More Bush traditions are being dispensed with at the White House. President Barack Obama has given his weekly address to the nation on the internet, as opposed to his predecessor’s preferred medium, radio.
Obama used his first address to win over those sceptical about his stimulus package. “I know that some people are sceptical about the size and scale of this recovery plan.” he said. “I understand that scepticism, which is why this recovery plan must and will include unprecedented measures that will allow the American people to hold my administration accountable for these results… every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called recovery.gov.” Obama has met Democrat and Republican leaders to encourage his plan’s smooth passage through Congress. The initiative, with an equivalent value of 635 billion euros, is aimed at creating jobs and stablising the economy.