It is important for the American public and for the markets to stay calm because things are never smooth in congress and to understand that it will get done. That we are going to make sure an emergency package is put together because it is required for us to stabilize the markets and to make sure that when a small business-person wakes up tomorrow morning, he will be able to make payroll. ... I am confident we are going to get there but it's going to be sort of rocky. It's sort of like flying into Denver. You know you're going to land but it's not always fun going over those mountains.
-Illinois Senator Barack Obama addressing the rejection by congress of the $700 billion bailout plan in a speech delivered at Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colo. Monday September 29, 2008