Barack Obama traveled today to Fort Myers, Florida for a town hall on
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. The President spoke
directly with Fort Myers residents about his commitment to put aside
politics as usual and implement a plan to create jobs, jumpstart growth
and transform our economy for the 21st century.
the country, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will help
businesses create jobs and families afford their bills, while laying a
foundation for future economic growth in key areas like health care,
clean energy, education and a 21st century infrastructure. This plan is
particularly meaningful to families and businesses in the Ft. Myers
area, where the unemployment rate has jumped from 6 percent to 10
percent since last year.
Florida-specific information detailing the employment, infrastructure,
education, and health care impacts of the recovery plan.
The President was joined today by
Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
There was dancing and singing in the streets in Ft. Myers Monday as hundreds of people turned out for the annual freedom march commemorating the life of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. And of course this year’s march was on the eve of Barack Obama’s swearing in as the nation’s first African American president. So, the question WGCU’s Valerie Alker asked was “has Martin Luther King’s dream been realized”
We heard from: Deacon Elijah Brown, Evelyn Foster, Father Robert Browning, March organizers Jonathan Elliot and Reginald Billips– and from Terry Stark.