President Obama's First Joint Session of Congress

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In the past month, President Obama has been criticized for presenting too grim a picture of America's current challenges. In his first address to a joint session of Congress last night, Obama did predict hard times, but in contrast to recent speeches, he insisted that recovery is a certainty. He  explained why he wants to give banks more taxpayer money and outlined ambitious plans for healthcare, alternative energy and education. Did the President strike the right note of optimism in perilous times? What did Governor Bobby Jindal say on behalf of the Republicans?     

 

Credits

Guests:
Robert Schlesinger - Deputy Editor at US News and World Report, Matthew Continetti - Washington Free Beacon, Katrina vanden Heuvel - The Nation - @KatrinaNation, Diane Lim Rogers - Chief Economist, Concord Coalition

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Andrea Brody