Last night the Kingwood Area Democrats had a State Of The Union Party to listen to our President and his intentions going forward. I asked Phillip McNutt what he expected of the speech before hand. His thoughts pretty much mimicked what most of us there expected.
Following the speech I asked many of those attending including Deborah Mowrey, Bruce Menke, Pam Spivey, Marc Croes, Gary Binderim, Cody Pogue (Democratic State Representative candidate for Texas district 127), Lori Christian, Diane White, Barbara Flannigan, & Fred their impressions of the speech. They were non too shy to express their approval of his message. These answers were videoed and submitted to CNN iReport and it made it into a story at CNN.com.
Our President spoke words that resonated with us all. We understand that the President cannot do it alone as he is but a vessel that we must fill. Our support will provide him the necessary propulsion to move this country in the appropriate direction. It is time for us to be focused and get busy in bringing a progressive result to the forthcoming election.
January 25th, 2012 12:38 PM ET
With his re-election at stake, President Obama in his State of the Union address late Tuesday said "no challenge is more urgent" than keeping the American dream alive.
He laid out his plan for reinvigorating the economy by again calling for the wealthy to pay more in taxes. He called for lowering corporate taxes and providing incentives for U.S. manufacturers to bring overseas jobs back to America, while ending tax breaks for businesses that continue to outsource. Obama also ordered his administration to open up 75% of potential offshore oil and gas resources. He also challenged Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform, and he called for legislation like the DREAM Act that offers children of illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military a path to possible citizenship.
Whether he can get a divided Congress to act on the issues he set forth Tuesday night will be a big question during his re-election campaign. As CNN contributor Julian Zelizer asks: Is the Obama presidency "built to last"? But perhaps the bigger issue is: Can Obama get the support of a frustrated nation behind him to give him another term?
When it comes down to it, it’s a question of whether America bought what Obama was pitching.
Zennie Abraham told CNN iReport that he was impressed by Obama’s State of the Union address, which he saw as a wholehearted and necessary embrace of a pro-U.S. trade policy.
"The President now realizes that nationalism is the one approach that will save America, whereas when he first took office, our allies, like France and Germany, were trying to talk him into maintaining the ‘free trade is good’ policy that has harmed America," Abraham said. "In doing so, Obama also hones his case for good old-fashioned Liberalism."