Obama: Time to Rebuild Stronger Than Ever

President confident that nation will emerge from recession better than before
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2009 11:05 AM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks at a departure ceremony at the airport in Accra, Ghana, Saturday, July 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – Fresh off a whirlwind world tour, President Obama is turning his attention once again to his domestic agenda. In a Washington Post editorial, Obama says his administration’s “swift and aggression action has helped pull our financial system and our economy back from the brink.” But the president looks to a future of lower health care costs and improved access to education, setting a goal to lead the world in college degrees by 2020.

“We must continue to clean up the wreckage of this recession, but it is time to rebuild something better in its place," Obama writes. "It won't be easy, and there will continue to be those who argue that we have to put off hard decisions. But earlier generations of Americans didn't build this great country by fearing the future and shrinking our dreams. This generation has to show that same courage and determination. I believe we will.”