Thank you Mr. President. President Obama’s State of the Union address relieved some of my jitters. As the captain of our ship, President Obama reassured us that we are not lost in the storm. He assured us that we are on the right course, even if it doesn’t appear so right now. It’s always darkest before the day.
Obama stressed that we as Americans do not lose hope in hard times. We keep on pushing to get the job done. He needed to address the lightening bolt speed in which we now expect results. Rome was not built in a day. The mess we’re in will not go away in one either. Intellectually that may be true. Emotionally we need results sooner rather than later. Sometime this year some job relief must be seen. It must be measurable results. President Obama spoke long and hard about jobs. Yes, he’s listening to us.
I was glad to hear him say that no one was pleased about bailing out Wall Street and the banks. He likened it to having a root canal. He clearly felt our pain on that one. As far as General Motors and Chrysler, he and I will just have an agreement to disagree. I want to hear and see him do for regular Americans what he did for Wall Street and the others. Bail us out too.
Obama acknowledged that he can’t go it alone. We need help across the party aisles. We also can’t do it without President Obama becoming a little, no a lot more involved in the process. I hope he has seen by now he cannot just let Congress and the Senate alone to their own devises. He cannot just show up at the last minute to attempt to right a wrong path, as was done in health care legislation. Regardless of separation of powers, he needs to be more hands on with our legislators. He owes us that. When adults act like children, you have to adjust your pattern. And yes, our legislators act like children. In President Obama’s words, “just saying no to everything” is not good leadership. It’s what a two year old does every day.
I was happy to hear about reducing student loans in payment amount and repayment time. No one should be impoverished just because they received a higher education. I’ve been shocked to hear the monthly payment on some students loans equal a mortgage payment or more.
I chuckled at his idea of America doing more exporting. No offense but we need to improve the quality and the way we make our goods before more countries will want to buy them. There is a reason why we lose some jobs overseas. That one is a little more complicated to fix overnight or in 4 years.
Our journey to recovery is going to take longer. It will still be painful for us. Yet, I feel hopeful that help is on the way. Only time will tell the story.