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Friday, January 28, 2011
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Thoughts on the State of the Union Address
|The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.|
“He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
- Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution
|The President mid-stride.|
Earlier this week, President Obama stood before Congress and delivered the annual State of the Union Address to the nation. The speech itself has been delivered by American presidents as far back as George Washington in 1790. Although not required to be delivered in person, done in Congress, or broadcasted on TV; this speech has been delivered by American Presidents for the past thirty years.
I’ve been watching these speeches ever since I was a little boy. Generally speaking, they felt like a book report, with scattered fragments on just about everything the President had on his agenda. On top of that, the House chamber would always be divided along party lines. This division has always been obvious, but I must say that the first decade of the 21st century was the most politically divided and venomous period of politics I had witnessed.
|The legendary index finger while making a point.|
Looking back into the past; it seemed more like the political rivalries were more gentlemanly. A few harsh comments would be exchanged in public between corporate money Republicans and old money Democrats; then they would go play nine holes at some country club and move on. These days, we’ve got an extreme’s extreme of politicians, especially on the right-wing side of things.
Alas, I digress; back to the speech. For the first time in years, it seemed like there was an appetite for genuine cooperation amongst the two political parties. Obama’s address was sober, yet uplifting. The fact that people from both sides of the isle intermingled with each other, I think, helped to create an element of civility. I think that civility is a nice thing to have, especially since politics has been reduced to being little more than a contact sport in recent years.
|The regal - thank you for acknowledging my smart speak - look.|
As Obama spoke, I felt myself being swept up with the same feelings of inspiration that I had when I heard him speak in the early days of his campaign for President. Even though he ended the speech by stating that the State of the Union is strong, the message he essentially sent was that we need to work together or fail. The symbolism of inclusiveness was apparent when Obama said some kind words about John Boehner, welcoming him to his new role as House Speaker.
The speech gave me that warm fuzzy feeling. And that was something I’ve been missing for a long time. Ultimately, I’m glad I voted for Obama, I’m glad he’s the President; and considering the circumstances, I think history will judge him kindly.
|Awww, it's a Kum Ba Yah moment.... Boehner actually smiled.|
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