State of the Union
On February 24, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his first address to the Congress and all of America. I read President Obama’s speech before I watched it on the computer. I wanted to read the speech before watching it so I could hopefully understand it better. I read through the speech a couple of times and even had a highlighter to highlight the main points. It was beneficial to read it first rather than watch it because I was able to stop and ask questions if I wasn’t sure what Obama was talking about. Some of the points in his speech were interesting to me, and overall I felt President Obama was concerned for all Americans. All through his speech he gives us hope, but also targets the nation’s fears, emotions and concerns. A point that President Obama gives is that he is not just a president, but a father. I think this statement reassures America. When you think of a father, you think of someone who is always going to be there for you and will not let you down. He is in a position of power that influences people and is a leading man. It is important to have a president who knows what the American people are going through and what we are feeling.
President Obama tells us what the problems are in America, and then he tells us they can become solved if we act upon them. He reinforces this point all through his speech. As president he said he can’t do everything on his own, we, all of America, have to come together and able to make a difference. He reiterates, there are many crises in America and they will just become worse if we don’t do anything about it.
There are three challenges President Obama addresses. I want to mention all of these challenges because I feel they are important. The first one he talks about is the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He knows that the economy is worsening and is affecting many Americans. He tells us the Recovery Plan is the first step of getting our economy back...