markknoller -- "Hello, Nashua!" shouts Pres. Obama as he begins Town Hall Meeting in gym of Nashua HS North. "It's great to be back in NH," he says. markknoller -- Obama sharing stage with some audience members and large American Flag - like the opening scene from Patton.
markknoller -- Obama says worst of the economic storm has passed. but "jobs have to be our #1 focus in 2010." markknoller -- Obama announces proposal to use $30-billion from repaid bank bailout funds to help small banks make loans to small businesses. markknoller -- Obama says the plan, combined with other steps, will help "ensure that small businesses are once again the engine of job growth in America." markknoller -- Obama slams republicans who voted against Recovery Act but show up for ribbon cuttings for Recovery Act-funded projects in their districts. markknoller -- Obama says those republicans have learned how to have their cake and vote against it too.
markknoller -- Obama again says he won't rest until businesses are hiring again, and wages are rising again, and the middle class is thriving again, markknoller -- Obama calls of GOP members of Congress to work with him to repair the economy, reform education "instead of scoring political points." markknoller -- Obama says invest in innovation: "the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy." markknoller -- Obama vows not to give up on health care reform: calls for Dems & Repubs to work together: "Let's get it done this year," he declares. markknoller -- By saying he wants health care bill "this year," Obama giving Congress a lot more time in which to act on a bill he wanted last year. markknoller -- Obama says the size of federal deficits keep him up at night "all that red ink." markknoller -- Obama slams 7 senate republicans who at first support Debt Commission, but then voted against it on the floor.
markknoller -- Obama now doffs suit jacket and picks up hand mike to start taking questions from the audience. markknoller -- Discussing energy legislation, Obama said he knows some like Cap & Trade and that it may be separated out from the rest of the bill. markknoller -- Obama said that may be where the Senate energy bill ends up - with cap & trade separated out. markknoller -- Last Q. to Obama from student w- family in Haiti. Obama says US generosity to Haiti serves as answer to bin-Laden's call to blow up America.