On Wednesday, January 27 2010, President Barack Obama gave his first official State of the Union (SOTU) Address to a Joint Session of Congress, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), and invited guests. His remarks were highly anticipated because the occasion also marked his first year as President of the United States (POTUS).
I listened to the entire speech on C-Span, because I don’t need TV pundits giving me their opinions. I like to see these things live and uncluttered. Most TV pundits are so busy listening to themselves talk, you can’t hear what’s really going on.
My support of the President has not wavered since Day One, and this SOTU Address just solidified my support. Here’s what I really liked about the speech:
1) He reminded everyone AGAIN, especially the Republicans of the mess the country was in BEFORE he even walked in the door. In eight years, George W. Bush and the Republicans turned a huge budget surplus into an even more huge deficit–because of two unfunded wars, unnecessary tax cuts for the rich, and other policies for their “friends”. The country was on the verge of another Great Depression because of the Republican policies that allowed the banks to fleece the middle class and the poor while making themselves rich.
2) He took both the Republicans AND the Democrats to the woodshed: the Republicans for knowing only one word, “No”; and the Democrats for being such WIMPS. The Democrats have the largest majority in generations, yet they “run to the hills” at the slightest obstacle. He challenged the Republicans to come up with a REAL idea–any idea, and put it on his desk.
3) He took the SCOTUS to task for their ruling last week opening up unlimited campaign funding to any corporation, even foreign ones. Justice Alito was caught on camera mouthing his discontent with the President’s words and shaking his head.
4) The POTUS spoke truth to power. People don’t like to hear the truth; especially those who like the status quo. Yes, there must be more belt-tightening. Those tax cuts for the rich–they say that helps the economy because the rich generate private-sector jobs–did nothing to stem the flood of unemployment. The “trickle-down economics” of Reagan didn’t work then, and it’s not working now.
5) The POTUS reminded everyone about his commitment to climate change, the end of the war in Iraq, and the end of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). He stated his commitment to health care reform–no, he didn’t mention the Public Option.
6) The POTUS again put the middle class front and center and railed against lobbyists. He also reminded people (including Progressives) that “change” is neither quick nor easy.
I am so surprised that so many of the President’s so-called supporters have deserted him so soon. Didn’t you watch him during the campaign. Don’t people realize how brilliant he is? He is handling so much more than anyone else would ever attempt. He is playing chess while the rest of the country is playing checkers. His thinking is YEARS ahead of most people’s.
The President of the United States has the hardest job in the world. Our 44th President has it even harder because he is our first Black President. He has enough people against him. His supporters should be for him.
Go to the White House Website and re-read the SOTU Address. Educate yourself to all that he has ACCOMPLISHED this year before you complain about what he hasn’t done.
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