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Airbrushing Obama’s Remarks by LA Times, Chicago Tribune

The article found below is no longer available on either the LA Times website or the Chicago Tribune which is where you would go if you typed in “the economy may never recover” into a Google search. Only a cache remains. Hmm…I wonder what happened to it? Could it be similar to airbrushing that occurs on the Obama Wikipedia page as well as the White House websites? PDF copy of the story available upon request. Partial copy made of website in case Google scrapes the cache too.

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Obama: Economy may never recover without stimulus plan

By Peter Nicholas | Tribune Washington Bureau
6:29 PM EST, February 9, 2009

ELKHART, IN – Returning to campaign form, President Barack Obama on Monday left behind the fractious debate in Washington over his stimulus package, flying to this struggling middle-American city to deliver a message that the economy may never fully recover if the plan isn’t passed.

Obama also used the forum to make a veiled swipe at Republicans, suggesting the minority party is offering “the same failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place.”

With Congress still negotiating details of the $800 billion-plus plan, Obama urged speedy completion of the bill. He got a largely enthusiastic reception from the 2,500 people in attendance, though there was an undercurrent of unease in the gymnasium bleachers.

As Obama walked on stage, a lone voice in the crowd implored the president to create new jobs. In the past year, unemployment in the city – a center of RV manufacturing — has jumped from 4.7 percent to more than 15 percent.

In his opening remarks, the president cautioned that “if we don’t act immediately,” unemployment across the country will rise, and “our nation will sink into a crisis that, at some point, we may be unable to reverse.”

Obama’s trip marked the start of a road show that continues Tuesday with a visit to Fort Myers, Fla. – another region hit with high unemployment and home mortgage foreclosures.

The president will get a bit of bipartisan validation when he arrives in Fort Myers: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has agreed to introduce Obama, the White House announced Monday.

Behind the presidential trips is a White House calculation that the messy argument over components of the stimulus plan has proved to be a diversion, according to a presidential aide. By leaving Washington and speaking to Americans enduring the brunt of the economic downturn, Obama hopes to redirect attention to the need for the stimulus in the first place, the aide said.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, en route to Indiana, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: “This is not explaining to Indiana what’s going on in Washington. This is taking Washington to show them what’s going on in Indiana and all over the country – and why people are hurting.”

The president said he “made a mistake,” adding he doesn’t want to “send the signal that there are two sets of rules:” one for people who diligently pay taxes, another for those who don’t.”

The president ticked off ways the stimulus would help Indiana residents who have been laid off.

Obama mentioned an extra $100 per month in unemployment insurance, government subsidies to make temporary health insurance less costly and more job training.

“This is not just our moral responsibility – to lend a helping hand to our fellow Americans in times of emergency – it also makes good economic sense,” Obama said. “If you don’t have money, you can’t spend it.”

UPDATE: To clarify, I am saying that ever since Obama announced today that the economy is not doing that bad, it’s impossible to find any prior articles stating that “economy may never recover without stimulus plan” without looking through Google’s Cache. Of course, you can still find his prior speech stating “our nation will sink into a crisis” but those webpages don’t show up when you search for “economy may never recover” into a Google search. I used to be able to find these websites prior to his announcement.

03/13/2009 - Posted by | Obama - Spending Bills |

1 Comment »

  1. […] After Spending $1.5 Trillion in 50 Days, Obama says Economy is “Not That Bad” In a little over 50 days, Obama has spent: (1) $787 Billion on “stimulating the economy” when the bill reeks of pork-barrel spending (2) $275 Billion on paying for other people’s mortgages and home-equity loans(!!!) (3) $410 Billion omnibus bill that, again, has all the trappings of pork on the basis that the economy will never recover if these bills are not passed… […]

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