Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan

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Obama's Economic Recovery Plan

California Lutheran University

Media and Public Administration

MPPA 582

April 25, 2009



Obama's Economic Recovery Plan

When President Obama's administration took office on January 20, 2009, the president's biggest challenge was what his administration's plan was to revive the US economy. Prior to taking office, economic indicators were in a downward spiral and people throughout the States were suffering as they witnessed their property values go down, retirement accounts shrink and unemployment levels on the rise. Not since the Great Depression has the United States witnessed such a dire economic situation. The major news outlets coverage has been mixed at best. While most Americans want President Obama to be successful many are doubtful the newly elected president's agenda will achieve any lasting effect. This paper will analyze how media bias, as it relates to the president's economic recovery plan, is being used to shape the opinions of the American people.

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Following the signing of the massive spending bill, Obama commented on the excesses of previous administrations and the private sector as the main culprits in causing the current economic crisis. "The current economic crisis is the result of many years of irresponsibility, both in government and in the private sector" (The White House, 2009). Obama's recovery plan will focus on creating jobs, keeping Americans in their homes and bringing stability to the financial markets. The Obama administration believes its first priority is to create jobs and put Americans back to work. Obama believes the passage of this legislation will save or create approximately 3.5 million jobs by investing in healthcare, education, energy, and infrastructure. The second component of ARRA is to shore...