“While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this,” Mr. Obama said. “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”
TPJ: It was a very convincing expression of strong optimism and confidence that tells me that the president is firmly at the helm of the ship and has a plan of action to move forward. His honesty was refreshing in stating though that we will have to make sacrifices but that together we will emerge stronger if only we are willing to work together. So far that hasn't happened so much from Republicans. So far they haven't seem to have seen the urgency of the matter at hand and have been obsessed with opposition and obstruction to score cheap political points in a sad attempt at exacting revenge for the lost election. It makes them look petty, childish and out of touch with the American people.
And for those who have concerns that we have fallen too far that this crisis is bigger than us and our president he used history (much to the joy of this historian) to show us how we've done it many times before. He reminded us of the civil war, which was also a time of economic peril and not just a war but America prevailed. The same went for the Great Depression and we aren't near those waters--yet but Obama gave me confidence last night that he is doing everything possible to keep us from backsliding any further and reversing this trend.
He reminded us of surviving two world wars and building the middle class through government reinvestment in veterans coming home through the G.I. Bill so they could better educate themselves for the jobs of the future, which then were mostly in manfucaturing. Well, last night Obama showed us the future--green energy, which will use traditional manufacturing combined with new technology to not only build a new industry that will employ generations to come but will also make us energy independent. Thus shoring up our security both foreign and at home. No more wars for oil under President Obama.
He reminded us to be patient because growing pains can take some time but that as he said we will emerge ever stronger if we but work together. I hope the Republicans finally get the message that we need to work together and not just in a token manner. I liked the way that he led the way in reiterating the need to sacrifice on both sides to move America forward, Given these realities, everyone in this chamber, Democrats and Republicans, will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me.
TPJ: The other big line that I liked was his call to America's youth to take schooling more seriously and see it as being more about them individually. It was great to hear him say that basically America is counting on them to step bravely into the new paradigm we are facing. I thought it was a great rallying cry and reminder to young people of the importance of education when he said that dropping out of high school is giving up on America.
As for Governor Bobby Jindal's speech? Not impressed and I really tried to give him a chance but it's hard to do that and take him seriously when he reads the speech off the prompter like he's reading a book to children. It came off as fake and patronizing while the jokes and stories were clumsy and awkwardly framed with that cheesy grin. The walking up to the camera from behind the wall was a little weird as if he was trying to mimic the president walking down the great hall to the podium in the White House. His delivery was rushed and seemed stiff and insincere when he, "evoked emotion" making it look and sound contrived. The speech itself was full of throw away lines like, "The strength of America is not found in its government," the governor asserted. "It's found in its people."
TPJ: Of course President Obama and the Dems believe that America's strength is in its people but he and we also know that the government isn't some boogey man out there separate from us. We are the government and when our strength falters like right now in this deep recession the government is there to step in and soften the pain a bit.
It's not and either or proposition--it's not an accept total government control or leave it completely as Gov. Jindal suggested last night in his response to Obama's speech. How is Obama's plan for cutting taxes for 95% of Americans not being for the people? Finally I wanted to add that I saw a poll today on the news, which said that Obama's approval for things was in the mid 60's and that is pretty good for any president but after the speech it hit 80% so I'm glad that Americans seem for the most part to have confidence in our president. Frankly we can not afford not to have confidence and hope in our president. And it will take some time. We aren't going to get out of this in a year--maybe even two. It's easy to slide down into the pit but harder to dig back out so I hope everyone gives him some patience and time.
P.S.-This is the blog's 1,500th post!!
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