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On the one year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Obama made a speech declaring since the financial meltdown, resulting in two massive federal bailouts, the economy is better off.

“To rescue the financial system, to ensure that our domestic auto industry didn’t go out of business, and to stimulate the economy. That certainly cost a lot of money, but it’s something that we had to do,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Washington over the weekend to protest the moves of the Obama’s health care proposal.

“They’re spending too much money we don’t have,” said protestor Graham Blanton.

“We must stop this government take over of health care,” said South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint.

David Axelrod, Senior White House Advisor, said “I don’t think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they’re wrong.”

“We invite the Republicans to join us for this historic opportunity. If they do not, we are still going to go forward,” said Illinois Senator package Durbin.