WASHINGTON, DC (NBC) - After a year in office, the President said 2010 needs to be about jobs.
"People are out of work. They are hurting. They need our help. And I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay," said President Obama.
The President defended bailing out banks, saying without it ten percent unemployment would be worse. "I hated it, you hated it," he stated.
Democrats cheered while Republicans sat quietly as the President boasted he'd cut taxes for the middle class.
"I thought I'd get some applause on that one," joked Obama.
Overall GOP lawmakers panned the speech.
Virginia Representative Eric Cantor said, "I was very disappointed, you have to give the guy an incomplete."
Virginia's new Governor Bob McDonnell said Obama Democrats are overreaching. "Today, the Federal government is simply trying to do too much.�
But President Obama stuck to his guns that big change is needed, on health care reform.
"Do not walk away from reform. Not now," said Obama. "We don't quit. I don't quit. Let's seize this moment to start anew, to carry the dream forward and to strengthen our union once more."
An appeal for results, the President admits are coming slower than he'd promised.
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