In this weekâ€™s address, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offered their best Christmas wishes to families across the country, and expressed their gratitude to the men and women of the American military and their families for their service to the country. The First Couple encouraged Americans to visit www.whitehouse.gov to learn how they can show their support to our soldiers and their loved ones.
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In his weekly address, President Obama praised the strong patient protections in the health insurance reform bills in Congress, and called on Senators to stop blocking this critical reform effort. The legislation contains many of the protections originally proposed in the bipartisan Patientâ€™s Bill of Rights a decade ago, plus additional protections and rights; and it will reduce costs for families, strengthen Medicare, and lower the deficit.
In his weekly address, President Obama said the jobs numbers released yesterday indicate that the job loss trend is improving, but that his administration remains committed to accelerating these trends and putting more Americans back to work. Next week, the President will announce additional ideas about growing the economy and adding jobs to our economy.
Even â€˜Short Termâ€™ escalation will Cost taxpayers tens of billions that America canâ€™t afford said; Democratic Congressional candidate (CA-44) Bill Hedrick, reacting to the Presidentâ€™s speech at West Point Tuesday.
â€œThe 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 â€“ the fastest pace possible â€“ so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.â€
“I personally believe that the number one thing we need to do is get America back to work. I think before health care or anything else, we need to get people back to work. My biggest fear is that there’ll be too much on the agenda and that things will get bogged down.”
For centuries, in peace and in war, in prosperity and in adversity, Americans have paused at this time of year to gather with loved ones and give thanks for lifeâ€™s blessings. This week, we carry on this distinctly American tradition.