Bringing innovation to tradition, President Obama's weekend wireside chat and prime time fireside chat will combine to help pass his American recovery package.
Obama knows that the drama does not exist in the sensationalist media reports about the legislative sausage-making but in the deep anger and anxiety coarsing through the body politic as people struggle to pay rents, mortgages, utilities, healthcare, and tuition bills. Addressing our hunger for change is Obama's strength, but talk won't win this -- pragmatism will: people are hurting, and view Obama's American recovery package as the best way forward. While there will be negotiations to add more jobs in a House-Senate conference, Obama will sign a bill by President's Day -- less than a month into his presidency. Good thing too, because we cannot wait even 100 days to save American jobs.
And yes, by jobs I include government jobs from beat cops to construction contractors and private sector jobs from catering to Internet services. Everyone who works an honest day has a stake in this economy and should not be belittled by elites who contend that their jobs are unworthy of respect or investment.
Obama's wireside chat does not exist in a vacuum -- it has been heard by tens of thousands of Americans in over 3,587 house meetings in 1,579 cities and 429 Congressional districts over the weekend. But even that impressive showing is not enough.
Let's keep Obama's viral message going -- share with your friends http://my.barackobama.com/page/invite/recoveryvid and call your Senators at 202-224-3121.