December 2nd, 2008
10:43 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama addresses governors

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama is addressing the National Governors Association meeting."]NEW YORK ( - President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday told governors from across the country to work with him to "help design" a massive economic recovery package he hopes to sign shortly after he takes office.

"If we're listening to our governors, we'll not only be doing what's right for our states, we'll be doing what's right for our country," Obama said in prepared remarks at a meeting of the National Governors' Association (NGA) in Philadelphia. "That's how we'll grow our economy - from the bottom-up."

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Plagued by rising unemployment, falling tax revenue and increased demand for state services, the governors were expected to press Obama for federal money to ease their fiscal strain.

All told, 41 states are facing budget shortfalls this year or next, Obama said.

"Make no mistake: these are difficult times, and we're going to have to make hard choices in the months ahead," Obama said. "I won't stand here and tell you that you'll like all the decisions I make. You probably won't."

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  1. Peter (CA)

    Tulsa, paul (staunch moderate), and Matt (the good Matt),

    Thanks guys. It's nice to see that logic does have a place on these blogs. I know I can only beat my head against the keyboard so many times before I give up on the pinheads.

    December 2, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. w.l. jones

    People give the president to be time to get settle in office and watch our businessmen roll up theirs sleeve and get this economic back on the road to recovery. You fellow have forgotten what business people have given there time and built the greatest civilazation with help from an understand leader the world every know.

    December 2, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Soccer Nana

    empty vessel, go find some happiness please. Palin ran as vice president; stop trying to compare this hillbilly with Obama. It doesn't matter how much Obama paid for his suit – the fact is, HE paid for it; not his party.

    You cannot compare a Columbia and Harvard education to six state colleges education (finally completed in seven years?).

    Obama worked as a community organizer, a state politician, a US politician; and so did McCain; now, how does that qualify McCain to be president and not Obama? I don't buy the "war hero" bit at all; I know many real combat veterans who were POWs, so don't even go there. The fact is, absolutely NO ONE who is elected president of the United States of America has president of the United States of America experience BEFORE being elected. Just because you were a governor of a state does not mean you will be a good president – e.g, Dubya anyone? Based on what I have seen and heard of Palin, I wonder if the mayor's and governor's races she won were not rigged.

    December 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. EW

    What Godluvr is trying to say is: Republicans need to change their opinion so Democrats can 'reach' across the aisle. They have to hand the Democrats everything on a silver paltter.

    December 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. OneLove2008

    It is very easy to tear each other down.My Challenge to all the Anti-Obama pundits and naysayers is to keep praying for our Country.
    Pray that God will give BO the wisdom to lead and restore the USA .
    God Bless the USA

    December 2, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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