ACTING ‘SWIFTLY AND BOLDLY’…. Barack Obama’s weekly radio/YouTube address was, not surprisingly, focused on the economy, and for those of us anxious to hear about his intentions to help stimulate the economy, the message sounded pretty good.

He didn’t go into too much detail — it’s a four-minute clip — but the president-elect outlined “a two-year, nationwide effort to jumpstart job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy.” This includes investment in “rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels; fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.”

Obama added that this spending will help address the immediate crisis and offer “long-term investments in our economic future that have been ignored for far too long.”

He also noted the 1.2 million jobs that have already been lost this year, and insisted that we now have to act “swiftly and boldly.” He used the word again towards the end, noting that the “American Dream” has endured because, in “our darkest hours,” we have “acted boldly,
bravely, and above all, together.”

It’d be awfully nice if the nation didn’t have to wait until late January for Obama’s stimulus package, but I suppose we don’t have a choice.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.