Did president Obama tell the American people the truth in his ''state of the union'' speech tonight?
Much of the speech again was about himself, complaining about his inheriting a mess when he and the democrat super majority took over full control of our nations future.President Obama forgot the promises he made before he was elected.
bipartisanship , transparent government, riding Washington of lobbyist,no approval of earmarks, jobsand reducing government spending..
"Truth....you can't handle the truth." Plus, I'm not convinced he knows....
You mean the speech someone else wrote for him? Who knows - I didn't listen. Based on the fact that little we hear from politicians is ever the truth, I'm guessing, "no".
No he recycled a lot of the same rhetoric. There was a lot of double-speak when you consider that much of what he asked for he campaigned on and failed to provide it in the last year. Transparency? Only when it's convenient and doesn't show the backroom deals with lobbyists even though he promised otherwise.
Show earmarks online so citizens can comment? A lot of good that will do. How about you use your veto Mr. Obama? Isn't that one of the Presidential powers or did the "Being a President for Dummies" book not include that part?
Allow me to deconstruct your gripe run-on sentence by run-on sentence.
"Much of the speech again was about himself, complaining about his inheriting a mess..."
He wasn't complaining about inheriting a mess. He was stating that he came into presidency during hard times intending to make them better, that he knows things are bad enough that this will take time. A President doesn't run during hard times and then be unhappy about those hard times.
"...when he and the democrat super majority took over full control of our nations future."
A super majority doesn't mean much when every piece of legislature gets walled out by the opposing party. Politicans in general have control over the legal running of the nation, regardless of what party is elected at what level.
"President Obama forgot the promises he made before he was elected. bipartisanship..."
It truly is difficult to produce bipartisanship when, after repeated efforts, the other side refuses to cooperate. I'm not just talking saying that the Republicans are the only ones to blame, but they're fully unwilling to cooperate in anything.
@Lisa HW: One of our President's greatest skills is speech making. And, if you don't listen, you have little room to comment on what you haven't heard, no?
@Jeffrey Neal: His rhetoric is reused because he still has the same goals that he set in place when he ran for the presidency. A year isn't long at all in political terms--bureaucracy is a tangled mess and takes time to work, especially when you try for the large reforms that President Obama is putting up for discussion and voting.
In Clinton's first year, his attempts at allowing openly homosexual and bisexual men and women resulted in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell bill, which I suspect is the opposite of what he was going for.
He made a move on his health care reform, which was one of his major stances. We see how that ended. His bailouts--though some debate them--kept our heads up from a depression, and as I've seen other hubbers in red states attest, their Republican officials took the bailout money and used it for necessary things like fixing infrastructure.
Much as people at home seem to be polarized over him, Obama has given the US an image with other countries that the last administration thoroughly ruined. I see this as progress.
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