The President took no personal responsibility for the failure to stem unemployment. His remarks were solemn, his tone was that of a lecture. At times his rage was less than subtle.
In fact, this larger [Republican] notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone’s money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own – that’s not who we are. That’s not the story of America.
But the Pinocchio award goes to this paragraph.
I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.
Got that? Nothing controversial, everything supported by Republicans, it will be fully paid for and it must be passed immediately. I say give Congress just half the time to study it that you took to prepare it. That would take us to early December 2012. We want to know what’s in this one before we pass it.
Barack knows his history and expressed his appreciation for what Abraham Lincoln did for the nation.
We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who looked to the future – a Republican president who mobilized government to build the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set up the first land grant colleges. (emphasis ours).
To Barack, Lincoln’s greatness comes from his infrastructure programs. Giving freedom to the Black man is not even mentioned.
Our time and space is running out, so we will leave you with these Cliff Notes that cover the rest of the speech.
loopholes special interests pass my bill right now
crumbling bridges loopholes decaying bridges
tax breaks affluent Americans struggling Americans
fair share pass my bill right now reforms
oil companies lobbyists shared sacrifice
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