Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thank You, Mr. President

In the last three weeks, our President has had a busy schedule. First the tragedy in Tucson and last night, he delivered the State of the Union address. I am generally not too impressed with the State of the Union address-- although, that is a comment made after having to watch W deliver said speech and picking it apart in my mind, while he was still talking. Plus, the State of the Union address is usually rah, rah, rah and I am not too big on the cheers- I am much bigger on the doing, not the saying. With that said, I have to say- I liked the address last night.

We all know that Barack is a great orator, right?! He is amazing, and there are few men that I have seen that can do it better. His delivery of the speech in Tucson was as close to flawless as I have seen in a while. You could look in his face and see that he meant it. We need to do better for our country, our neighbors and our children. It was great. Last night was not as good as the speech in Tucson, but it was better than he has been in a while.

He was rah, rah, rah... a cheerleader for America. Tying the history of America, with modern day issues that we are dealing with. He says that we can do it- if we work together. He reminds us that we are part of bigger picture; that we aren't all island, we are countrymen. Cuts need to happen- and he is willing to giving up things that he cares deeply about in order to get our debt under control... Now, he didn't say anything about ending the wars (which is what I wanted to hear), or extensively hitting on how he was going to cut out tax loopholes for the wealthy, but he wasn't supposed to-- this was his rah rah moment, and he did it well.

It made my night that people that I follow on Twitter were so engaged in the address- my timeline looked amazing. People were using 140 characters to agree/disagree with what was being said. More people taking part in the political process definitely put a smile on this hot, black and bitter face! If you didn't see the State of the Union address- google it and listen for yourself- no matter what political affiliation you have aligned with. Listen to what your President has outlined for you. Listen and digest it for yourself... this is too important to just blindly follow what someone else says happened. Know for yourself.

Below are six of my favorite speaking points of Barack's State of the Union address. Oh, how I hope that we can take at least one of these ideas and make them work for the betterment of the United States of America. (rah- rah- rah!) :)

"What comes of this moment is determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow."

"We will move forward together, or not at all."

"To win the future, we will need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making."

"The future is ours to win... but to get there, we can't just stand still!"

"We reinvented ourselves. That is what Americans have been doing for 200 years."

"American Muslims are a part of our American family." (Some of y'all need to be reminded- for real)


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