President Obama addressed Congress last night to drive home the message that his stimulus package, while huge, is the reponse needed to address the huge crises before us.
The speech focused on the individual people to be helped by the plan, and held up certain small-town heroes that embody the spirit of this plan. Which is to say that Obama has his own “Joe the Plumber” – i.e. Leonard the Banker, who gave away his $60 million bonus to his staff.
The night was full of frequent and thunderous applause, with Joe Biden being the recipient of a particularly enthusiastic bout when Obama listed him as The Plan Enforcer with the bold statement that “Nobody messes with Joe.”
The stimulus plan in general was portrayed as a necessary course correction that will help steer America toward a brighter and more prosperous future. Overall, Obama’s address focused heavily on the ambitious, long-term goals of the nation that hearkened back to the Inaugural message: America is ready to lead once more.
The other main points in the speech can be summed up with the following T-shirts: