Government of the people, by the people, for the people? Naaah.........
Jan 28, 2010
I don't know if it is the current situation in my personal life, my current age or my ever growing concern for this country as well as the rest of the world, that has made me pay more attention to political matters than ever before. Like many, I listened to President Obama's State of the Union address on January 27, 2010 and thought I would express some opinions here.The speech was very well written although I have always wondered how much of any presidential speech is actually written by the president himself. As usual, the speech was well read, being that Obama is very good at using his teleprompters in such a way that it barely looks like he is reading something. What I took from the speech is what I've taken from many of Obama's speeches which is, "I have many good ideas if only we (meaning the government) would work together to actually implement changes." I sense he's starting to get a bit frustrated. My belief that Obama may have just too much common sense and concern for the general masses of this country, makes him seem like an odd president. I'm not saying he's a bad president, he just seems out of place in a government that runs primarily on greed and some past presidents who were more concerned about self gratification. If a government makes decisions with the underlining thought of "what's in it for me?", then the general populace of a country doesn't stand much of a chance for a good life. The president has many adviser's and doesn't make off the cuff decisions, so based on all that I have observed and his recent speech, I continue to believe that Mr. Obama sincerely cares about America and will continue to try and legislate positive changes for us all, however, I'm not holding my breath, since there are so many who could care less about their fellow man and that's why "change" may be slow if ever in coming. Check out my complete blog at http://middleagemeandering.blogspot.com/
I personally don't believe there's such a thing as 'clean coal'. Nor do I believe there is such a thing as 'safe nuclear energy'. Nevertheless, I want to know how we would recognize in real-time a President who would become beloved of the People; a President who would go down in history as a 'Great Man'. One man; Commander in Chief, and public servant to 300 million people who together, make up what we call the United States … more
I see what he is saying but I am hundreds of miles from home because his philosophy of gov't tanked my job at home. Helping small business is great, I ran one for 10 years but without manufacturing or something to market we might as well be a 3rd world country. We are a nation of consumers. We built that habit of consuming because of the manufacturing boom after WWII. It's real hard to be a consumer if you have no job. I have watched furniture factories, garment factories, paper … more
Interestingly enough, this same scenario unfolded in the UK in the early 1990s - the incumbent conservatives, which had become stale and unpopular were ousted by a young, charismatic liberal with ideas to change the fabric of society. If I were a cynical man, I might even think the Democrats' play book was lifted directly from Tony Blair's highly-orchestrated designs with 'New Labor". It too trundled along for a couple of terms before the public then realized that the only changes were higher … more
The 2010 State of the Union Address was given by United States President Barack Obama on January 27, 2010, to a joint session of Congress. It was aired on all the major networks starting at 9 PM ET. It was Obama's first State of the Union Address, though the president did give a non-State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress a month after taking office in 2009.
The speech was delivered on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in the United States Capitol. The presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Vice President Joe Biden (as Senate President) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat behind the president.
Among the topics that Obama covered in his speech were proposals for job creation and federal deficit reduction.
Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan was chosen as the designated survivor and did not attend the address, in order to keep a presidential line of succession should a catastrophic event have wiped out the administration.
Newly elected Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell delivered the Republican response following the speech.