It's good to be home.
That was one of the first things out of President Obama this afternoon as he took the stage at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy.
And right after he said it, the crowd of 23 hundred people burst into thunderous applause.
This was his last stop on his two day White House to Main Street Tour through the Midwest. And it was his largest crowd.
President Obama took to the stage as if he was campaigning for President. He brought with him a message of financial reform.
"Some in Washington think the debate is happening too fast. They think it's kind of a political game. Let's see how this can play to our political advantage in November. That's not how I play. I've been calling for better rules on Wall Street since 2007 before this crisis happened, so I don't think we've been moving too fast. We've been moving too slow, and it's time to get this done. I don't think you think Washington is moving too fast. I think you want to get this done."
Obama compared financial reform to the last time he was in Quincy. That was June of 2008, when he filled sandbags to fight the flood. He said just like the people of Quincy fought hard to fight the river, Americans need to fight hard to take Wall Street back. The President said Wall Street took too many risks, and it operated like a big casino. He said by doing so, it almost brought down the whole economy.
The President's Speech wasn't all about reform. He talked about renewable energy, expanding broadband internet access, reforms to farm support programs, and how federal stimulus money has helped rural areas.
"Because we are not powerless in the face of our challenges. We do not quit when things get tough. We come together. We move forward. We act. We are Americans. Our destiny is not written for us - it is written by us. And if we remember that; if we summon that spirit and that resolve once again, we can strengthen our economy today and tomorrow."
Obama said when he took office, the economy was at its worst since the Great Depression. He said it's now starting to turn around. Jobs are getting created and the stock market is back. He went on to say he didn't run for this office to get Americans back where we used to be. He ran to make this country better.