Yesterday afternoon, President Obama gave a terrific speech at the Associated Press luncheon. Yes, he got in a few digs at Mitt Romney, but he had much more to say about Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget (a budget which Mitt Romney called “marvelous”- said that he wanted to see one just like that on his desk the first day of his presidency):
“This congressional Republican budget ... is something different altogether. It's a Trojan Horse... Disguised as deficit-reduction plan, it's really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It's nothing but thinly-veiled Social Darwinism. It's antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who's willing to work for it -- a place where prosperity doesn't trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that's built to last - education and training; research and development -- it's a prescription for decline.”
MSNBC-First Read prior to the speech:
Senior administration officials are billing Obama’s address -- coming on the same day as another round of GOP primaries -- as an important speech, and they say it builds off his remarks in Kansas last December (when he invoked Teddy Roosevelt’s “square deal”) and his State of the Union in January (when he talked about an economy “built to last”).