News

Obama Pledges 'Not to Rest' Until Economy is Stronger

US President Barack Obama has delivered a Thanksgiving Day greeting to Americans, pledging not to rest until the economy is rebuilt stronger than before

Kent Klein

U.S. President Barack Obama and a top Republican lawmaker acknowledged the nation's economic struggles as part of their Thanksgiving holiday messages on Thursday.  Both are also paying tribute to U.S. service members who are spending the holiday away from home.

President Obama, along with Representative Mike Pence, expressed his gratitude to U.S. military men and women who are apart from their families on Thanksgiving Day.

"We keep in our thoughts and prayers the many families marking this Thanksgiving with an empty seat-saved for a son or daughter, or husband or wife, stationed in harm's way," he said.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president also said he is concerned about the many Americans who are struggling in a slumping economy in which the nation's unemployment rate has topped 10 percent.

"Many have lost jobs in this recession - the worst in generations.  Many more are struggling to afford health care premiums and house payments, let alone to save for an education or retirement," said Mr. Obama. "Too many are wondering if the dream of a middle class life, that American dream, is slipping away."

/Mr. Obama says his administration has cut taxes for nearly all working Americans and for small businesses, and extended unemployment benefits and health care coverage for millions of people out of work.  He is scheduled to meet next week with business owners, labor leaders and nonprofit executives to discuss ways to create more jobs.

But in the weekly Republican message, Representative Pence, from the central state of Indiana, said the president's initiatives are making things worse.

"The Obama administration and the Democratic majority in Congress have taken our economy from bad to worse, with their failed economic agenda and big government plans," said Pence.  "And as if all this were not enough, Democrats in Washington continue to push for government-run [health] insurance."

Pence said the president's $787 billion economic stimulus plan costs too much, and is not creating jobs.

"In the city and on the farm, as millions of American families struggle to balance their checkbooks in this holiday season, they watch in astonishment as Washington spends billions of dollars it does not have," added Pence.

Mr. Obama, however, said his economic recovery efforts are working.  And while he said more work needs to be done, he believes the picture will be much brighter next Thanksgiving.

"And it is my fervent hope and my heartfelt expectation that next Thanksgiving, we will be able to celebrate the fact that many of those who have lost their jobs are back at work, and that as a nation we will have come through these difficult storms stronger and wiser and grateful to have reached a brighter day," said Mr. Obama.

President Obama called 10 U.S. service members on Thursday to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and to thank them for their service.  The service members are deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arabian Gulf.  

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prisoni
X
Heather Murdock
July 01, 2015 8:59 PM
As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Nubians in Kenya Face Land Challenges

East Africa's ethnic Nubians have a rich cultural history that dates back thousands of years, but in Kenya they are facing hardships, including the loss of lands they have lived on for generations. They say the government has reneged on its pledge to award them title deeds for the plots. VOA's Lenny Ruvaga reports.
Video

Video Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

Russia has been showing off its new tank design – the Armata T-14. Designers claim it is 20 years ahead of current Western designs - and driving it feels like playing a computer game. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.

VOA Blogs