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President Barack Obama Addresses the Nation on Debt Limit and Gun Control

Today President Barack Obama held a press conference to answer critical questions about the debt ceiling and gun control. Many questions have been raised about these two particular topics, and it seems that Obama did his best to answer them.  President Obama started out by warning Republicans against refusing to raise the debt ceiling. He called this action “irresponsible” and “absurd”, worried that doing so would set America back into economic crisis. “It would be a self-inflicted wound on the economy,” Mr. Obama said. “It would slow down our growth and tip us into recession. To even entertain the idea of this happening is irresponsible. It’s absurd.”

On gun control, Obama announced that Joe Biden is due to present his list of recommendations today and will report the decisions later in the week. He said his package would include a ban on assault weapons and on high-capacity magazines, as well as expanded background checks. But he declined to say how hard he would push for an assault weapons ban, and acknowledged that it and other gun measures might not pass. President Obama was also presented with harsh questions about his choice of cabinet members, with critics implying that he had chosen a cabinet of all white men.  He pointed out that in the last four years, many members of top advisers have been women, and that his second-term appointees have been the most diverse in U.S. history.  Among other reassurances, President Obama confirmed that he is not aiming to “take everyone’s guns away”.

 

What did you get out of today’s press conference? Which questions of yours did the President answer today, and are there any that you are still asking? Share with us here, or on our Facebook page

 

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