From what I caught of the speech, it was pretty good…
This afternoon, President Obama gave a speech on the middle class and the economy from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He outlined six cornerstones of bolstering the middle class — and insisted Congress wouldn’t stand in his way. You can read the whole speech here.
As expected, the speech focused on the middle class. The president noted the traditional role it has played in economic growth and how economic growth during the past decade has primarily benefited the most wealthy Americans. In order to reverse that, the cornerstones: job growth in expanding industries, affordable education, home ownership, secure retirement, healthcare reform, and community — in that order.
In the words of the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein, it was “a lot of hype for very little policy.” Most of the cornerstones weren’t accompanied with policy proposals. Perhaps because of the other focus of the speech: how Obama could get anything done without going through a hostile Congress. He called Republicans out for failing to offer ideas. He called them out for their Obamacare repeal votes. He called them out for failing to advance immigration reform. The president didn’t deviate much from his script, but when he did it was usually to bash his opponents.
At the end of the speech, Obama declared that improving the middle class was his top priority for “every minute of the 1,276 days remaining in my term.” And then he bashed Congress again.
Continue here to read the “Live Updates” as they happened..
- Obama’s middle class message to revive Maytag memories (wqad.com)
- Obama returns to Knox College in downstate Galesburg Wednesday for economic speech (voices.suntimes.com)
- Watch Live: Obama Makes His Pitch for the Middle Class (theatlanticwire.com)
- Rebuilding Middle-Class Security (propresobama.org)
- In Galesburg, President Obama focuses on middle class (qctimes.com)
- Hundreds line up for Obama opportunity in Galesburg (wqad.com)