Obama Pins Lagging Economy on Obstructionist GOP

In a press conference today, the president went on the offensive against Republicans, who immediately struck back. He also addressed 9/11 and the New York City mosque controversy.

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I've got Muslims who are fighting in Afghanistan, in the uniform of the United States armed services. They're out there putting their lives on the line for us. And we've got to make sure that we are crystal clear, for our sakes and their sakes: They are Americans and we honor their service. And part of honoring their service is making sure that they understand that we don't differentiate between them and us. It's just us.

After nearly an hour and a half of talk, it was the closing of a true leader finally finding his footing, if only for a few moments.

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