President Obama’s, 2012 State of the Union Address was a fired up, emphatic speech burning with passion and inspiration. His speech was over an hour and it was packed with innovative ideas, plans, and policies with a theme of, “An American Built to Last.”

President Obama from the beginning as a presidential candidate has always emphasized change, and his belief that his job is to ensure that everyone in the country receives economic and political fairness. He has always been a proponent of shrinking the gap between rich and poor, and help jobless Americans get work and keep their homes.

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” says President Obama.

Many Republicans on the other side of the fence label the president as a populist and a socialist. They also argue that the country is worse off in the last three years under the president’s administration, but they know that statement is not true.  Some of the Republican candidates are telling the country that the president has not created any new jobs, but again they know it is not a true statement.

It was obvious that in this State of the Union Address the president was determined to set the record straight, and step on some toes. President Obama asserts that the country is getting stronger and the American dream is within our reach. He spoke of restoring basic goals such as, owing a home, earning enough to raise a family, and putting a little money away for retirement.

“We can do this, I know we can. Now you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense,” said the president. Throughout the entire speech the lawmakers would jump to their feet and applaud the president, when he made a powerful point.

Even the Republicans during certain points that the president made were motivated to applaud. When the president talked about improving our ability to be self-sufficient in terms of energy, and increasing the drilling for oil in the country, the Republicans loudly applauded this point.

During this speech, the president took the time to blow his horn and do some bragging. “In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than 3 million jobs, and manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since 2005. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like this never happens again,” says President Obama.

The Republicans and the conservatives can continue to argue that the president is spinning his wheels and achieving very little, but again that statement is false. They know that Osama Bin Laden has been killed, the unemployment rate is 8.5% and going down and there has been 22 months of job and economic growth. The war in Iraq has ended, and he has saved the auto industry and 1.5 million jobs.

“No we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward and lay out a blueprint for an economy built on American manufacturing,” says the president.

It is obvious that President Obama may have to drag the stubborn Republicans and conservatives along fighting and screaming, but he is determined to get the job done. Imagine what could happen in the Congress and the country, if we focused on the mission at hand and we worked together.

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