Wednesday March 25, 2009
In the LA Times today recapped the major points in the press confrence from yesterday and stated that "Obama uses news conference to call for time, patience, understanding". obama made his second prime time television appreance in two months in hopes to promote a budget that supporters praise as ambitious and critics slam as big-spending. Obama consistenly raved that climbing out of the recession will not happen over night and asked that Americans show patience and have faith.
The NY Times belives that optimism is growing within the congress regarding Obamas new budget plan. The president visited the Capitol on Wendesday to urge senators to preserve his initiatives on health care, energy and education.Despite some blacklashing among some Senate Democrats about the level of spending and future deficits, Mr. Obama’s appeal seemed to find a receptive audience. The article stated that "Democratic senators indicated increasing optimism about the prospects for approval of the fiscal blueprint after they pared spending and made other adjustments."Just before midnight, the House Budget Committee voted, 24 to 15 along party lines, to approve its spending plan, sending it to the full House for consideration next week.
The Washington Post gave another side to this story insisting that Obama agreed to softening up his wish list and agreeing that the congress wont be able to give him everything that he wants. Obama excalimed that this budget was great because "it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity." The article then later states that asked twice whether he would accept a budget that did not include provisions for additional tax cuts for the middle class, or that did not launch a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. Obama demurred. Obama called for he called for "a serious energy policy that frees ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy".