The President of the United States, Barack Obama, spoke Tuesday evening to a congress long-divided, a congress with an all-time low approval rating from the American public. Always a master speaker, the president emphasized the principle that the mission should be foremost, beyond obsession with political or personal aspiration, several times in his annual State of the Union address.
If those debaters who have filled the airways in recent months were seeking a long-winded dissertation on the accomplishments of the administration during the past year, they were disappointed. The president indeed mentioned the end of the Iraqi conflict and the death of Osama bin Laden, but the tone of his address was far more in keeping with a clear definition of the current directions the nation under the president is taking, and the goals for the years ahead.
During the course of the hourlong speech, he did mention that the world is unified behind a clear need to stop the nuclear escalation from the rogue, Iran. The world, he said, is now united behind severe sanctions. He continued that to stop the nuclear threat from Iran, no option is off the table. But, he avowed, peace is preferable. He went on to say, most specifically, that the money saved with the reduction in our reduced warfare should be used, half to pay off the national debt, and half to the renewed nation building of America. In what may have been the most moving, emotionally, of his words, he reminded us that the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the system of transcontinental highways across America all were born out of times of financial crisis. He alluded at that point to plentiful jobs available, and to his administration's endeavor to retrain workers to fill available jobs.
The debaters for weeks have declared passion and commitment to rigid ideology; the president suggested common sense in moving toward the future as a wiser and more sensible priority. He vowed to fight obstructionism with action.
The president pointed with pride to the American auto Industry. He spoke of American produced cars from Detroit, Toledo, and Chicago, being the standard in all parts of the world. He mentioned South Korea, and China, and an unlimited market. In that regard, he told the listeners, corporations shouldn’t benefit from out sourcing; from hiring overseas. He pledged double tax breaks, and double incentives to those who bring jobs back to America.