President Obama marked the five-year anniversary of the global financial crisis with a speech to the American people designed to preempt an expected fierce battle over raising the debt ceiling.

"I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the US.  This country has worked too hard for too long to dig out of crisis just to see the elected representatives in here in Washington purposely cause a new crisis."

It is five years since the melt-down of Lehman Brothers and the start of this great recession.

Gathered behind him, Americans who lost their homes and their businesses.

The president's message: Now is not the right time to disrupt their economic recovery.

"We've cleared away the rubble from financial crisis and have laid a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity."

Congressional Republicans meanwhile are gearing up for a budget battle.

And the President issued a warning shot to Republicans who may try to impede his agenda.

"The problem is at the moment Republicans in Congress don't seem focused on getting economy and building the middle class."

How do you feel the economy is doing five years later?  Do you feel it's getting better or the same?