Budget address

President <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">Obama</a> walks to a podium in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000110" title="White House" href="/topic/politics/government/executive-branch/white-house-PLCUL000110.topic">White House</a> Tuesday, moments before he addressed the media about his budget proposals. Senate Budget Committee Chairmen John Spratt and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT001277" title="Kent Conrad" href="/topic/politics/kent-conrad-PEPLT001277.topic">Kent Conrad</a> follow the president. Obama appealed to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000004" title="Republican Party" href="/topic/politics/parties-movements/republican-party-ORGOV0000004.topic">Republicans</a> to stop sniping at his budget proposals and to offer their own constructive ideas, saying that the current difficult times call for more than negativity.

( Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / March 17, 2009 )

President Obama walks to a podium in the White House Tuesday, moments before he addressed the media about his budget proposals. Senate Budget Committee Chairmen John Spratt and Kent Conrad follow the president. Obama appealed to Republicans to stop sniping at his budget proposals and to offer their own constructive ideas, saying that the current difficult times call for more than negativity.

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