March 29, 2009: VIDEO: Obama: Not a caretaker (Politico)

  • "You know, if I had my preferences, would I love to deal with one of these at a time? Deal with Afghanistan now and maybe put off banking till later or deal with health care three years from now? That would be great. I don't have that luxury because the American people don't have that luxury. They need to be kept safe now. They need health-care assistance now. They need this economy back on track now. They need to educate their kids now. And given that they're having to make a lot of difficult choices, it's important for us to work as hard as we can to help them live out their American dream."