RADIO ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT TO THE NATION
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. You have probably seen the newspaper and
television stories anticipating the 100th day of my administration.
Ever since Franklin Roosevelt's time, the 100th day has been a media
marker. But what we are marking is not 100 days of my presidency; it
is 100 days of Congress and the President working together for the
What have we accomplished so far? I think we're making progress toward
changing the tone in Washington. There's less name-calling and
finger-pointing. We're sharing credit. We are learning we can make our
points without making enemies. Bitterness and divisiveness in
Washington poison the mood of the whole country. On the other hand, a
culture of respect and results in Washington can change the mood of
the country for the better.
We're also moving ahead with an important legislative agenda. There
were some last summer who said there's no way anyone could possibly
get a tax relief plan through the Congress. Yet, the House and the
Senate have now both endorsed significant tax relief and are headed
toward a final vote. Tax relief is an important principle.
The federal government is taking more money than it needs out of the
pockets of the people and we need to return some. Yet, tax relief is
also an important part of our economic strategy. It will accelerate
our economic growth and create more jobs and more opportunity.
This has nothing to do with me or my political party. It has
everything to do with what is right for the country. The Senate
committee responsible for education voted 20-0 in favor of a solid
education reform bill. And we'll see results, too, from our initiative
welcoming charities and faith-based organizations into the work of
helping Americans in need.
We're at work on a plan to increase America's energy supply in the
long-term. At the same time, we are acting in a common sense way to
defend our environment. We are adopting new, scientifically sensible
rules to discourage emissions of lead, to protect wetlands, to reduce
the amount of arsenic in drinking water, to curb dangerous pesticides
and to clean the air of pollution from on-road diesel engines.
Internationally, we are building a more peaceful and open world. Our
relationship with China is maturing. There will be areas where we can
agree, like trade; and areas where we won't agree -- Taiwan, human
rights, religious liberty. And where we disagree, I will speak
But it's just as important for us to listen as it is to speak. A week
ago, I attended the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, where I met
with the democratically-elected leaders of Canada, Mexico, Central and
South America and the Caribbean. We talked about how we can handle
common challenges -- everything from education and the environment to
drugs, energy and trade. I said my piece, and I listened, as well.
That's how good neighbors behave.
In nearly 100 days, we have made a good start. But it's only a start.
On a number of important issues we have laid the foundation for
progress. Now we need to turn a good start and good spirit into good
laws. And I urge the Congress to join me in seizing the opportunities
of the next 100 days and beyond.
Thank you for listening.
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