- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I watched President Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress and gained some insight into the future of this country I call home. Mr. Obama is doing it right, charting a course of action that will save lives, homes and our children’s future. The next few years will be critical, and what America needs is courage to steer the course to economic recovery, meaningful security and social reform.

We need leadership, courage and devotion to our people; in retrospect, we need a leader who will take on the Goliath that is Wall Street and the enemies of our people who live in shadows. This writer feels we got a good one, a leader finally capable of getting the reforms we need inside the Capital Beltway, producing military reforms, bringing about the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and putting an end to torture. (To quote Mr. Obama, “America does not torture.”)

We need a leader for those who don’t have or have lost their voice inside the Beltway, and I think we got that leader in Mr. Obama. I saw that none of the Republicans - who, except for a few, showed their stubbornness and hardheaded attitude - joined the people’s president in beginning this long journey back to economic stability and security.

MURDOCK TODD COTE

Ashland, Maine

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