O Presidente dos Estados Unidos lançou em Moscovo um desafio ao Governo russo: a construção de uma "verdadeira parceria global" para que ambos ultrapassem desconfianças geradas pelo passado. Apelos à união e à responsabilidade de todas as nações marcaram o discurso de Barack Obama neste segundo dia de visita à Rússia.
Depois do Cairo, Barack Obama passou em visita oficial pela Alemanha, com a promessa de novos esforços para conseguir a paz no Médio Oriente. O Presidente dos Estados Unidos deslocou-se a Dresden ao campo de concentração de Buchenwald, em duas visitas carregadas de simbolismo.
O Presidente dos Estados Unidos apelou a uma nova aliança entre cristãos e muçulmanos. Num discurso muito esperado, feito na Universidade do Cairo, Barack Obama disse que a America e o Islão devem acabar com as suspeições e aliar-se para combater o extremismo.
O Presidente da República recebeu esta semana uma mensagem do Presidente dos Estados Unidos, em que Barack Obama reconhece a importância do relacionamento com Portugal e manifesta o desejo de trabalhar com Cavaco Silva para
"edificar um mundo mais seguro".
"Estou confiante em que poderemos trabalhar em conjunto, nos próximos quatro anos, num espírito de paz e amizade, com vista a edificar um mundo mais seguro. É meu desejo trabalhar com Vossa Excelência nesse esforço e na promoção das boas relações entre os nossos países", lê-se na missiva a que a Lusa teve hoje acesso.
Na mensagem, Barack Obama agradece também as felicitações enviadas por Cavaco Silva a 05 de Novembro, quando o novo Presidente dos Estados Unidos foi eleito, manifestando-se muito sensibilizado com a missiva que apreciou "particularmente".
Na carta agora enviada ao chefe de Estado português, Barack Obama reconhece ainda existir "um quadro de desafios", que poderão ser melhor enfrentados em conjunto.
Por outro lado, salienta ainda o Presidente dos Estados Unidos, também existem "excelentes oportunidades que, se abordadas com eficácia, poderão contribuir para promover os objectivos da nossa aliança".
"Ao darmos início à nossa colaboração, estou absolutamente convicto da importância fundamental do nosso relacionamento", acrescenta ainda Barack Obama.
Na mensagem enviada por ocasião da eleição de Barack Obama como Presidente dos Estados Unidos, Cavaco Silva tinha também manifestado a convicção de que os "laços de amizade" que unem Portugal e os Estados Unidos e a "estreita cooperação" que caracteriza a relação bilateral entre os dois países nos mais diversos domínios "encontrarão novas oportunidades para se reforçarem e expandirem".
Na missiva que enviou no início do Novembro, o Presidente da República tinha igualmente sublinhado o "papel da significativa comunidade de portugueses e luso-descendentes residentes nos Estados Unidos da América", considerando tratar-se de um importante elo de ligação entre os dois países.
"Estou certo de que a acção de Vossa Excelência constituirá um contributo determinante para a necessária coordenação de esforços a nível internacional a que obrigam os desafios com que o mundo se confronta. Só assim seremos capazes de ultrapassar os problemas que se nos colocam e de tirar partido das oportunidades que se nos oferecem", lia-se ainda na mensagem enviada por Cavaco Silva ao Presidente dos Estados Unidos.
Desde que tomou posse como Presidente da República, em Março de 2006, Cavaco Silva esteve nos Estados Unidos duas vezes: em Setembro de 2008, em Nova Iorque, por ocasião da Abertura da Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas, e em Junho de 2007, quando abriu em Washington a exposição "Abraçando o Globo: Portugal e o Mundo nos Séculos XVI e XVII".
Nesta altura, em 2007, o chefe de Estado deslocou-se a Boston, Massachusetts, onde se encontrou com o Governador Deval Patrick, reuniu-se com a secção dos EUA do Conselho das Comunidades Portuguesas e visitou as comunidades lusas em Hudson, Fall River e New Bedford (todas no estado de Massachusetts) e, ainda, em Newark, no estado de Nova Iorque.
Enquanto primeiro-ministro, Cavaco Silva esteve na Casa Branca, no âmbito de visitas oficiais aos EUA, a convite de três Presidentes norte-americanos: Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush e Bill Clinton.
O encontro com Bill Clinton aconteceu pouco tempo antes de os representantes da comunidade luso-americana terem, pela primeira vez, sido recebidos na Casa Branca por um Presidente norte-americano.
Por mais que custe aos cépticos e aos profetas da desgraça, a verdade é que começou mesmo uma nova era nos Estados Unidos com a entrada de Barack Obama para a Casa Branca. O país da liberdade e dos direitos humanos já merecia um presidente assim.
Barack Obama não é um génio nem um homem providencial. Mas viu-se ao longo dos últimos meses que se trata de uma personalidade invulgar, de rara inteligência, um homem de grande cultura que fala claro, que se exprime com enorme frontalidade, que não se presta a jogos florentinos, que fala a verdade e só a verdade, que respeita o seu semelhante na América e em todo o Mundo, uma pessoa de princípios com um elevado sentido de humildade.
Obama leva para a Presidência dos Estados Unidos o pragmatismo nascido na América mas também o sonho de África, que sempre emerge quando os olhos se estendem pelas imensas e únicas savanas. Obama é, obviamente, um dirigente orgulhoso da sua América mas é um cidadão do Mundo. Não confunde o Quénia ou a Zâmbia com qualquer país asiático, como fazia Bush, um inculto que levou até ao fim dois mandatos e deixa uma herança de pesadelo ao sucessor. A América vai regenerar-se, e isso é um bem para o Mundo. A América vai continuar a ser a pátria das liberdades, o país das diversidades, o terreno da criatividade e da livre iniciativa.
No seu discurso de posse, Obama falava da nação de cristãos e muçulmanos, de judeus e hindus, e também de uma nação dos não crentes; Obama convidava os americanos a erguerem-se para reconstruir a América, e interpelava: "Como pode prosperar uma nação que só favorece os prósperos?" Obama rejeitou a excessiva influência dos ‘lobbyes’ e proclamou o princípio da transparência da Administração, contra todas as arbitrariedades.
Obama não desiludiu, como dizem certos ‘opinion-makers’. Foi igual a si próprio e, no primeiro dia de acção da Casa Branca, mostrou que a política tem de ser exercida com verdade, com seriedade, com persistência e com sentido da palavra de honra. Acabou o recurso à tortura nos interrogatórios dos prisioneiros ‘de guerra’, que têm de ser tratados de acordo com as regras de Genebra. Fechou o centro de detenção militar de Guantanamo e todas as prisões da CIA no estrangeiro. Inverteu-se o ciclo imbecil da era Bush.
A luta contra o terrorismo e a violência vai continuar mas, disse Obama, "queremos ganhá-la nos nossos próprios termos". Obama recusou a herança imperialista e arrogante da América – e o Mundo aplaude a coragem e sente que, afinal, tudo pode mudar em todas as latitudes.
Iniciou hoje dia 21 de Janeiro de 2009, o percurso à frente da Casa Branca, transmitindo directrizes claras aos seus principais colaboradores no sentido do uso de transparência e ética no desempenho do serviço público... o congelamento dos seus salários, neste momento em que os norte-americanos têm que "apertar os cintos"...
Donde saiu este homem? Não peço que me digam onde nasceu, quem foram os seus pais, que estudos fez, que projecto de vida desenhou para si e para a sua família. Tudo isso mais ou menos o sabemos, tenho aí a sua autobiografia, livro sério e sincero, além de inteligentemente escrito. Quando pergunto donde saiu Barack Obama estou a manifestar a minha perplexidade por este tempo que vivemos, cínico, desesperançado, sombrio, terrível em mil dos seus aspectos, ter gerado uma pessoa (é um homem, podia ser uma mulher) que levanta a voz para falar de valores, de responsabilidade pessoal e colectiva, de respeito pelo trabalho, também pela memória daqueles que nos antecederam na vida. Estes conceitos que alguma vez foram o cimento da melhor convivência humana sofreram por muito tempo o desprezo dos poderosos, esses mesmos que, a partir de hoje (tenham-no por certo), vão vestir à pressa o novo figurino e clamar em todos os tons: “Eu também, eu também.” Barack Obama, no seu discurso, deu-nos razões (as razões) para que não nos deixemos enganar. O mundo pode ser melhor do que isto a que parecemos ter sido condenados. No fundo, o que Obama nos veio dizer é que outro mundo é possível. Muitos de nós já o vinhamos dizendo há muito. Talvez a ocasião seja boa para que tentemos pôr-nos de acordo sobre o modo e a maneira. Para começar.
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace.
Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans. That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood.
Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.
Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights. Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real.
They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.
The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.
The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans.
Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage. What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill.
Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good. As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.
Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations.
We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you. For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.
We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood.
At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
'Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].'
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.'
O presidente eleito dos EUA escolheu Pete Souza, neto de emigrantes açorianos, como repórter fotográfico oficial da Casa Branca. Não é a primeira vez que o luso--descendente vai trabalhar com um presidente. No seu prestigiado currículo consta o seu trabalho como fotojornalista oficial de Ronald Reagan .
O luso-descendente trabalhou em vários jornais e esteve entre os jornalistas que fizeram a cobertura dos ataques de 11 de Setembro.
Pete Souza nasceu em South Dartmouth há 54 anos. Formou-se em Comunicação Social na Universidade de Boston e obteve o mestrado na Univ. do Kansas. Recebeu inúmeros prémios. Era professor assistente na Universidade de Ohio.
A Bíblia Sagrada de Lincoln é um dos maiores tesouros da Biblioteca do Congresso dos EUA. Barack Obama vai ser o primeiro Presidente a usá-la na tomada de posse.
No centro da capa, o exemplar tem uma
chapa banhada a ouro a dizer «Bíblia Sagrada»
Barack Obama vai fazer o juramento de tomada de posse dos Estados-Unidos com a mão sobre a mesma bíblia que Abraham Lincoln usou na sua cerimónia, em 1861. Mais de 130 anos depois de Lincoln ter abolido a escravidão no país, sobe ao poder o primeiro Presidente negro.
Encadernada em veludo púrpura e com as laterais reforçadas em metal banhado a ouro, este exemplar da bíblia é um dos maiores tesouros da Biblioteca do Congresso dos EUA.
Obama declarou-se "muito honrado" quando recebeu autorização para usar esta peça, que tem 15 centímetros de largura e 4,5 de altura. No meio da capa existe ainda uma placa metálica, também banhada a ouro, onde foi gravada a inscrição: "Bíblia Sagrada".
Obama, que será o 44º representante máximo do país, é o primeiro Presidente a usar esta Bíblia desde a tomada de posse de Lincoln, a 4 de Março de 1861.
President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Here is the text:
"Thank you so much. Let me begin by thanking George Mason University for their extraordinary hospitality and to thank all the great friends, the governors, the mayors who are in attendance here today. Throughout America's history, there have been some years that simply rolled into the next without much notice or fanfare. And then there are the years that come along once in a generation, the kind that mark a clean break from a troubled past and set a new course for our nation. This is one of those years.
"We start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime, a crisis that has only deepened over the last few weeks.
"Nearly 2 million jobs have been now lost. And on Friday, we're likely to learn that we lost more jobs last year than at any time since World War II. Just in the past year, another 2.8 million Americans who want and need full-time work have had to settle for part-time jobs.
"Manufacturing has hit a 28-year low. Many businesses cannot borrow or make payroll. Many families cannot pay their bills or their mortgage. Many workers are watching their life savings disappear. And many, many Americans are both anxious and uncertain of what the future will hold.
"Now, I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we don't take dramatic action as soon as possible. If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years.
"The unemployment rate could reach double digits. Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four.
"We could lose a generation of potential and promise as more young Americans are forced to forego dreams of college or the chance to train for the jobs of the future. And our nation could lose the competitive edge that has served as a foundation for our strength and our standing in the world.
In short, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.
"This crisis did not happen solely by some accident of history or normal turn of the business cycle. And we won't get out of it by simply waiting for a better day to come or relying on the worn-out dogmas of the past.
"We arrived at this point due to an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate board rooms to the halls of power in Washington, D.C.
"For years, too many Wall Street executives made imprudent and dangerous decisions, seeking profits with too little regard for risk, too little regulatory scrutiny, and too little accountability. Banks made loans without concern for whether borrowers could repay them, and some borrowers took advantage of cheap credit to take on debt they couldn't afford.
"Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline and too often focused on scoring political points instead of problems they were sent here to solve.
"The result has been a devastating loss of trust and confidence in our economy, our financial markets, and our government.
"Now, the very fact that this crisis is largely of our own making means that it's not beyond our ability to solve. Our problems are rooted in past mistakes, not our capacity for future greatness.
It will take time -- perhaps many years -- but we can rebuild that lost trust and confidence. We can restore opportunity and prosperity.
"We should never forget that our workers are still more productive than any on Earth. Our universities are still the envy of the world. We are still home to the most brilliant minds, the most creative entrepreneurs, and the most advanced technology and innovation that history has ever known. And we are still the nation that has overcome great fears and improbable odds.
"If we act with the urgency and seriousness that this moment requires, I know that we can do it again.
That is why I have moved quickly to work with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will immediately jump-start job creation and long-term growth. It's a plan that represents not just new policy, but a whole new approach to meeting our most urgent challenges.
"For if we hope to end this crisis, we must end the culture of 'anything goes' that helped create it, and this change must begin in Washington.
"It's time to trade old habits for a new spirit of responsibility. It's time to finally change the ways of Washington so that we can set a new and better course for America.
"There is no doubt that the cost of this plan will be considerable. It will certainly add to the budget deficit in the short term.
"But equally certain are the consequences of doing too little or nothing at all, for that will lead to an even greater deficit of jobs, incomes, and confidence in our economy.
"It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth. But at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe. Only government can break the cycle that are crippling our economy, where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs, which leads to even less spending, where an inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less credit.
"That's why we need to act boldly and act now to reverse these cycles. That's why we need to put money in the pockets of the American people, create new jobs, and invest in our future. That's why we need to restart the flow of credit and restore the rules of the road that will ensure a crisis like this never happens again.
"This plan begins with -- this plan must begin today, a plan I'm confident will save or create at least 3 million jobs over the next few years.
"It's not just another public works program. It's a plan that recognizes both the paradox and promise of this moment: the fact that there are millions of Americans trying to find work, even as all around the country there's so much work to be done.
"And that's why we'll invest in priorities like energy and education, healthcare and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century.
That's why the overwhelming majority of the jobs created will be in the private sector, while our plan will save the public sector jobs of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others who provide vital services.
"To finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years. We will modernize more than 75 percent of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of 2 million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills. In the process, we will put Americans to work in new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced, jobs building solar panels and wind turbines, constructing fuel-efficient cars and buildings, and developing the new energy technologies that will lead to even more jobs, more savings, and a cleaner, safer planet in the bargain.
"To improve the quality of our healthcare while lowering its cost, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that, within five years, all of America's medical records are computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests.
"But it just won't save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs; it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our health care system.
"To give our children the chance to live out their dreams in a world that's never been more competitive, we will equip tens of thousands of schools, community colleges, and public universities with 21st-century classrooms, labs, and libraries. We'll provide new computers, new technology, and new training for teachers so that students in Chicago and Boston can compete with children in Beijing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.
"To build an economy that can lead this future, we will begin to rebuild America. Yes, we'll put people to work repairing crumbling roads, bridges and schools, by eliminating the backlog of well- planned, worthy, and needed infrastructure projects, but we'll also do more to retrofit America for a global economy.
"That means updating the way we get our electricity, by starting to build a new smart grid that will save us money, protect our power sources from blackout or attack, and deliver clean, alternative forms of energy to every corner of our nation.
"It means expanding broadband lines across America so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
"It means investing in the science, research, and technology that will lead to new medical breakthroughs, new discoveries, and entire new industries.
"And, finally, this Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will provide immediate relief to states, workers, and families who are bearing the brunt of this recession. To get people spending again, 95 percent of working families will receive a $1,000 tax cut, the first stage of a middle-class tax cut that I promised during the campaign and will include in our next budget.
"To help Americans who have lost their jobs and can't find new ones, we'll continue the bipartisan extension of unemployment insurance and health care coverage to help them through this crisis.
Government at every level will have to tighten its belt, but we'll help struggling states avoid harmful budget cuts, as long as they take responsibility and use the money to maintain essential services, like police, fire, education, and health care.
"Now, I understand that some might be skeptical of this plan. Our government has already spent a good deal of money, but we haven't yet seen that translate into more jobs, or higher incomes, or renewed confidence in our economy.
"And that's why the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan won't just throw money at our problems. We'll invest in what works.
"The true test of policies we'll pursue won't be whether they're Democratic or Republican ideas, whether they're conservative or liberal ideas, but whether they create jobs, grow our economy, and put the American dream within the reach of the American people.
"Instead of politicians doling out money behind a veil of secrecy, decisions about where we invest will be made transparently and informed by independent experts wherever possible.
"Every American will be able to hold Washington accountable for these decisions by going online to see how and where their taxpayer dollars are spent.
"And as I announced yesterday, we will launch an unprecedented effort to eliminate unwise and unnecessary spending that has never been more unaffordable for our nation and our children's future than it is right now.
We have to make tough choices and smart investments today so that, as the economy recovers, the deficits start coming down. We cannot have a solid recovery if our people and our businesses don't have confidence that we're getting our fiscal house in order.
"And that's why our goal is not to create a slew of new government programs, but a foundation for long-term economic growth.
"That also means an economic recovery plan that is free from earmarks and pet projects. I understand that every member of Congress has ideas about how to spend money. Many of these projects are worthy; they benefit local communities.
"But this emergency legislation must not be the vehicle for those aspirations. This must be a time when leaders in both parties put the urgent needs of our nation above our own narrow interests.
"Now, this recovery plan alone will not solve all the problems that led us into this crisis. We must also work with the same sense of urgency to stabilize and repair the financial system we all depend on.
"That means using our full arsenal of tools to get credit flowing again to families and businesses, while restoring confidence in our markets. It means launching a sweeping effort to address the foreclosure crisis so that we can keep responsible families in their homes.
"It means preventing the catastrophic failure of financial institutions whose collapse could endanger the entire economy, but only with maximum protections for taxpayers and a clear understanding that government support for any company is an extraordinary action that must come with significant restrictions on the firms that receive support.
"And it means reforming a weak and outdated regulatory system so that we can better withstand financial shocks and better protect consumers, investors, and businesses from the reckless greed and risk- taking that must never endanger our prosperity again.
"No longer can we allow Wall Street wrongdoers to slip through regulatory cracks. No longer can we allow special interests to put their thumbs on the economic scales. No longer can we allow the unscrupulous lending and borrowing that leads only to disruptive cycles of bubble and bust.
"It is time to set a new course for this economy, and that change must begin now.
"We should have an open and honest discussion about this recovery plan in the days ahead, but I urge Congress to move as quickly as possible on behalf of the American people, for every day we wait or point fingers or drag our feet, more Americans will lose their jobs, more families will lose their savings, more dreams will be deferred and denied, and our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that at some point we may not be able to reverse.
"That is not the country I know. It is not a future I accept as president of the United States. A world that depends on the strength of our economy is now watching and waiting for America to lead once more, and that is what we will do.
"It will not come easy or happen overnight. And it is altogether likely that things may get worse before they get better.
"But that is all the more reason for Congress to act without delay.
"I know the scale of this plan is unprecedented, but so is the severity of our situation. We have already tried the wait-and-see approach to our problems, and it is the same approach that helped lead us to this day of reckoning.
"And that is why the time has come to build a 21st-century economy in which hard work and responsibility are once again rewarded. That's why I'm asking Congress to work with me and my team day and night -- on weekends, if necessary -- to get the plan passed in the next few weeks.
"That's why I'm calling on all Americans, Democrats and Republicans and independents, to put -- to put good ideas ahead of the old ideological battles, a sense of common purpose above the same narrow partisanship, and insist that the first question each of us asks isn't 'What's good for me?' but 'What's good for the country my children will inherit?'
"More than any program or policy, it is this spirit that will enable us to confront these challenges with the same spirit that has led previous generations to face down war and depression and fear itself.
"And if we do, if we are able to summon that spirit again, if we are able to look out for one another and listen to one another, and do our part for our nation and for posterity, then I have no doubt that, years from now, we will look back on 2009 as one of those years that marked another new and hopeful beginning for the United States of America.
"Thank you. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America."
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