Obama, Republicans Note Economy On Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama and Republicans took note of tough economic times in their weekly radio and Internet messages delivered early for Thanksgiving.

Obama urged Americans to believe in the nation's ability to overcome its challenges.

He says citizens can still "give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny."

The president says the nation's problems can be solved, despite the current partisanship and gridlock.

For the GOP, Florida Rep. Sandy Adams urged Americans to take time this Thanksgiving to pray for those less fortunate, including the millions of unemployed Americans.

Adams says Americans have inherited a legacy that includes an economy that promotes opportunity and entrepreneurship. She says there is a duty to find the common ground needed to empower small businesses and remove barriers that make it harder to create jobs.

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  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Im with Obama
  • by Bob C. on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    Thank God we have this president, and not just another murderous, anti-American republican in the white house. Bush killed more than 4,000 young Americans in Iraq for no reason at all; gave tax breaks to businesses that immediately exported American jobs, triggering an economic depression. We will struggle for years to resurrect this country from the crimes committed by Bush.
  • by 40some on Nov 24, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    "Let them eat cake!"
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    President Obama has done done more to encourage division than any other American president in my lifetime of seven decades. We need new leadership in Washington whether it be Democrat or Republican.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to Greg
      How about a new party. We can call it the "Party of Common Sense".
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      by Pam on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:55 PM in reply to Greg
      I'm not sure what is worse.. Doing the things Bush did or saying you wont do those things and then doing them anyways.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2011 at 02:36 AM in reply to Greg
      Yet, Republicans who have done NOTHING to assist the recovery benefit from destroying the economy during Bush's reign of error and doing NOTHING but saying NO. Republicans drove the economy into the ditch and handed Barack Obama the keys. They then banded together and said, Here you go, and, don't expect any help from us. For this, Republicans are about to be rewarded? Wake up people! Vote Republicans out of office in November.
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        by Greg on Nov 25, 2011 at 05:12 PM in reply to
        Barack Obama took a poor situation and turned it into a disaster. We need new leadership in Washington.
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        by obamanot on Nov 25, 2011 at 05:33 PM in reply to
        Dang lavon, bralow,databouyeee,you cant post your name?You keep forgetting that your fellow demoncraps held both seats the last two years Bush was prez and they agreed to almost everything he done.Then held another two years while amabo turned prez and got everything pinnochiobama wanted passed.Them first two years dumpofcraps took over(Bush years) was when everything started falling apart.You know nothing of the past present or future do you lavon/bralow/databouyeee and a few other obsoletes?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    "For the GOP, Florida Rep. Sandy Adams urged Americans to take time this Thanksgiving to pray for those less fortunate, including the millions of unemployed Americans". Yeah, and if a Repug prays for you, you better take it because that is ALL they are going to do for you. They vote against jobs bills and they vote against extending unemployment benefits. So if you don't have a job, take your prayer money and pay your rent, buy food, clothe the kids. Need gas for your car? Get a Repug to pray for you.
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      by obamanot on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to Barlow
      bralow obama spent almost 800 billion his first two years with nothing to show for but higher unemployment and higher everything else and you want to talk trash about republicans stopping 60 billion being spent.If 800 billion of obama dollars done nothing,what do you think 60 billion obama dollars are going to do?Just put us deeper in the pinnochiobama crater hole.
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        by Just Facts on Nov 24, 2011 at 03:52 PM in reply to obamanot
        If your statement is true, what did they do with the money? GOP presidential contender Gov. Rick Perry (TX) continues to get a free pass from the press for his stimulus hypocrisy on the campaign trail. Last week the governor claimed that the Recovery Act signed by President Obama had “failed” — conveniently forgetting that he accepted more stimulus money than any other state besides California, and used the funds to close 97 percent of Texas’ massive budget deficit. The Houston Chronicle reported that as of July 2010, federal stimulus funds created or saved 47,700 jobs in the Lone Star State. Yet during a question-and-answer session in Pembroke, New Hampshire, Perry once again feigned ignorance of the indispensable benefits his state received from stimulus money. In fact, he claimed that the stimulus “didn’t create any jobs, as far as I can tell”.
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          by Multiple Choice/obamanot on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to Just Facts
          created or saved?Wow,47,000 questionable jobs?What kind of liberal psychobabble talk is that?So how is the state califoricate doing?Which one is it.A,B,C,or D.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to Just Facts
          Good question, what did they do with the money?
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        by Party of Creeps on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:34 PM in reply to obamanot
        CBO: Economic Stimulus Increased Employment By Over 1 Million Jobs. An August 2011 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "Lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.5 percentage points and 1.6 percentage points" and that the recovery bill "Increased the number of people employed by between 1.0 million and 2.9 million" during the second quarter. [Congressional Budget Office, August 2011] CBO: Economic Stimulus Raised GDP. The same CBO report estimated that the recovery act "raised real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) by between 0.8 percent and 2.5 percent." [Congressional Budget Office, August 2011] Private Analysts Estimate Stimulus Increased GDP By 1.8 To 2.7 Percent. In its seventh quarterly report on ARRA, the president's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimated that the stimulus "has raised the level of GDP as of the first quarter of 2011, relative to what it otherwise would have been, by between 2.3 and 3.2 percent." CEA also provided a chart showing that private analysts estimate that the stimulus boosted GDP between 1.8 and 2.7 percent.
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          by obamanot on Nov 25, 2011 at 04:17 PM in reply to Party of Creeps
          All that psychobabble you just keyed in and your messiah said pass this bill and the unemployment rate would not go past 8%.Once again you rely on such libterdial spin to delete the facts at hand!Your annointed one is the worlds worst so called community organizer(aka)leader of the so called free world!Put them libterdial #'s aside and see things the way they are not the way you wish them to be!
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          by To obamanothead@7:17 on Nov 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM in reply to Party of Creeps
          Not babble....but FACTS, something you don't know the meaning of!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 09:04 AM in reply to Barlow
      I take exception to your close mindedness. You are clearly a die hard democrat who cannot admit that there are good and bad ideas on both parts. If you actually educated yourself on the jobs bill you would know that it really would not do much to create jobs. As far as unemployment benefits go -- those benefits are only meant to last a short period of time. If you are unable to find a job when your benefits run out and you need to apply for welfare and food stamps then so be it. And if you feel like praying then pray that Obama lifts some of the regulations that he has imposed are companies that are making it unfeasible to hire workers.
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        by clint on Nov 24, 2011 at 02:45 PM in reply to
        Pretty good post. Next Thanksgiving we will all have something to be thankful for. "Obama One and Done" Count on it!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
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      by 40some on Nov 24, 2011 at 02:59 PM in reply to Barlow
      What was the figure of cost per job that the stimulus package spent per job created? Was it like 350000 per job? He would have been better off to cut a check out of that money to every American citizen. Even the ones too sorry to work. After all we're the ones that'll pay it back.
  • by obamanot on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Pinnochiobama needs to read the last few words in this report.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    Another sad Thanksgiving under Obama's great change. I bet obama is sittin fat and pretty with the biggest and best Thanksgiving money can buy while jobless and homeless people have nothing.
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      by Poor on Nov 24, 2011 at 06:00 AM in reply to
      Along with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress with their corporate and Wall Street buddies and lobbyists.
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        by Lubba on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM in reply to Poor
        Very True and well said.........VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!!!

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