U.S. President Barack Obama is urging Americans to
back his plan to fix the country's deeply troubled economy, saying it is
critical to make "hard choices" right now.
During his weekly address
Saturday, President Obama says his budget represents "an honest reckoning of
where we are and where we need to go."
President Obama outlined his plan
to fix the economy, including reforming healthcare, creating jobs, unfreezing
the credit market and restoring the housing sector.
The president says
Friday's grim news that unemployment hit a 25-year high represents not just
numbers, but the hardships of millions of Americans.
Mr. Obama says
resolving the economic crisis will not be quick or easy. But he expressed
confidence the nation will emerge stronger and more prosperous than before if
the country takes swift, bold and responsible action.