State of the Union

January 25, 2011 § 3 Comments

I loved the speech. My only question is can the government deliver? Here are some quotes if you missed it.

“When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance.”

“It’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.”

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”

“We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business.”

“Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.”

“And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home.”

If you preach it, you must live it. If you agree with President Obama that we must celebrate winner of science fairs, like we do Super Bowl contenders, let’s invest more in book and science fairs than football jerseys. Lets raise the attendance of Spelling Bees.

You want to put politics aside and work on a plan to bring the conomy up, good luck. I can’t flip the TV to a channell that doesn’t mention liberal and conservative, or campaign ads attacking the opposite party…that seems to be the only importance. Everyone’s agenda is to convince a political leader is a socialist, and to side with them, the conservative (See: Glenn Beck).

I disagree President Obama. There is no way this is our “generation’s Sputnik moment.” We praise Kim K, Soulja Boy, and Gucci Mane, give anyone a TV show, and fight for the legalization of drugs. This is the generation of BET: where the people who hate it, actually LIVE what they show on TV!

Overall it was a pretty vague speech. Nothing new was said, was a repeat of the 1st State of the Union. We know exactly what we need to do, let’s act on it.


What are your thoughts on the State of the Union?


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§ 3 Responses to State of the Union

  • Emma says:

    Well for one thing, i did find out my husband should be leaving Iraq in July now rather then September! So bonus points for Obama… lets see if it last

    but i thought the speech was more like a pep rally then telling us his plans for the coming year which worries me..

  • segun says:

    I agree with u Bab, it was optimistic and motivating but that is where it ends. He didn’t provide any concrete formula on how we are going to create jobs, stay competitive in the 21st century, etc. He talked about a dream in which America out-built, out-innovated, out-educated the world. First of how do we plan to out build growing economies like the BRIC, Brazil, Russia, India, China when we don’t produce anymore, we have become a nation of services. If he provided solutions like giving stiffer trading clauses to nations that don’t trade fairly with us, giving stiffer tax rates to companies that outsource labor to other countries, then i would applaud him. Out-innovate? How can we do that when we dont protect our inventions through patents and copyrighting. Our ideas are taken and duplicated in other countries like China that has their own Facebook, (QQ), Google (Baidu), Twitter (TaoTao) the only thing they havent copied is Linkedin which I promise they will do before year end. We have to protect our inventions so that we can reap the full benefits of innovations and grow our economy. Out-educate? As he mentioned we are 9th in Math and Science in the world but i suspect it is way lower. We spend less time in school then the other nations per year. We need to lower summer holidays to two weeks and get these children in school to study more updated books that should be web-based. When it comes to education there are so many things the government, teachers and parents can do to provide our children with better education. I would even throw banning shows like 16 and pregnant, Skins, more educational video games, etc.

    • Mr. Bab says:

      Great comment.

      Yes, it was a pretty vague speech. Hopefully in the coming weeks he and his admin. will present an outline with the Repubs. on how to “out educate, out innovate” etc. And on the updated textbooks, good thing we have Perry to whitewash our textbooks! Yippie!

      Ban TV shows? That’s a bit overboard to me…sounds like a radical conservative!

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