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Dueling videos: Obama and Gregg deliver weekly addresses

By Jimmy Orr / March 28, 2009


President Obama and his former Commerce Secretary nominee go head to head this morning in Saturday morning's Battle of the Videos.

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Although it sounds like something from Headbanger's Ball, it's just the preferred format now to try to make news on the one neglected day of the week where politics don't reign supreme.

Obama

In his weekly address, the president discussed efforts underway from the federal government to assist citizens of the upper Midwest who are dealing with rising flood waters. He said the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA are coordinating the response with many other government agencies on location to assist.

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assisting in the emergency construction of levees," he said. "The Coast Guard is aiding in search and rescue efforts while the Department of Defense is helping to move people and supplies. Members of the National Guard have been activated and are on the scene as well."

"Hospitals and nursing homes in the area are being evacuated and residents in poor health or with special needs are being transported to higher ground. Teams from the Department of Health and Human Services are aiding in this work. And the Red Cross is in place to provide shelter and supplies for folks in need."

GOP

Meanwhile, former Obama pal New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg took discussed the president's budget in the Republican's weekly video/radio address.Basically, Gregg supports it. Except that it costs too much, taxes too much and increases government too much -- and everything else.

"If you take all the debt of our country run up by all of our presidents from George Washington through George W. Bush, the total debt over all those 200-plus years since we started as a nation, it is President Obama’s plan to double that debt in just the first five years that he is in office," Gregg said.

But at least the president is being up front about it, Gregg went on to say.

“The President to his credit is not trying to hide this; in fact he is very forthright in stating that he believes that by greatly expanding the spending, the taxing and the borrowing of our government, this will lead us to prosperity," he said.

“Here of course is where we differ. We believe you create prosperity by having an affordable government that pursues its responsibilities without excessive costs, taxes or debt. That it is the individual American who creates prosperity and good jobs, not the government."

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