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Representative John Larson, vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, says Obama was impressive in an hour in which House Democrats asked questions about his recent overseas trip and U.S. energy policy. "This being a moment when we have to seize the opportunity to put forward the kind of comprehensive energy policy that we are going to need to address the concerns of the country."
Jim Clyburn, the Democratic Majority Whip, said Obama also reflected on the key points he tried to communicate to an estimated 200-thousand people who heard him speak in Germany. "That to me was a seminal moment in his talk today, the fact that he is symbolic of what people want to see this country do in reclaiming its moral authority [in the world]."
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) said he was looking forward to the day when the occupant of the White House would sign a stem cell research bill into law, give 10 million additional children health care coverage under the Children's Health Insurance Program, and end the war in Iraq.
But Democratic aides said the loudest applause came when Obama discussed his trip through the Middle East, Afghanistan and Europe, and Democratic leaders hailed a new era when American leadership is respected abroad.
“Not larger government, but responsible government, honest government and efficient government.’’
He also said the United States has to invest more in its physical infrastructure and has to be fiscally disciplined to revive the economy.
Those at the caucus said Obama called for an energy policy that concentrates on new sources and on more drilling. But Democrats say some 83 million acres of government land and offshore acreage is already available for drilling and hasn’t been utilized by oil and gas companies.
In his first meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives' House Democratic caucus since clinching the Democratic nomination, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) said he believed all of the excitement among Europeans on his recent trip overseas was not about him, but about the symbol he's become of returning America to values the world can believe in, members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation who attended the meeting told PolitickerMA.com.