February 24th, 2009
05:14 PM ET
11 years ago

White House releases excerpt of tonight's address to Congress

WASHINGTON (CNN) –– The White House released an excerpt this afternoon of the speech President Obama will deliver to a joint session of Congress this evening:

"But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

"The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more."

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  1. Rushustler

    Just got my new issue of Rushustler,the centerfold features Rush and a chimp,and his golden microphone,dont miss it republicans,you can have hours of fun.

    February 24, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Angel

    You can either curse the darkness or look for the light. WE must look for the light together. The country's success is based on it's citizens' tenacity. If you want to be spoon fed, that's fine. But please cease the whining. If you want to be part of the solutions to our collective problems, let's share ideas and stop finger pointing. Everybody grab an oar and let's start the rowing!

    February 24, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. mike

    Hey BO:

    What would Reagan do?

    February 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Jackie

    I would like to know when abortions and planned parenthood became more important than our kids education. Education funds were cut and abortions and planned parenthood gets billions here in America and IN OTHER COUNTRIES. I would really like to know how the best interest of the United States was served in this decision.

    February 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Mike in VA

    Hillary told us "all he had done is made a good speech. "

    When Democrats get in trouble they become Reaganesque, as evidenced by Obama's speech tonight. Barack Obama is not Reaganesque. He is Orwellian.

    February 24, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Mark

    smokesignals, can we afford more than 30 days of Obama/Democrat spending? In 30+ days he has increased the national debt 1/5 of what Bush did in 8 years. If that keeps up, he'll make Bush look like a financial wizard. Mind you I ddn't like Bush. I'm glad he's gone. But I thought BO promised us changes. He preaches financial responsibility, then spends money we don't have. He sends 900 MILLION dollars to the Palestinians, while our people suffer.

    If he took 200 Billion of the stimulus package, and gave 100,000 to people in forclosure, he would have helped 2,000,000 people!!! That would have ended the housing crisis, the bank crisis, and infused money into the economy. Instead he gave it to the corrupt and greedy banks, mortgage company and all the rest that donated so generously to his campaign.

    Let's face it, we were duped. Let's here his sweet talk tonight, so all you loosers can swoon and put cherios on your forhead and drool over Saint Obama. Then get your checkbook, because it's gonna cost us, big time.

    February 24, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Otto

    You go on with your bad self Mr. President! There are millions who believe we will be stronger than we were before.

    You tell them, we are Americans and we can do whatever we set our mind to.

    We have been down this road before and we have recovered; this time, we are creating a new generation that will take us into the 21st. century and beyond.

    Go get em Barry!

    February 24, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. katt

    donna brazil [6] shot inc a baby along the parade route during the madi gras. today . and its only the beginning . god don't like UGLY and the so- called big easy is a ugly place. i don't care how you people spin what that big evil plantaion is all about. i would predict a hurricane to finish the job this year but who would want to take on all them people who just kill,steal and destory.

    February 24, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. felix

    I love the bozos who are complaining that – gasp – Obama is giving a speech tonight. The State of the Union is just that, a speech. To my knowledge, no President has whipped out a pen mid-speech during the State of the Union and signed an Executive Order.

    Grow up, folks. Tonight's a traditional speech that has been given by presidents past and likely by presidents future.

    Obama *is* taking action. Tonight, however, he's giving a speech, just as Bush did before him.

    February 24, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. patrick

    That's what a dictator does, when the peasants grumble. He comes out says a few pointless empty words and goes back to building his empire.
    Paul in Riverside....what are you smoking. I think its time for you to get back on you unicorn and head on back to your rapidly depreciating valued home in the inland empire. Seriously, you need to take anything a politician says with a grain of salt.
    So much for change. When BO is finished with this country, loose “Change” is all we will have left in our pockets.

    February 24, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. connect the dots

    Who,other than all the Bushes,Robert Gates and President Obama are members of the Skull and Crossbones gang that are being sued by the indian nations for stealing Geronimos remains?

    February 24, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. ray


    February 24, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Dylan from MN

    You can't measure inspiration.

    February 24, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    It really sounds good but it won't happen until a true person of character and perseverance occupies the White House. Someone every American can admire and respect. Maybe this will take place. But not for another four years. We must first suffer through another inept and clueless administration. Time is running out folks. The voters need to wise up and wise up quickly.

    February 24, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Michelle Bell from Alabama

    I am 20yr old black felmale from a small city in Alabama. I'm surprised at some of my fellow Americans. Do people really think that all of our problem will be fixed in this short amount of time? Despite what you heard, President Obama is not the Messiah! He is man with a heavy load and many problems to fix. Problems that include education, jobs, health care, and wars; how can people truly think that he could fix it all with the flick of his wrist? I believe that in time, President Obama will solve many of the problems that we are facing as a nation. But we must do our part to help. That is what makes us the United States of America. Despite our differences on issues, we are still united! At least that's how it should be....

    February 24, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. NO TO JINDAL 2012

    @JJ, Before you make stupid remarks about the market, look up where the market was when Bush was still in office. And about the President opening his mouth, not only is he a great speaker, he can also spell. Check your spelling, how do you spell speech you idiot

    February 24, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Donatella

    Mr. President, I know it will take time but I have faith in you. You have convinced me and a lot of other people that there is hope in politicians, some of you really care about the people in this country.
    Keep up the good work President Obama!

    February 24, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. ray ray

    oh goodie – another speech!! Sounds like the same campaign speech he's been giving for the last 2 years.

    Perhaps after Michelle will give her 30 minute stump speech how Obama will heal the oceans and fix our broken souls???

    February 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. C.S.A republicans

    Why are republicans like drunks at the bar?Because they just dont get it when its closing time.

    February 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. JB in Wisconsin

    Tomorrows Headlines:
    Obama hits home run
    Obama leads nation
    Obama Nails it!!!
    Obama displays hope
    Obama true change

    Republican response weak
    Republican response no merit
    Republican response weak

    Too all just stop saying the sky is falling. Let us be and we americans will decide when to spend.

    February 24, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. ray ray

    Paul in Riverside writes,

    "I bet Republicans wish they had someone with just an ounce of what President Obama is. "

    Hey Paulie – heard you swallowed 8 oz of President Obama. Way to go, Rod-Stewart-Wannabe!

    February 24, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Debby

    Oh please its just a speech like the many he has given in the past. Lets hope the actions he is taking works.

    February 24, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Mike Dallas

    We had a happy talk President for 8 years and look where we are now. I am an adult and I want the President to tell me the truth, and nothing but the whole truth about what his advisors say about the condition of the economy.

    Save the cookies, milk and bedtime stories for the under 5 crowd.

    February 24, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. NO TO JINDAL 2012

    @RAY RAY, BILLIE BOB, BUBBA, HICK, WHATEVER just go away with your stupid remarks. You need to disappear from this site as much as Palin needs to disappear.

    February 24, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. ray ray

    CSA writes, "Why are republicans like drunks at the bar?"

    Yes – if we'd JUST act like "good democrats" and leave the bar drunk, run the car into a lagoon letting the pregnanty woman drown, get back to the compound, have a few more drinks to calm the nerves, and then call the police – 12 hours later.

    Gosh if we'd all just act like good democrats!

    February 24, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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