A Year of Action
I and many other Americans tuned in to watch the President deliver an optimistic and heartfelt address to the nation that placed hope back into the lives of American citizens. He very adamantly stressed points such as:Education-“…the White House just organized a College Opportunity Summit where already, 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofits have made concrete commitments to reduce inequality in access to higher education – and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus.”Women equality-“Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too.”Healthcare-“That’s what health insurance reform is all about – the peace of mind that if misfortune strikes, you don’t have to lose everything. Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans. More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage. Because of this law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain, or cancer.” Unemployment-“But average wages have barely budged.” …“Tonight, I’m announcing we’ll launch six more this year. Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create. So get those bills to my desk and put more Americans back to work.”He was assertive in making changes for Americans to live in a nation that is free for all to succeed. He calls 2014 "A Year of Action", which I couldn't agree with more because Americans at one point had given up on the strength of our government and to hear President Obama speak was extremely heartwarming. The most emotional part of his speech was the nation being introduced to the brave and patriotic Army Ranger Corey Remesburg. He almost gave his life defending the country and President Obama, the chamber, and all the Americans watching were able to praise him for his fearless efforts. President Obama used Army Ranger Remesburg as a metaphor to the struggles America has faced. President Obama states, “Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged. But for more than two hundred years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress – to create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement; to free other nations from tyranny and fear; to promote justice, and fairness, and equality under the law, so that the words set to paper by our founders are made real for every citizen.” Remsburg progress to live life again demonstrates the several stages it takes to be successful. He reminds us to stay encouraged and to never give up because in the end it will all be worth it.If you haven’t already watch or read the transcript of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address.
Source: Uptown Magazine online transcript; YouTube-WSJ Digital Network