Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama: State of the Union


For the first time ever I sat through an entire State of the Union address. Normally I zone out after 10 minutes but Barrack Obama's eloquence had me captivated well past my bed time.

I thought I'd put together a list of pros and cons. For the record, I am not a huge Obama supporter but I wound up with more pros than cons.

Pros:
  • Attempt to reach across party lines
  • Focus on the economy (after all it's where people's heads are at)
  • Jobs
  • Tax incentives for businesses (businesses are where the jobs will come from not government)
  • Freeze on government spending
  • Taking responsibility for failure and tackling not so popular topics (i.e. health care)
  • Admitting it isn't going to be easy
  • Forcing others to look beyond the polls and do what's right for the people
  • Push to remove don't ask, don't tell (albeit controversial I personally like this...for obvious reasons)
Cons:
  • Too many ideas and promises that I fear won't be able to pass or get done
  • Hyperbole
Barrack Obama is a masterful speaker. He spoke with confidence, feeling and conviction. His closing was moving - the boy mailing in his allowance to give to those in Haiti was brilliant.

I truly hope that we all do pull together to make the country better, to be # 1 in clean technology and move beyond our economic problems.

All this from a non-political junkie, registered as an Independent that didn't even vote for him. Hmmm...

10 comments:

Lemuel said...

This comes from one who supported him: he does not back up his talk with action.

Rick said...

Agree, hence my con regarding hyperbole.

Peter said...

Doesn't the first con apply to all the late presidents, especially the Bush's.

madtexter ☺☺☺☺☺☺ (corey james) said...

I'll admit too, that I watched the ENTIRE 'show'. (except for the 30 minutes I spent during it to play with my dogs on the floor.)

Bits and pieces filtered through my head, but for the most part it was a lot of the same thing.

But I DO hand it to him, he was direct to the point and didn't fiddle faddle around with he said/she said BS.

I think America is at the jumping off point with politics, which is a very dangerous thing. We'll either give up and say let the government do what it wants, we can't change it anyway, OR we embrace the rare opportunity to flush the establishment down the toilet once and for all, and install a next-generation government that is really OF THE PEOPLE.

Michael Rivers said...

I didn't watch it. I never have. Especially in today's world where every single word is dissected. If change/progress happens, I'll find out then.

He is an amazing speaker. I voted for him. :-)

ben said...

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Thanks,
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Ur-spo said...

i am so tired of us vs. them in this country. I want to get behind him so he gets something done for goodness sake.

tornwordo said...

That was the first time I've watched the whole thing too. I agree with your cons too. Sometimes I was surprised that the Republicans refused to applaud, such as when he said he has "hope for the future of America". It would be so great if they could actually work together and get some things done, wouldn't it?

Rick said...

I agree...it's frustrating to see the split. That's why I liked him reaching across party lines -- at least in his speech.

Brahm said...

Hmmm, this was interesting view; I was/am a huge fan of Obama (okay, Canadian, cant vote there, we have our own right wing freaks to worry about), but was totally disappointed on this one --- thought was another "trust me' hail mary charm offensive when wasnt enough specifics; time to stop being a celebrity and get stuff done.