The Recovery plan will put money in the pockets of the American worker, create and save millions of new jobs and invest in crucial areas such as health care, education, energy independence and a new infrastructure.
Given the daunting challenges that we face, it's important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one.
If left unchecked, global change will create violent conflict, torrential storms, shrinking coastlines, and irreversible catastrophe.
Instead of sitting on the sidelines, President Obama has made it clear that the US is ready to lead a global effort to combat climate change.
For those that are working part time, in small businesses, or who are unemployed and do not currently have health insurance, we want to make sure that you are covered.
We know the threats - from global terrorist networks to the spread of deadly weapons. Yet we also know that embedded in this time of danger is the promise of a new day, if we have the courage and commitment to work together.
My goal in the new administration is to engage all of the stakeholders, everyone who can help us meet the challenges of the 21st century, and ensure that we work together.
No one will be forced to take the public option. The word option means choice.
The President has been a big proponent of the public option since the campaign.
Please be assured that as we move along through the implementation of health insurance reform, making sure that we find efficiencies within the existing system, is foremost on the President's mind.
We want to make sure that we incentivize the health care system to be designed to provide you the best quality health care possible.
One of the major goals of health insurance reform is to bring down the cost.
President Obama celebrates diversity, yet instinctively seeks common ground and builds on that common ground to make progress.
Our whole philosophy is one of transparency.
But if I were to sum up who Barack Obama is and how he plans to meet this moment with one word, that word would be 'responsibility.' Responsibility to each other, our families, our communities, our country, and our world.