SPEECHES, MORE SPEECHES

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Amer­ica needs jobs, not speeches,” said Sen. Jim DeMint be­fore Pres­i­dent Obama stepped be­fore a joint ses­sion of Congress on Sept. 8, brim­ming with job-cre­ation pro­pos­als. Ex­pen­sive ones.

Mean­while, the South Carolina Repub­li­can has a point. Mr. Obama is a man of many speeches: He’s made 1,000 since tak­ing of­fice, this ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Fu­ture Fund, which la­bo­ri­ously tal­lied the num­ber of those mul­ti­ple heart­felt procla­ma­tions. Enough, al­ready, the ad­vo­cacy group says. It has cre­ated a pe­ti­tion for weary cit­i­zens; yes, it asks Mr. Obama to cool down the speeches and heat up work­able pol­icy. Find the pe­ti­tion here: www.nomore­speeches.com.

“Not only is prayer ap­pro­pri­ate for this cer­e­mony, it is in­deed nec­es­sary to ad­e­quately com­mem­o­rate the tragic events of a decade ago. For many, 9/11 is not a dis­tant mem­ory. It’s still very real. Many face day-to-day strug­gles to cope with the loss of loved ones. Prayer brings many com­fort and so­lace,” Mr. Seku­low says.

PHO­TO­GRAPH PRO­VIDED BY THE U.S. NAVY

The USS New York, with more than 7 tons of steel from the World Trade Cen­ter built into its bow, trans­ported fam­i­lies of 9/11 vic­tims and first re­spon­ders from Nor folk, Va., to New York for the 10th an­niver­sar y of the at­tacks.

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