If you have a good internet connection, you can watch the video HERE.
If you want to only read the address, you can read it HERE
I hope all United Statesans will either read or watch it.
I did not have a good internet connection yesterday, some days are better than others here. However, I really, really wanted to watch it rather than read it, so I pretty much spent all day getting it loaded and watched.
I found myself wishing he had shown some of that dynamic energy the last couple of State Of The Unions. I was glad to hear some of what he wanted to do to move us forward from being mired in our past, but I felt like I was not really being leveled with as to the actual present state of the union. For instance, he said the worst of the recession is over. I can't see it. I don't see how it can be over, when I have not seen our companies bringing our jobs back from overseas, or those same companies not paying proper taxes. But he said it is over, so it is over, I guess.
I do not count Walmart hiring more part-time cashiers to ring up outsourced trash as bringing jobs back jobs.
He also, curiously enough, stated that we have clean air, clean water, and safe food. He said we have them because of strong protective laws put into place by previous administrations. My president, we do not have clean air, clean water, and safe food, because the wimpy laws put into place by previous administrations have been allowed to be completely trampled by corporations, by those previous administrations, AND by yours.
One thing I thought was wonderful was that even though our part in the wars is winding down (statements backed up by on-screen graphs) he was unwavering in restating our appreciation for the soldiers and families. He flat out said they will have the benefits they have earned. What a nice change from the ending of all our other wars, when the soldiers are no longer needed, they are no longer heeded.
And the sour-puss faces of the high ranking military officers were just priceless when the Commander in Chief stated that people would no longer be prevented from serving the country they love, because of WHO they love.
This is not meant to be a blow by blow accounting. Just an overall impression with some things that really stood out to me. The president was as ever, intelligent, and used gentle humour to make many of his points, like how the high-speed train would be able to move people at times faster than flying, without the pat-downs. Or like how we need to stop subsidizing the oil industry, it was doing just fine by itself.
All of the address was strongly yet calmly delivered, and most of it was backed up with photos, statistics, or graphs to illustrate what he was saying. All through it he made repeated calls for us to pull together out of our factions to tackle the problems that face us. I can only hope that we all will.