November 26th, 2009
11:12 AM ET
4 years ago

In Thanksgiving message, Obama spotlights economic response

Washington (CNN) - In his weekly Internet and radio address released on Thanksgiving Day, President Obama is mixing politics and policy with typical holiday sentiments.

Less than a week before Obama is set to announce his decision on troop levels in Afghanistan, the president paid tribute to the U.S. military and the families of service members.

"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."

In the message, Obama also pointed to domestic challenges. "But as much as we all have to be thankful for, we also know that this year millions of Americans are facing very difficult economic times. Many have lost jobs in this recession – the worst in generations. Many more are struggling to afford health care premiums and house payments, let alone to save for an education or retirement. Too many are wondering if the dream of a middle class life – that American Dream – is slipping away."

"....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," Obama says in the Thanksgiving message. "That's why we are reforming the health care system . . . . We've worked to stem the tide of foreclosures and to stop the decline in home values. We're making it easier to save for retirement and more affordable to send a son or daughter to college."

"[N]ow our economy is finally growing again," Obama also says in the message, before noting that the struggling economy has not returned to positive job creation. "So we're made progress. But we cannot rest."

He pointed to his upcoming jobs summit with business and labor leaders, set for next week.

"And it is my fervent hope – and my heartfelt expectation – that next Thanksgiving we will be able to celebrate the fact that many of those who have lost their jobs are back at work, and that as a nation we will have come through these difficult storms stronger and wiser . . ."


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Happy Thanksgiving to All,
    Even in dire times we can find much to be thankful for, and that
    is loved ones, friends and hope for a better tomorrow.

    November 26, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Jack Fl

    Happy (hanks Giving to all.there is still muck to be Thankful for even in these difficult times.

    November 26, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. democrackpipe

    This man is full of crap. He talks a good game but then he unleashes his Marxist soul mates to destroy us. Screw him and screw CNN for it perverse slavish support of him.

    November 26, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    Happy Thanksgiving to all even too you liberals.

    November 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    I'm waiting for the Republican response:

    With the economy in the tank, record unemployment and budget deficits, this president who has no legal authority to even be president should not be wasting his time putting out these meaningless messages.

    November 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    "And it is my fervent hope – and my heartfelt expectation – that next Thanksgiving we will be able to celebrate the fact that many of those who have lost their jobs are back at work, and that as a nation we will have come through these difficult storms stronger and wiser . . ."
    ________________________________________________________
    ...Typical Oblahblahblahma rhetoric," Just wait 'till next Thanksgiving when all of those jobs kick in from our Stimulus package...". Blah blah blah...

    November 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. sniffit

    I'm thankful this idiot will be gone in 2012.

    November 26, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Death Panel Sarah

    Now that's the difference......
    The Democrats do not demonize the obstructionist reptili'con's for only saying "NO" to each and EVERY thing the MAJORITY proposes! They always have a positive message about what they are trying to achieve.

    The 'con's are always trying to bash someone in the Democratic party about something(even if it started years ago during another administration(whom we shall not name)! (If they had to come up with FACTS to back their accusations, they would be silent!)
    They always have a negative message. Where's the solutions, 'con's ????

    November 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Stop the War

    'And we say a special thanks for the sacrifices those men and women in uniform are making for our safety and freedom'

    BS. More like sacrificing themselves for the good of his war profiteering friends. This is disgusting. Meet the new boss , same as the old boss.

    November 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Joe

    Wake up people, this guy is a joke. No idea what he is doing. Yeah, the climate and health care are our biggest problems.

    Unreal.

    November 26, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Richard Komi

    I think the president is right on message. We owe our freedom and safety to our men and women in uniform who have given so much for us to enjoy the lifestyle we enjoy today. A special thanks to all our militery and their families for their service to our beloved country.

    November 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Tommygunn

    This is what I expect to hear any holiday from our POLITICIANs.

    We want them to re-enforce they are aware of our situation and working hard at resolving the bad issues.

    We also want them to give us uplifting messages on the current state and future.

    GLOOM & DOOM from any POLITICAL party during the HOLIDAYS is just UNCIVILIZED!!!!!!

    November 26, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    During the next five to eight years as we fritter away more American blood and treasure attempting to help the world's premier heroin dealers set up a government where there never has been one, we trust that you will buy into the delusion that killing these demented religious paupers will in some small manner have an effect on the wealthy criminals who pose the real threat to our security.

    November 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Economic response????

    We've lost 3 million jobs since this socialist crew took over.....and you want them to run your healthcare????.....the only thing they know how to do is print welfare checks.

    November 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Tim

    I wonder why he didn't try for another photo op with the military. Maybe he finally realizes there is no point in pretending that he has the respect of the military.

    November 26, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |