Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama Speaks at GWU

President Obama addresses the George Washington University
on the budget and the deficit.

This afternoon, I had the incredible opportunity to go see President Obama give a speech in the Jack Morton auditorium here at the George Washington University.

His speech, titled "Winning the Future," focused on the budget and deficit.  Vice President Joe Biden, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Rep. Paul Ryan, and other prominent officials in the budget battle were in attendance.

Obama blasted the GOP budget plan, shaped heavily by Ryan, as painting a "pessimistic" picture of America, a picture that "the greatest country in the world cannot afford" clean energy, care for the elderly, road repair, and education reform.

In particular, Obama condemned Ryan's plan to replace our current Medicare system - which he agreed needs reform - with a voucher program that, according to Obama, would result in the elderly paying $6,000+ more on their healthcare.

Obama outlined his own budget proposals, which included a $4 trillion reduction in the deficit over 15 years, cuts in all areas of government including defense and entitlement spending, and eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy.  "I don't need another tax cut," he said, "Warren Buffett doesn't need another tax cut."  Obama said he would not sign another bill that extended tax cuts for the wealthy.

Here are some pictures from Obama's speech at GWU:

Rep. Paul Ryan arrives at GWU for President Obama's speech
on the budget.


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Vice President Joe Biden
were in attendence for Obama's budget address.


President Obama addresses the George Washington
University on the budget and the deficit.

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