In Weekly Address, Obama Continues Pushing for Innovation

Jan 29, 2011 6:00am

From Sunlen Miller:

Continuing to sell his State of the Union message of “out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our competitors” President Obama devotes his weekly address to sparking innovation in businesses across the country.

Taped Wednesday during his visit to the factory floor of Orion Energy System in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the president said that the energy-efficient lighting company is an example of changes he wants made in businesses to lead to hiring and economic growth.

“This business and others like it are showing us the way forward,” Obama says, “We’ll win the future by being the best place on Earth to do business.”

The president says that sparking innovation will spur new products and technologies.

“This is going to lead to good, new jobs.  And that’s how we win the future — by unleashing the talent and ingenuity of American businesses and American workers in every corner of this country.”

On Wednesday the president goes to State College, Pennsylvania, to push the message of innovation.  Other administration members will fan out as well.

“And in the coming days, I’ll be shining a spotlight on innovators across America who are relying on new technologies to create new jobs and opportunities in new industries,” the president says.

More broadly, and echoing themes in his State of the Union address of Tuesday, the president says that the government needs to be reformed by cutting wasteful spending, “so that we eliminate what we don’t need to pay for the investments we need to grow, like education and medical research.”

In the weekly Republican address Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) says the president should present a “serious plan” for controlling spending and the deficit.

“If he does, I feel confident Republicans will be willing to help him get it passed,” Johnson says.

-Sunlen Miller

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