Obama to Democrats: We Must Lead

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Obama on Senate LeadershipPresident Barack Obama implored Senate Democrats on Wednesday to stay aggressive in pushing their agenda despite the loss of one vital seat, saying: “We still have to lead.”

Speaking to his party’s senators at their strategy conference, Obama reminded Democrats they still hold a 59-41 majority, one shy of the 60 needed to overcome Republican filibuster delay tactics. Democrats lost a “super majority” when Republican Scott Brown won in a special election upset in Massachusetts.

Obama said that for Democrats searching for a lesson from that election, “The answer is not to do nothing.”

“The American people are out of patience with business as usual,” he said.

Obama urged Democrats to push legislation that, above all else, will help people get jobs. He encouraged them to avoid the temptation to “tread lightly, keep your head down and play it safe.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press (c) 2010

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