State of the Union Reflection

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Erik Young
CP Government
January 25, 2012
State of the Union Reflection
After watching the state of the union address given by President Obama, the speech got me thinking and evaluating how well the president has done thus far into his term. The president interacted with the congress very well throughout the speech. Every time he paused, the audience would give him a standing ovation. He even tried to throw a bit of humor into the speech by saying “…milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.” So for his ability to connect with his audience in congress, I award him an 8 out of a possible 10 points.

The president was able to give a vision of the future to the American people. He said that he was willing to sign off on certain bills that would cut costs and help the country. He said that certain bills would help cut the deficit of the nation by almost half a trillion dollars. He was able to bring in people from outside the congress that had been laid off from work for being either overqualified or just because that company had to let people go from their payrolls. He told congress about his plans to help people by adding certain programs to colleges to help people gain the skills needed to get jobs in this America. He wants to help teachers and cut costs of college tuitions so students would be encouraged to stay in school. For this part I award the president 9 out of 10 points. In my opinion, there were not any parts of this speech that were too political. The jobs that he had talked about sparked my interest of this speech. When he was talking about how all of the jobs were added, it made me think because my dad had been laid off for over a year and was just hired in November. Overall, I would give President Obama a grade of A. I only gave him an A because he was not perfect in some of his parts and not up to A+ standard.
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