March 12th, 2009
06:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama defends priorities to business leaders

President Obama says recent problems in the markets are only part of a larger crisis.
President Obama says recent problems in the markets are only part of a larger crisis.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama took aim Thursday at conservative critics who claim that he is using the economic crisis to ram through an unrelated, expansive domestic agenda.

The president told a group of business leaders that although he is not interested in increasing government's role in America, a sustained economic recovery will be impossible if the country fails to address long-term structural problems in its education, energy and health-care systems.

Watch the president defend his priorities to business leaders

"I am not choosing to address these additional challenges just because I feel like it or because I'm a glutton for punishment," Obama said at a meeting of Business Roundtable members.

"I am doing so because they are fundamental to our economic growth and ensuring that we don't have more crises like this in the future."

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  1. Nathan

    Dont you have to know how the economy works b4 u can fix it. Osama maybe u should consult tax cheat geithner

    March 12, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. MICK in MESA

    Defend his policies? DEFEND? What are you talking about CNN?What I saw on TV was a progressive back and forth dialogue with neither side being the adversary. To me it was working on the problem together. Guess you guys at CNN have been brainwashed by the Bushie spin meisters so that everything is an "attack"...

    March 12, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Hmm !

    So where was he (Obama) when he made this announcement? Somewhere under the table like when he signed the porkulus budget? Wow! What a guy!!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Lush Limprick and Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    Forgive them President Obama, after 8 years of someone in the Oval Office whose main accomplishment on any given day, was to get the oatmeal to his mouth without dribbling it on his tie, you need to be more understanding.

    They are just not used to having someone in charge that can multi-task, just yet. The shrub's day was consumed fighting off that thirst for demon rum!

    March 12, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. JM

    Holding on, conservative critics (cc) at all costs. Hello! The US is in a financial crisis, and it's too late and billions of dollars short to continue to resist change, play the blame game, and continue to challenge the President's recovery plan and priorities. I've always heard if you are not part of the solution, you are likely part of the problem. Stop the rhetoric! When the smoke started to fill the air,did it ever occur to anyone to yell "fire" ? For the past eight years we've been a 50-alarm fire and no one thought it to be their collective responsibility to insist that the fires be extinguished to sustain our country from a major crisis? Oh that's right, no one had to be "ACCOUNTABLE" then.

    March 12, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. dont drop the soap Limbaugh

    Its great to have someone as President that can do more than just chew gum and say oh shucks.

    March 12, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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    March 12, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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