Made in America: State Of The Union 2015
‘An economy for all,’ President Barack Obama iterated throughout his sixth State of the Union speech Tuesday evening. President Obama’s eloquence has reverberated in our ears and touched our hearts since before setting foot in the White House. The political turmoil of the last six years has been visible; we have watched a once spirited and vibrant young Senator from Illinois transform into a tired, frustrated, and discouraged American President and leader of the free world.
State Of The Union 2015
But tonight America tuned in to hear the state of a nation from an alternative perspective, from a voice that challenged our past and looked ahead to a brighter future that is “ours to write.” Tonight, we were asked to dust ourselves off from the mistakes and gridlock, and appeal to each other’s “basic decency instead of our basest fears.” President Obama ensured that his second to last State of the Union address would look ahead to possibility and purpose, using words to inspire hope, like being “young and in love in America.”
Detailing the nation’s progress, POTUS pointed to maintaining fewer than 15,000 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding 11.2 million private-sector jobs in the past 58 months, reaching an all time low high school drop out rate, booming bedrock sectors, and resolving to lower the cost of community college to zero. “The shadow of crisis has passed,” America’s leader affirmed.
We must focus on moving forward, making greater progress in infrastructure and climate change, cyber security and equality, using the past as a critical moment to reflect on who we want to be. POTUS’s speech encompassed the qualities of an outgoing two-term president, contemplating his legacy and signaling to his successors, yet speaking directly to a Republican-controlled Congress. “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another,” President Obama admonishes, “or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?”
Beckoning Congress to remember the core of America — what defines the pillar of leadership — President Obama urged his audience to recall our values and define them both home and abroad. “Looking to the future instead of the past. Making sure we match out power with diplomacy…” POTUS ushered Congress (referencing JFK’s vision to “match [America’s] military strength with our moral restraint”) to lead the world in the direction of peace.
Our once exhausted yet tireless President presented a vision for who the United States could be and what the United States could achieve. President Obama appeared strong in the look ahead, hopeful of the “big-hearted generosity” of the American people, who every day, “live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper…,” reminding us that we all have a common responsibility to once again making America great.