On 24 February 2009, President Obama addressed a Joint Session of Congress. Although the speech focused on the ailing economy, the President highlighted the need for investments in energy, education, and health care.

President Obama pressed for increased supplies of renewable energy. “[T]o truly transform our economy, to protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy.” He also called for Congress to pass legislation that caps greenhouse gas emissions.

The President will also seek education reform. “In a global economy, where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity. It is a prerequisite… [W]e know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow.” His Administration will push for every child to have access to a “complete and competitive education,” by creating funding for new teachers, new incentives for teacher performance, and investing in charter schools. The President’s goal is for America to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.


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