You can watch it live here.
Yay! He’s calling bullshit on the Republicans for manufacturing crises! Pointed out that shutdown was costly and damaging. Pointed out that deficits were already falling. “The only thing putting us at risk is repeated brinksmanship” — quote from credit analysts.
“To all my friends in Congress, the way we do business has to change.”
“We need to stop focusing on lobbyists, bloggers [WTF?!?!–ed.], activists on talk radio, and do what we were sent here to do…that’s why we’re here.”
Three things we should focus on:
1) Balanced approach to a responsible budget — “budget shouldn’t be an ideological exercise…deficit is getting smaller, not bigger now…need to close corporate tax loopholes and invest in education, research, infrastructure…”
2) Finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system — “broad coalition behind reform…Senate has a bill with strong bipartisan support…if the House has ideas on how to improve it, let’s hear them…”
3) Pass a farm bill — “One that farmers and ranchers can depend on…one that helps vulnerable children…Senate has passed bipartisan bill…if House has ideas to improve it, let’s see them…”
“I hope all of us have learned that smart, effective governance is important…Americans got an idea of what government does…we’ve heard ‘government is the problem,’ but we’ve learned we rely on it in many ways…”
“Don’t treat government like the enemy or make it work worse. If you don’t like a policy — or a president, win an election. Don’t break it.”
Message to returning government workers: “Thanks for your service. What you do is important. It matters…”
That’s all, folks. Very strong statement that put the blame squarely where it belongs, thanked those who deserve it and called out the saboteurs.