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Obama battles to recharge presidency


















WASHINGTON. - A day after the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is taking his hopes for a healthier economy to Florida.
     
He and Vice President Joe Biden are announcing $8 billion in funding for a national high-speed rail system.
     
Obama told the nation yesterday that he knows Americans have been unhappy and frustrated about the pace of change since he was elected. He's promising to redouble efforts to get millions back to work and to do something about Wall Street greed and Washington bickering.
     
Obama also urged Congress last night to pass a second jobs bill and he's proposing a new tax credit for small businesses that hire workers or raise the wages of current ones.
     
Republicans say Obama is spending more than the country can afford.

GOP says Obama isn't offering enough

Republicans say they want a "seat at the table" and not just the monthly meetings offered in his State of the Union speech last night by President Barack Obama.
     
Otherwise, GOP chairman Michael Steele says, Obama is just showing more of what Steele calls "arrogance and a refusal to listen to the American people."
    
House GOP leader John Boehner says Republicans were looking for a new commitment to "govern from the center" and work in a "bipartisan way."


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