Fresh from his first overseas trip as U.S. president, Barack Obama is
calling on nations to work together to solve the challenges facing the
world. The president's weekly address marks the Jewish holiday of
Passover and Christians' celebration of Easter with a call to set aside
differences and find strength on common ground.
says the Passover and Easter holidays are moments for people to reflect
on the obligations they have to one another, no matter what their
Mr. Obama said coming together is the only way
to solve the economic crisis and defeat global threats like al-Qaida
and the spread of nuclear weapons.
"These are challenges that no
single nation, no matter how powerful, can confront alone. The United
States must lead the way. But our best chance to solve these
unprecedented problems comes from acting in concert with other
nations," he said.
President Obama said that idea guided his trip overseas last week.
the NATO summit he attended on the French-German border, Mr. Obama said
allies contributed important resources to support the new U.S. strategy
for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In the Czech Republic, the
president said he laid out a strategy to work with Russia and other
nations to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
And at the G20 summit in London, he said nations came together successfully to confront the world's economic woes.
met with leaders of the G20 nations to ensure that the world's largest
economies take strong and unified action in the face of the global
economic crisis. Together, we have taken steps to stimulate growth,
restore the flow of credit, open markets, and dramatically reform our
financial regulatory system to prevent such crises from occurring again
- steps that will lead to job creation at home," he said.
But U.S. Republicans are not so sure about the president's plans for the economy at home.
this week's Republican address, the governor of the state of Minnesota,
Tim Pawlenty, said the federal budget President Obama proposed for the
2010 year does not provide the tax relief he promised.
budget creates mountains of new debt that will ultimately will require
higher taxes on all of us and our children," he said. "I think that is
wrong. Families are hurting now and small businesses cannot create new
jobs soon enough. Isn't it time we stopped working for the government
and the government started working for us?"
Congress pushed a modified version of the president's spending plan
through the House and Senate last week, despite strong Republican