US President Barack Obama departs the House Chamber after addressing a Joint Session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on February 24, 2009. Obama vowed to lead a fearful America through its torment to emerge stronger than ever, declaring a “day of reckoning” after an age of excess ended in economic meltdown. Photo credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images
This was one of the best speeches I have ever heard. I was truly touched when he acknowledged the individuals who gave up their wealth to help others and the young lady who wrote a letter to Congress asking for her school to be helped because it was deemed “hopeless.” Though commentators tried to tear his speech apart below I have quoted the best part of his speech. Friends and family that I spoke to last night were moved to tears and belief that the right person was chosen to get us out of this turmoil. People please do not put our President up on a pedestal that cannot fall, he is making change and change does not happen overnight the changes he is making come after years of destruction he has a lot of work to do. On a sidebar I believe that was the most exercise Congress has ever had with all the standing ovations.
But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.
The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.