Go America! Go 2015!
President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union Address this past Tuesday, January 20th. It was, as expected, a speech of optimism and hope, emphasizing the achievements and future goals of America.
Personally, I usually do not take a great interest in political practices, but I had to admit [from a very neutral and objective point of view] that President Obama’s was actually kind of nice (BEST PART AT 57:22). Yes, it was slightly one-sided, however I think that we too should have a time when we can acknowledge our successes (to however degree you may believe them to be).
One aspect of President Obama’s speech that I rather liked was the way in which he implemented real people’s stories to provide evidence and credibility for his thought and future aspirations. The story of Rebekah and Ben who worked and persevered endlessly to sustain for their future child. Their story is not an accurate illustration of most middle-class and lower-class families lives, but their story does relay inspiration. It was really cool to also see Scott Kelly because I had just read an article about him a few weeks ago. He has a twin brother who was also a previous astronaut. In order to help with scientific research, Scott Kelly will spend a year in space while his brother will stay on the Earth. They will both be monitored and scientists will be able to study the effects of space travel on human beings.
Also, maybe it was just the video that I viewed, but I thought that the statistics/pictures/quotes slide show that played simultaneously with President Obama’s speech was very easy to reference. The various graphs were well-made to support the President’s claims. Some of the pictures helped to stress patriotism, duty, and hope.
But in all, what I most respected about President Obama’s speech was his acknowledgement of our failures, that he did not merely romanticize and disregard these negative aspects. By doing this, he was able to more effectively underscore the importance of cooperation, the importance of equal opportunities for those willing to work hard, the importance of providing what we need for the children, the future generations of America and therefore provide a strong foundation in which to bolster his proposals.
Not everyone is a Republican. Not everyone is a Democrat. In all sincerity, there are people like me who still don’t even know the differences between the two parties. There will always be consent but there will also always be opposition. But what our nation really needs is to find a way in which to triumph over the barriers that arise because of our differences.
“Let’s begin this new chapter – together – and let’s start the work right now.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless this country we love.”
Check out President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address: