Welcome, CCAA History students!
Tonight, President Obama is giving a speech regarding the United States' high unemployment rate. Over 9% of Americans want to work but can't find a job. Obama will make suggestions about how to put people back to work.
The speech will be online at nytimes.com at 7 and on many TV stations. When I get home tonight, I'll write a few discussion questions. In the meantime, feel free to post with your opinions. Make sure to use proper grammar and to sign your name.
E-mail me if you have questions. See you tomorrow!
UPDATE (10:35 p.m.): Thanks to everyone who's already posted. Great comments! I promised discussion questions tonight, but instead I'm going to sleep. You can leave comments all weekend, so if you're reading this on Thursday night, you too should go to sleep so you're all ready for Day Two. Hasta mañana.
UPDATE (10:00 p.m. Friday): Great to see you at school today.
Here is a link to the president's speech. Take a look. The speech begins shortly after the 4 minute mark. Up until then, it's mainly applause and the president shaking hands.
Here are some discussion questions. You may want to answer one, some, or all of them.
- Do you think President Obama's jobs plan will work? Why or why not?
- Which parts of Obama's plan seem most likely to work? Which parts might fail? Why?
- Our country is in debt. That means that our country spends more than the government earns in taxes, so our government needs to borrow money from other countries to make ends meet. Is this a good idea? Could it ever be a good idea?
- Do you think the president communicated his ideas well? What did you think of the way he spoke? Is he a good speaker? Give examples to support your opinion.