BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama hit the road to promote his economic stimulus plan Friday, saying that although the country is starting the new year "in the midst of a crisis unlike any that we've seen in our lifetime ... it is not too late to change course - but only if we take dramatic action as soon as possible."
"The way I see it, the first job of my administration is to put people back to work and get our economy working again," he said.
But even if his stimulus plan wins approval, Obama warned, "recovery won't happen overnight. It's likely that, even with these measures, things will get worse before they get better."
He quickly ticked through the basics of his plan, saying that it would "save or create 3 to 4 million jobs in businesses large and small across a wide range of industries - and 90 percent of these jobs will be in the private sector."
"I want to be clear - we're not looking to create just any kind of jobs here," Obama stated. "We're looking to create good jobs that pay well and won't be shipped overseas. Jobs that don't just put people to work in the short term, but position our economy to be on the cutting edge in the long term."
The president-elect reiterated his promises to extend unemployment insurance, expand access to health-care coverage, double the production of renewable energy, and provide a $1,000 tax cut for most working families.
He also pledged to "put nearly 400,000 people to work by repairing our infrastructure," as well as provide greater federal assistance to help states "avoid harmful budget cuts in essential services like police, fire, education and health care."
In December, he noted, the country lost more than half a million jobs, bringing the 2008 total to nearly 2.6 million.
Obama made his remarks at a wind-turbine manufacturing plant near Cleveland. Obama has cited wind-generated power as a key element of his renewable energy plan.