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Obama spokesman says sharp tone is justified

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 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's spokesman is defending the sharper tone Obama is taking to push his economic stimulus plan through Congress.

Obama sharpened his rhetoric while addressing House Democrats in Virginia on Thursday. He appeared to be sending a message to Republicans as he warned against turning back to the policies of the last eight years and insisted that voters chose a new course in November.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs says Obama is simply "fighting on behalf of" the 3.6 million Americans who've lost jobs since the start of the recession.

He says the president is warning of the consequences of not acting swiftly with a plan of sufficient scope.

Gibbs told reporters Friday that any president facing this kind of crisis "better be energized" on behalf of the American people.

 Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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