them, that allows the brush fires to grow into wild fires.

Deborah W (6)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:53 am
Same olld, same old, with two new wrinkles ... Hope and Change now down to hope and Forward now in reverse Three more years of this crap with emphasis on capturing House and Senate numbers for upcoming election. Boring ...

Dorothy N (63)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:07 am

Thanks for posting this great speech, Tomcat!!

President Obama totally needs to go to the people and update them on what's going on, as a policy.

Good 'society' manners in politics are great and should be standard, but when that's all one-sided, it's necessary to point out what the other guys are doing, make sure that people have an idea of what's really going on, in case they haven't noticed the most obstructionist, destructive Congress in American - probably any country's - history.

I thought President Obama looked much younger and no longer so exhausted from living in the lunatic shark tank of corporate Republican pathology; seems he's found a way to start getting things done and feels energized and more hopeful - just hope he hasn't been conned into signing that horrible corporate trade agreement...

Some of this could go either way, but I also suspect I'm on auto-suspicious after all of the neo-Con sneakiness and self-interested maneuvers, so we'll see - I do believe that President Obama is doing the best he can for his country and the American people, and likely one heck of a lot better than almost anyone possibly could, in his position.

Frankly, I fail to understand how he's managed to accomplish all that he has, considering, not that he's been getting credit, what with all of the Republican propaganda to the point where Teabaggers don't even get that their own taxes were lowered, and that they've been conned into fighting for giant corporations and billionaires paying even lower taxes by bleeding people like them - who they underpay right down to starvation levels - and with even many Democrats failing to understand what literal insanity and Bush-admin-set-up corporate power over policy and government he's been dealing with!

Chris C (152)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:27 am
Obama looked steadfast, determined and ALOT more relaxed. He rocked it.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 10:44 am
What ma peeps said. Thanks Cat Man.

Robert K (31)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:00 am
Of course it's the same old same old Deborah, because the Republicans are still doubling down on their destroy America and sell it off for pennies on the dollars for their millionaire and billionaire owners.

There is not a single Republican worthy of holding office and if every Republican died today, every one of our problems and every one of the first world's problems would be history in 6 months.

Robert K (31)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:05 am
I might also add that the reason they hate "Obamacare" is that it works and they hate that. With their hate women, hate immigrants, hate liberals, hate the poor, hate the colored, hate everyone who isn't exactly like them, dumb as a stump and devoid of empathy.

In the words of Mike Royko, (Of the conservative Chicago Tribune) " Why is it so much easier to be a conservative than a liberal? Because it's easier to give someone the finger rather than to offer them a helping hand."

Dorothy N (63)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:27 am
Anyone who hasn't yet seen this, should - Rachel Maddow's report on how even before President Obama's speech the Republican Congress renewed their attack on the EPA, and slashed Obama's requested funding for green energy by what I recall her saying was SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT,

This after Maddow showing us a series of unstoppable, uncontrollable leaks of toxic fossil fuels in multiple places, both in Canada and the US.

To paraphrase and add to what President Obama said - it's now or never that we get things fixed, including the situation worsening over the past few decades that causes not just the middle class - the people of the country - to essentially not matter to those who believe only they do and who have obtained control over public policy for the benefit of the few - and personally, I believe that if we don't regain democracy and control over corporations and their political toadies now, in a decade or two, anyone alive may wish they weren't.

Dorothy N (63)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:29 am
Should have been ...not just the middle class -* but* the people of the country - to essentially not matter to those who believe only they do...

David C (133)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:34 am
unfortunately Congress has done so little and will likely do so little more......

Deb E (63)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:52 am
I couldn't access the speech at the link provided here, for some reason, so I went to youtube to look for it. I found one in Illinois from yesterday, so I am assuming that is the one being discussed. I wish he would speak like he isn't campaigning. Because, to me, this was just another campaign speech.

Billie C (2)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:02 pm
same old same old. what office is he running for now?

. (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:16 pm
Instead of blaming the GOP. where was Obama's outline for the future? I heard nothing. I heard blame for the rise in student loans, outsourcing of jobs.Issues as President he could have fought for.
I would like to know where we have doubled our use of wind power in this country.
With an Illinois congresswoman, and Senator in attendance, it's ironic he couldn't get a gay marriage proposal passed. I guess it's good politics just to be seen.

Gene J (290)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:19 pm
He did rock. But the story didn't even make the front page of the largest newspaper in MN, what was once the most progressive state in the union. Of course that meant the usual suspects naysaying didn't either but the problem of gridlock is still there. No ideas that will help the middle and lower class will get through that Republican House until we vote those cheesy b@stards out of office and restore a progressive majority. I simply find it impossible to believe that a majority of Americans are behind what the House is doing - nothing. Except vote once or twice a week to repeal Obama Care. And debate further restrictions on women's reproductive rights. We have made progress but not an iota of credit for that goes to the gop because they have blocked every proposal, every idea and intend to do the same until they are gone, gone, gone. That has to be the progressive priority as we come up to the 2014 and 2016 elections, all those tea party senators come up for re-election in 2016. They have no record to run on since they have done nothing, proposed nothing but more for the 1%. I hope with all my heart that the 99% come crashing down hard on them in 2014 and 2016 with a strongly electable progressive candidate for President to lead the way. I loved the speech but it really pointed out just how depressing it is to listen to the Senate minority and the House majority leaders speak. Those are truly rotten excuses for human beings. When your only policy is obstructionism, you are a failed party. I hope no one ever forgets this bunch.

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 12:19 pm
He rocked!

He didn't just call out the Republicanus/Teabaggers once, but a number of times.

Huffington Post picked up the story but unfortunately, not on the front page.

Here's another take from Alternet

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:27 pm
Im sure it is just more lies. He will cave in to the republicans and the rich bankers and rich oil companies because that is who he works for. Don't let his pretty boy speeches fool you. He will make a pretty speech and do the opposite. I wanted hope and change and all I got was a rock.

Deb E (63)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:48 pm
Okay, so was finally able to see what you posted, TC ... which was the same vid but much better quality than what I had found at youtube ... and I have to say just this ... things at the end of the speech that he said "will happen" are, in my opinion, already happening. He can't just keep telling the American people that if the Republicans don't start working with him it will get even worse than it is. He has to do something to "make" them work with him. That is what a strong President of the "most powerful country in the world" would do. So far, he has stood by, hoping that the people of this country would do something to help him get the job done, but that can't happen unless we have a "united" people. The people of this country are far from united. 57.5% of the population voted in 2012? We are still at WAR for crying out loud, and still we have nearly half the population not voting?? Why didn't he bring up how much money we could save if we brought our troops home NOW??? People seem to think that it is perfectly normal for families to greet their loved ones coming home from war, now. I see it in freaking commercials and it makes me sick. He is shirking his responsibility to this country, as far as I am concerned. He got elected twice. Time for the talk to stop and the walk to start.

Wayne W (12)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 1:57 pm
"I might also add that the reason they hate "Obamacare" is that it works and they hate that."

Right you are, Robert K.

A look outside of Washington, D.C. shows that the law is working, is helping make health care more affordable for millions of Americans, and will only help millions more when it is fully implemented in the year to come.

Here are just a couple of examples of how Obamacare is working:

Health insurance premiums for those in the NY individual market will plummet by 50 percent or more. The New York Times reports that someone who is paying $1,000 a month now will be able to purchase coverage next year for as little as $308.

In Montana, Without the health law, insurance officials predicted the average premium in 2014 to rise by 10 percent to $290. Instead, the average cost for an individual plan will be $273.

In Washington, After warning that premiums would go up by 50-70 percent under Obamacare, Premera Blue Cross released rates for individual plans that are lower than current levels. Premera currently offers individual plans for 21-year-old non-smokers for $325/mo, In the exchange, that same person could purchase a similar Premera plan with a lower deductible at a rate of $276.

Obviously it works best in states that aren't trying to kill it.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:07 pm
I'll believe it (maybe) when he ends the TransPacific Partnership Trade Agreement that makes his entire speech moot.

Wayne W (12)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:09 pm
Providing pre-natal and maternity care should improve America's poor record of first day infant mortality. It makes no sense to be pro-life and anti-Obamacare.

More Babies Die in America on Their First Day Than Anywhere Else in Industrialized World

Obama's Affordable Care Act: What Does It Mean for Women?


Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:11 pm

James Maynard (84)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:41 pm
An excellent speech to be sure. We need to make
darn certain he has a Congress to back him up in
2014. Stop electing Republicans!!!!

jan b (5)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:02 pm
All Obama ever needed was cooperation from the republicans who at his inauguration Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:20 pm
The President does at least have unprecedented bipartisan support for expanding the NSA domestic surveillance state, the drone war, the war on whistleblowers, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, tars sands oil transport via pipeline and rail, the Keystone XL pipeline, and a disastrous all-of-the-above energy policy that continues consumption of dirty energy. He also has virtually unanimous support from both corporate parties and the business interests that both represent for expanding an austerity package that cuts American workers' benefits and protections in order to maintain extreme tax breaks for the wealthy elites. It would appear that we have a two-party sham where, despite the feigned opposition between the two free-market capitalist parties, they are united by a single corporate agenda. Meanwhile, progressives find themselves shut out of the political process yet again, wondering who exactly it was that they voted for in 2012 election as their man channels Neville Chamberlain and can't bend over backwards far enough to appease extreme right-wing interests. In '08, I voted for "change I could believe in," now all any of us ever get is "change that cannot be believed." We need economic justice for working class Americans, social progress, and environmental other words, things that the two party sham cannot be counted on to stand for, much less works toward.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 5:14 pm
I heard part of the speech on the radio & it was good. I'm glad Someone remembered we still have a much-reduced Middle Class that needs to be saved. We'll see what happens. I wish he'd hire a knee-breaker to give the perps a tweak before each vote..;) There's gotta be an unemployed thug who ISN'T a RepubliCON out there somewhere! (maybe Chicago?;)

elderberry C (47)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:20 pm
I wish he would get Monsanto (which is really government run) to leave UK & EU out of their evil designs. We do not want a seed or plant take over by a pesticide corp. masquerading as a food saviour grabbing patents now (latest move) on our conventionally grown vegetables, fruits or anything else they can think up. We don't want trade agreements with a poisoner. We the people don't want Agenda 21! He promotes Monsanto yet HE & his family EAT ORGANIC! Think about that.

Winn A (179)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:14 pm
You rock Mr. President.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:20 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:50 pm
Obama is one-of-a-kind

Sheila D (194)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:58 pm
Great speech, lots of big talk and dares...time will tell which way the President will blow. Interesting to see - Noted and Thank you.

Pamela W (75)
Friday July 26, 2013, 4:06 am
Noted !!! Thank you so much Tom Cat for making this video available to people, such as myself, who live outside the USA !!!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:36 am
I have to agree with you Tom. That was a damn fine speech. Now lets see it put in action. If the Repuklicons continue with their usual money first attitude and their kiss ass to the big corporations, it would really rock the house if Obama does use his executive power to override those twits. I was not particularly pleased when he spoke of more natural gas and oil here in America though. But I was happy to hear that we have double wind and solar. I like his plans for education and I sincerely hope he sticks to his guns with his plan for the middle class.

TomCat S (129)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:38 am
Thanks to almost all. I's have more to day, but I'm worn out.
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