I am curious to see what everyone on Room Eight thought about last night's speech?
Personally, I thought President Obama hit it out of the park. BUT, I wonder if it was an overly ambitious speech as well.
Call me crazy, but after a big speech, I generally search for official statements made by our local representatives. I am always interested to see what their take on it was. The only one I have found so far is from Rep. Towns. He released an official statement last night, and I was honestly impressed. I will spare you the entire statement, but check this out:
A new day is here, and in the words of our President, ‘that day of reckoning has arrived.’ We have a lot of work to do. I join President Obama in believing that if we work together our nation can restore the American promise.
“For all of the TySheoma Bethea’s in communities all across America, we are not quitters.”
U.S. Rep. Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns Statement on President Barack Obama’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress
I have to say, that is a solid quote right there. Too bad the press doesn't pay much attention to Towns...
Oh, and for the record, here is my favorite portion of the President's speech:
I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves, that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity, for history tells a different story.
History reminds us that, at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big ideas.
In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one coast to another that spurred commerce and industry.
From the turmoil of the Industrial Revolution came a system of public high schools that prepared our citizens for a new age.
In the wake of war and depression, the GI Bill sent a generation to college and created the largest middle-class in history.
And a twilight struggle for freedom led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion of technology that still shapes our world.
In each case, government didn't supplant private enterprise; it catalyzed private enterprise. It created the conditions for thousands of entrepreneurs and new businesses to adapt and to thrive.
We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril and claimed opportunity from ordeal. Now we must be that nation again.