As I watched the President Obama's State of the Union Speech tonight, I kept getting chills for several reasons. I mean, the speech was amazing. The entire speech seemed as though he was talking to the public, the common people who are now thinking about whether or not he is still serious about the job. From what I saw and heard, he is. He wants to hold the banks and lenders responsible for their actions, hold the auto industry to a higher standard since the bailout years ago and remind the American people as well as the rest of the world that this country is still strong.
I love that he touched on a lot of the major issues that are and will probably always be on the minds of the American people. Education, jobs, JOBS, government spending, Jobs and energy. He wants it to be mandatory for students to remain in school until they graduate or reach 18, for teachers to be rewarded for their work, for universities to be held accountable for their raising tuition rates that are making it hard for students to continue their education. For community colleges to be in a better position to train and educate people as they retrain for new careers. Each point would lead into the job market and growth. Keeping jobs in the States and rewarding companies who bring jobs back or to the States.
How energy needs to be another big concern...
Now that this "war on terrorism" is over, let's spend that money on repaying the debt... That would be nice. Maybe when that's done, it could free up funds for research for alternative energy sources, education and other possibilities.
I loved that he called out everyone...not just Republicans or Democrats, but everyone. Even people on his team. In order to do what needs to be done, the party lines need to be forgotten. He told the Republicans that they may not like what he's doing and that he could still get the job done. That it would just be easier with their help. In layman terms, "I really don't need you." (ha!)
One of my favorite lines was said towards the end when he says, "No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together."
Were there flaws in his speech? Probably, but he answered the People's many questions. Yeah, he pointed fingers, but he also made it a point to include himself in that as well as suggest possible solutions.
This country still has a long way to go, but maybe, just maybe, he could be the right person to get us there.