In his first weekly video address since his inauguration, President Obama discusses the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. Probably the most interesting piece came at the end when he stated that in the name of transparency, Americans will be able to track the progress of this plan at a web site dedicated to it, recovery.gov.
Interestingly, the President did not discuss some of the immediate steps he has taken within the past week, from freezing the pay of his senior White House staff, to new strict rules concerning lobbyists to the closing of Guantanamo Bay within the next year. In his typically conciliatory mode, he talked about the bipartisan support that the recovery plan is getting but Obama has an uphill climb on this. Republican House Minority Leader, John Boehner reacted to the plan with the words, “Oh … my …. God”. It looks like the recovery plan will be the first big test of Obama’s ability to build consensus.
And now, the President of the United States of America: