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President Barak Obama delivers the State of The Union speech

Updated on September 26, 2016

President Barak Obama delivered the State of The Union speech to Congress and the nation on Jan 25,2011.The Obama speech lasted 52 minutes in reporting to the nation on his accomplishments and goals for the remainder of his presidency.

The President after the November 2010 election does not have a majority Democrat controlled Congress to work with as in the past 2 years. The 111th Congress after the 2010 election is now composed of a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a Democrat majority in the Senate remains since 2007..

President Barak Obama called for a new day of cooperation and unity in the 112th Congress. The President said ‘’ we will move forward together or not move at all’’ and ‘’ what comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight but whether we can work together tomorrow’’. Another notable quote was ‘’the future is ours to win’’. Is the President starting the 2012 campaign by putting the Republicans on notice?

The Obama speech of 2011 was similar to his speech 2 years ago in which he pledged to reduce spending, invest in infra structure, education, new energy and jobs all with the help of a Democrat majority controlled Congress .Sounds familiar to 2009 when the President pledged to cut the National Debt in half by the end of his term.

Addressing the Economy: President Barak Obama spoke of new public private investments in alternate energy ‘’green energy’’, electric cars, education, high speed bullet train systems , solar, wind and nuclear energy and the rebuilding of the nations infra structure, all of which will create millions of jobs. A sad statistic nationwide is that 25% of our high school students will drop out of school before they graduate. In some low income schools the drop out rate is 50% or more.

President Obama stated that any new bills coming before him with earmarks will be vetoed. In 2009,the President also promised to veto legislation with earmarks. He didn’t perform then, as he promised, so time will tell if President Obama will keep his word this time. Senator Reid commented ‘’ a lot of pretty talk’’ in regard to the President’s statement on earmarks .

President Obama proposes to raise taxes on oil , natural gas and coal industries. One should note that the oil industry has practically been shut down due to new government regulations and presidential moratoriums on oil and gas drilling.

The rising cost of oil and gasoline is a problem for the economy. For the United States not to use our own natural resources before using foreign suppliers is irresponsible, unconscionable and a travesty. Obama and the Democrats keep telling us ‘’ we must wean ourselves off the need of foreign oil ‘’ really.

The solar panel, wind turbine industries have been highly subsidized with taxpayer money ( $9 billion of stimulus money ) in addition to the production of etynol and the electric car production. President Obama stated that by 2015 there will be 1 million electric cars in the marketplace. THAT ALL SOUNDS GOOD except for recent increases in the cost of food, poultry, milk , meat, gas prices and other commodities which are of deep concern to the taxpayers.

The President went on to briefly speak of foreign affairs mentioning China, South Korea and Tunisia. President Barak Obama stressed the need for the US to educate our youth , to encourage innovation and to out do the rest of the world in biomedical research and information technology such as the internet.

President Barak Obama commented on his accomplishments of the past 2 years. The majority Democrat controlled Congress passed legislation on ‘’ don’t ask don’t tell’’, the ‘’Salt agreement ‘’with Russia, new regulations in the Banking industry, took control of the Student Loan program, passed an extension of the George W. Bush Tax cuts of 2003 coupled with an extension of unemployment benefit’s ,

The Pay-Go bill, increased National Debt limits 2 times up to the present $14.3 trillion and the Healthcare Reform Bill. Recently the newly elected Republican controlled House of Representatives successfully voted to repeal Obama Healthcare Reform legislation. In the Senate, Senator Reid has stated that he will not put a Healthcare Repeal bill on the floor. The Republican minority vowed to have all Senators vote on repealing Obamacare. To deny any elected officials the right to vote on legislation of any kind is contrary to ones constitutional rights. Apparently some members in Congress have forgotten why they were sent to Washington.

The President was disappointed that in his first 2 years not to get approval of a Cap and Trade bill, the Dream Act and Immigration Reform. President Obama’s political goal’s for the remainder of his term are to increase the workforce, have a 5 year freeze on non discretionary spending ( last year he said 3years ), simplify the tax rate for businesses, consolidate some government agencies, revise some government regulations , reduce the deficit and concentrate on creating jobs

The dream act if passed would have given citizenship to children brought to the US by their illegal parents. The President also said that the government will enforce the immigration laws, really.

Note that since President Obama has been in office, 159 new agencies were created, the National Debt has risen $ 3.1 trillion from 2009, the size of government has increased 20%(the government controls 60% of the economy), has created or saved 400,000 jobs (public sector jobs ) and lost millions of jobs in the private sector, multi trillion deficit spending in 2009,2010 and 2011.The CBO reported that the deficit in 2011 (no budget was approved for 2011) is estimated to be $1.48 trillion. Now the people know why there was no mention of the 2011 budget before the 2010 election.

The future of our nation rest on the leadership of President Barak Obama and the 112th Congress. The President is urging Congress to raise the national debt limits above the $14.3 trillion ceiling so as not to default on loan payments and shutting down the government. The challenge to do the right thing rests with the newly elected 112th Congress. To raise the debt ceiling will not be the first but the third time in the Obama Administration it would be raised.

President Obama neglected to comment on findings of the debt Commission’s report. He spoke of reducing the deficits but he never explained as to what would specifically be cut. A past President once said ‘’ bigger government is not the solution but bigger government is the problem’’, our President needs to wake up to reality.

In 2009 President Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress passed a $787 billion Stimulus Bill to stimulate( an investment) the economy and put people back to work. The unemployment rate was 7.8% in 2009. The promises was that unemployment would not go over 8% and that shovel ready jobs would jump start the economy. Today the cost of the Stimulus Bill has gone up to $1 trillion and yet unemployment is 9.7% and some 14.5 million workers remain out of work. The Stimulus money ( taxpayer ) in some cases been has been misappropriated , unaccountable and full of government waste projects.

Stimulus taxpayer money has gone to many States to pay for the public workforce (union teachers ,police ,fireman and pension accounts that were under funded ), increase of government benefits, Medicaid ( healthcare for the poor ), earmarks of select Congressman, huge subsidies to the solar, wind , electric car industry and other alternate fuel industries.

President Obama recently admitted to the New York Times that there were no shovel ready job as he had stated in 2009. Major news media commentators were not impressed with President Obama’s State of the Union Speech The consensus was that it appeared similar to the previous ones in which statements that he made were found to be inaccurate. The President appeared to be moving somewhat to a center position as did past President Bill Clinton. The President needs to act in the manner that he speaks.

OBAMA HAS BROUGHT CHANGE TO WASHINGTON but it’s not the change that he campaigned on and why the voters voted for him, sad to say.

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    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      3 years ago from usa


      Three years and not too much has changed. Democrats took control of Congress ( House an Senate) followed by , in 2009, Obama and the Dems taking a super majority ( filibuster proof in Senate)control of our government. Today 5/22/16, even with the Republicans now having majority control of Congress.

      Republican voters are angry with the Republicans in Congress for not making the changes that they ran out in the past elections. The conservative media hashad a field day of denouncing their efforts to fulfill their promises. Shame on them, really.

      Sad situation because they fail to remember the Constitution. CIVIL 101,checks and balances of the 3 offices, President, House and Senate. The House and Senate passes legislation , forwards legislation to President for signature.

      The Democrats still continue control 2/3s of our government (2007-2016) even with the Republicans having control of Congress, How can that be?

      The Senate Dems have the power of filibuster to deny the Republicans to get a 60 votes to move leglislation, FACT. Second sernerio, Congress passes legislation, the President VETOES. In ORDER to override a president's veto, the Senate requires 66 votes.The Republicans have only 54 Senators, they would need 12 Democrats votes to IMPEACH.

      Moral of story ,Barak Obama and Democrats RULE (2009-2016.

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      6 years ago from usa


      4/23/13 an update Congratulations President Obama on your 2nd term

      2009 unemployment 7.8%, 2013 unemployment 7.8%

      8.3 million more unemployed since 2009 recovery ?

      2009-2012 Administration Oil Strategy Contributes to Price Increases

      How Federal Spending Would Be Cut Under the Sequester

      2/25/13 Sequester - The Three Things you need to know

      President Obama Proposed the Sequester


      President Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Plan “Balance” not true

      just a reminder 10 Pay Go Law

      The President lied? Just follow the LAW

      Barak Obama Campaign Promises

      Obama promised hope and change will be coming to Washington

      to be continued

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      6 years ago from usa


      Nov.13,2012 update.

      President Obama won the the election for a second term. For those who voted for him, they have enjoyed a victory. Mitt Romney accepted the defeat like a true gentleman of which he is.

      The President met with union leaders and George Soros groups to discuss what demands that the unions will be requesting from the government and business.

      On wed. 11/14/12, big business leaders will be meeting with the President to disuss the '' falling off the cliff'' situation coming on Jan.2,2013. On thurs., the President meets with Congressional leaders, CLOSED DOOR as usual. Just wondering whose side the President will take in those discussions? IS OUR GOVERNMENT GOING TO LEAD BY A DICTATOR? Hopefully Congress will get going and resolve the pending disaster that they created last year and the year before, $5.4 trillion of deficit.The joke on the American people is that Congress and the President has to cut $1.5trillion in 10 years. Senator Colburn has a solution, somehow Congressional leaders are deaf and brain dead.

      COBURN REPORT 9 million ways to balance the budget CUT WASTE

      Barak Obama Campaign Promises 4 YRS. AGO

      The reform legislation that Obama and the majority

      democrat party

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      6 years ago from usa


      Revealing the truth is in direct conflict with the propaganda on the web and the whitehouse website. Somehow they have discovered that '' the truth will set you free''.

      Obama practices Chicago style power politics, better believe it. Clinton was pretty go but Obama is number one without a doubt.

      Thank you for posting your replies..

    • tsadjatko profile image

      6 years ago from now on

      Jon I notice you don't seem to get any loony left hubbers commenting on your hubs you think it is because you overwhelm them with indisputable facts or is it just that they see you are from Chicago and figure you have to be pretty formidable to be tackling these subjects from Obama's back yard! Either way it is refreshing to read and learn without having to try to ignore their nonsense because there is no reasoning with them.

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      6 years ago from usa


      8/21/12, an update

      The 2012 election campaign has begun with the selection of Congressman Ryan as the Republican Vice President nominee for the Republican party. The Romney Ryan ticket is running on platform of providing jobs, fixing the economy and a plan to make Medicare solvent for future generations. Congressman Ryan said in acceptance speech ’’ we will tell you the truth’’ was an interesting highlight of his speech. In order to clarify the misinformation about the Ryan plan by the other party, check these links.


      Ryan and Van Hollen Debate Medicare Proposals 6/3/11 '' THE TRUTH ''

      Rep. Paul Ryan defends GOP budget plan

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      7 years ago from usa



      President Obama is on the 2012 campaign trail.Just another update.

      Obama Health Reform Insurance

      On 3/3/10 President Barak Obama presented his Health Reform

      Insurance plan

      Senate Democrats Vote No To Extend The Payroll Tax Deduction

      Republicans proposed a bill that would extend the pay roll deductions without increasing the deficit.

      REFORM Barak Obama and Current News Articles HEALTHCARE d the FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM


      Study claims Obama's health care law would raise deficit

      OBAMA needs to be reminded of the Pay-Go law that he signed in 2010.Any new spending requires cuts in budgeted monies.For the past 3.5 years there has been no budgets passed and signed by the President.The Republican controled House has passed 2 budgets since taking control of 1/2 of Congress. The Senate fails to allow the budget process to continue.

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      7 years ago from usa

      MEET THE PRESS ms nbc


      Rep. Van Hollen & Rep. Ryan debate the economy


      Key Lawmakers on Extending Payroll Tax Cut

      Sens. Coburn, Conrad on 'Fox News Sunday'

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      Obama spoke of the economy and the bump in the road. A wonderful speech but as usual his actions are just the opposite.Congressman Weiner's problems were a distraction to the real problems facing the nation.

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      The Obama administration has approved over 1500 waivers to Obamcare, most of which were union affiliated plans. Recently 23 companies and unions were exempted from the legislation, 20% of those GRANTED on that day were in Congresswomen Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. How convenient for the Democrat leader. Remember when than Speaker Pelosi said ‘’ we need to pass the bill so that we can see what’s in it ‘’

      On 5/24/11 a report on the Stimulus Funding was presented to some members of Congress. Senator Coburn is calling for a investigation as to why companies and non profits were given stimulus funds who owe the government federal taxes. It appears that 3700 contractors and non profits doing work for the government received $24 billion of stimulus funds.

      Senator Coburn wants to know as to why and how the grants were given when the companies were tax delinquent. It would not look good for the Obama Administration if the companies had made large donations to the 2008 presidential campaign.

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      News Of The Day

      Since President Barak '' I'' Obama took office in Jan 2009 the following

      events have happened .

      1. Medicaid costs increased 54% stamp distribution(43,000 members) up 60%

      3.A gallon of gasoline up 100%4.

      4. Social Security will be broke in 2018

      5. Homeowner mortgages 28% underwater

      6.Housing market medium home prices fell 4.6%

      Values dropped for 57 consecutive months

      7. Inflation up 3.2%

      8. Price of hamburger meat was $1.29 now $3.50 per pound

      9. The National Debt ceiling $14.3 trillion was reached recently.

      Government wants to borrow $2 trillion from federal employees pension

      funds to keep afloat to 8/2/11

      10. unemployment closing in on 10% again

      11.THE Medicare trust fund will be broke in 2024

      The Ryan budget proposal changes in Medicare wouldn’t happen until

      2021 ( a good estimate ?)

      12 There is more to be listed as time goes by

      The obama administration claims that the economy has gotten better and

      improving. Just wondering where they are getting their information?

      Hang in there with Obama and Company, they need more time to fix the

      problems that they inherited from the last Congress and President Bush.

      How would you RATE the last 29 months of the Obama/ Democrat controlled


    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa

      Harvey Stelman

      Thanks for the comments and nice hearing from you.

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Jon, A vote up, and awesome! You are an excellent writer, and you lay things out better than they do on TV. I have no idea what people expect from a nothing. Still many stay lost in their ideology. Great job. H

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      I said (''For the United States not to use our

      own natural resources before using foreign suppliers is

      irresponsible, unconscionable and a travesty. Obama and

      the Democrats keep telling us ‘’ we must wean ourselves

      off the need of foreign oil ‘’ really.)

      When will the US government wake up to rising oil prices?The country needs jobs, lower oil prices and we need to avert a disaster in the recovery of our economy.

      Damm those who are political brain dead and just plain stupid in our government in Washington

    • JON EWALL profile imageAUTHOR

      JON EWALL 

      8 years ago from usa


      WITH THE CRISIS IN EGYPT, the US Government needs to allow the oil and gas industries to ramp up production.

    • LiamBean profile image


      8 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      It's a good read Jon. I gave it a "useful."


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