Saturday, February 28, 2009

Weekly Address

President Obama ends a breathless week in which he presented his first budget, announced a plan to end the occupation of Iraq, attended a Washington Wizards NBA game, and honored Stevie Wonder at a White House concert. In his weekly address, Obama summarized his budget plan along with his determination to forge change:
The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long, but I don’t. I work for the American people. I didn’t come here to do the same thing we’ve been doing or to take small steps forward, I came to provide the sweeping change that this country demanded when it went to the polls in November. That is the change this budget starts to make, and that is the change I’ll be fighting for in the weeks ahead – change that will grow our economy, expand our middle-class, and keep the American Dream alive for all those men and women who have believed in this journey from the day it began. 
Complete text hereand video here...

The president and friend courtside a the Wizards-Bulls game:

President Obama greets Stevie Wonder in the White House East Room. Stevie received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Just one of the many reasons why Stevie more than merits this recognition:


ZenYenta said...

When you put it that way it's kind of amazing. If I get a work assignment completed and clean out a closet at home I feel like I've had a red letter week, accomplishment-wise. He's pretty amazing. Maybe he really does have super powers. :)

Occupied Funk... said...

Thanks for this post. Obama kind of amazes me. Your post strips away the irrelevancies - which clutter my thinking - from all the stuff I had read during the week on this subject. And thanks for inspiring my most recent post. Ill be adding a link in a short moment. As it stands it just carries your name (k) without a link. Ill do that shortly.

Roy said...

Yup, it's been a very satisfying week. And I love that summing-up paragraph of the President's weekly message. He's basically thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the supporters of the status quo. And in doing so, he brought up his overwhelming mandate to do what he's doing - the voters have spoken and you guys had better get in line if you don't want to get rolled over.

Yup, a very, very satisfying week indeed.

K. said...

Thanks for the link, OF! BTW, OF posted a terrific Miles Davis video here. It's an abstract soundscape that refracts the music in real time.

Obama's energy and intellectual capacity are amazing. Obama's appeal must be similar to Kennedy's in the early days of that administration. (I'm too young to remember.) The difference to me is that Obama does not shy from tough domestic issues, whereas Kennedy put off dealing with civil rights for as long as he could.

Of course in Kennedy's day, the South was still a critical part of the Democratic party's constituency and wielded a great deal of power in the House and especially the Senate. I've always been fine with the south turning Republican: In the end, it helped the Democratic party forge a solid liberal identity. History is a long march, and the party has ultimately been able to dominate the the Northeast and West Coast, only in a much healthier and unified way than when it controlled the south.

SparkleFarkle said...

When it comes to music, Stevie Wonder truly is THE wonder, but, dare I say it? Stevie Wonder, the guy, gets on my last nerve. I'd better git, while the gittin' is good, huh? *makes a quick b-line for the blog door*

P.S. Sorry, K., sorry Stevie... Good night, John Boy? Like I said, I'd better git.