Obama vows to lead US from dire ‘day of reckoning’ (AP)

Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., applaud as President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the Capitol in Washington , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)AP – Standing before the nation on a “day of reckoning,” President Barack Obama summoned politicians and public alike Tuesday night to forge a path out of the worst economic disaster in a quarter-century by embracing shared sacrifice and costly new endeavors to improve health care, schools and the environment.

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