More than healthcare rides on Obama’s speech


More than healthcare rides on Obama's speech

His address to Congress and the nation is intended to bolster the chances for a healthcare overhaul. It could also help him regain the upper hand in federal government.

By Peter Nicholas

September 9, 2009

Reporting from Washington

Amid a summer of setbacks, President Obama's speech tonight before a joint session of Congress is a crucial moment that could determine whether he will be able to reestablish his presidency as what John F. Kennedy called the "vital center of action" in the government.

Apart from reviving his healthcare plan, the president needs to reassert his grip on a political apparatus that soon will determine whether his agenda succeeds or fails.

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