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.
Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardshipi
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
May 28, 2015 6:48 PM
Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

VOA Blogs