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President Obama's remarks from Ft. Myers, Florida

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(Read caption) President Barack Obama responds to the applause in the crowd before his town hall meeting to discuss the economic recovery plan at Harborside Events Center in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday,Feb. 10, 2009. Fort Myers is a community reeling from home foreclosures and job losses.

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The following are the remarks of President Barack Obama as provided by the White House.

I want to start by thanking your governor, Charlie Crist, for joining us today. Governors understand our economic crisis as well as anyone; they’re on the front lines dealing with it every day. And Governor Crist shares my conviction that creating jobs and turning this economy around is a mission that transcends party. When the town is burning, we don’t check party labels. Everyone needs to grab a hose!

Governor Crist and governors across the country understand that. Mayors across the country understand that. And I think you understand that, too. Which is what I want to talk about today.

Last night, I addressed the nation to explain why I believe we need to put the economic recovery plan that is before Congress in motion as soon as possible. But during the day, I spent some time out in Indiana talking to folks. And today, I wanted to come to Florida and visit you all in Fort Myers.

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