The President’s Plan
Professor John White
March 4th, 2013
The President’s Plan
The President is a head of the state, and he is responsible for representing the nation. His main task is to present the main political ideas and goals of the American people. According to the system of check and balances, the President of the United States needs to report on his agenda as well as the condition of the state. Every year, he delivers the State of the Union Address. Barack Obama was recently reelected; that is why his Inauguration speech and State Address of 2013 is worth comparing.
In fact, there are many similar ideas expressed in both speeches. For example, they are both focused on the internal problems such as state’s economy, taxes, ecological problems, employment, and education. In addition, they also include different foreign policy issues. Thus, Obama analyzes war in Iraq, international economy and its export and import goals, and highlights on the main areas the United States needs to strengthen cooperation with.
First of all, Barack Obama begins his Inauguration speech expressing some basic ideas of the U.S. Constitution. He cites the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” (“Inaugural Address”, 2013). It is also essential to mention that the State of the Union Address also starts with the idea of constitutionalism. Thus, Obama cites John F. Kennedy who declared “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress” (“State Address”, 2013). In fact, it is necessary to start the speech highlighting the main standpoints of American nation.
Then, Obama covers important economical topics. In his Inauguration speech, he stresses on economic recovery of the country. The same idea is expressed in his next...
References: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. (2013, January 21). Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama. Retrieved from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama
The Guardian (2013, February 13). State of the Union Address 2013 – full text. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/13/state-of-the-union-full-text
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