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Video: President Obama’s Osawatomie Speech

December 7, 2011

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Is this the most important speech of Obama’s presidency?

By **Joel Whitney**

Here’s a video of President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich calls it the president’s most important speech on the economy (and offers commentary on the important parts) here.

Perhaps most notably, it refers to the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country, and according to Reich, “[lays] out the reasons behind our economic and political crises, and assert[s] a willingness to take on the powerful and the privileged that have gamed the system to their advantage.”

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joel_whitney.jpgJoel Whitney is an editor of Guernica. Read his interview with Zoya Phan here, and with U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin here. Joel’s writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, World Policy Journal, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Paris Review, The Nation, Agni, New York magazine—and on NPR. He lives in Brooklyn. He’s on Twitter.

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