Obama: State Of The Future

The 2012 State Of The Union Address opened within the first minute and a half with two standing ovations for President Barack Obama. Addressing the US Armed Forces in recent and past years Obama compared its hard work and dedication to what America could be like. In the past, Obama said, the basic America promise was that "if you worked hard you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college and put a little away for retirement" you would be successful. Keeping that promise alive is the issue. 

Addressing the ups and downs of the financial state before and after he took office Obama focused on the economy which has proved to be the biggest issue thus far in both the presidential race and smaller political races. Obama was strong in his statement that he will "oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place." 

He recognized Milwaukee and Detroit as examples for bring back thousands of jobs. He rallied for jobs to stay in America with the help of tax reforms by saying "our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you – America will always win." Among the former issues he also talked on education, immigration and energy. And then came Wall Street. In one statement Obama summed up almost every American's feelings of the future. "Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because Washington is broken."

He began his speech with the outline of American success in the last decade or so, and finished with a laundry list of improvements yet to come. It had a high sense of optimism throughout, along with an underlying tone of his previous campaign slogan: Change. There are articles within the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that give praise to Obama like blogger Jay Bookman, and those who point out every flaw in his speech like Calvin Woodward's Fact Check.  His hour long speech hit all walks of life – past, present and future – with an impacting voice that American's know all too well.