The president said the US cannot stay indefinitely.
As galleries cut back and sales plummet, many artists are struggling to scrape by with odd jobs.
The Monitor's language columnist observes how Americans seem to be losing (some of) their fear of a hitherto scary term.
Lawmakers agree that big financial institutions are in trouble. But they want more help for their constituents.
Government action to save major financial firms has yet to show clear, positive results.
Obama's actions, more than his speech, will have a big role to play in easing the historically bleak consumer mood.