Skip to main content

Obama's State of the Union Address 2011

'Winning the future in America' was what President Obama discussed last night in his State of the Union speech.

So what did you think of the President's State of the Union address last night?

I think it was very well put together and very well thought out. I had to re-watch it again on YouTube today and here are some of the main points he discussed and my brief overview:

Tucson Arizona shootings
Other countries
Energy policy
Our nations infrastructure
Government spending

Other countries
Obama discussed how China and India are stepping up. People come here from other countries to better themselves

"America has the largest most prosperious economy in the world," he says.

Energy Policy
He discussed how a university is working on how to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars and being the first country to have millions of electric cars by 2015. He said this could lead to breaking our dependence on oil with bio fuels.

"Eliminate the billions of taxpayers dollars we currently give to oil companies...I don't know if you notced but they're doing just fine on their own," Obama said with a smile.

Obama discussed winning the race in educating our kids. Other nations are ahead of us and are coming here using our sources and advancing themselves while we are one step behind them. Obama said it himself that a quarter of Americans don't even graduate high school!

"We need to teach our kids that it's not just the winner of the Superbowl that deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair."

He discussed the no child left behind act, good schools all across the country, higher education  and making college affordable.

"There are people excelling in our schools who aren't even in our country and as soon as they get advanced education we send them back home to compete against us."

Our nations Infrastructure and Employment
China has faster trains and newer airports, Obama said. Other places have better roadways than us and we used to be the best but we're slipping. Obama wants to build up the construction industry which leads to rebuilding and  providing more jobs for the American people.

"We need to pick projects based on what's best for the economy not politicans."

Obama said our government spends more than it takes in and we need to cut on excessive spending, which is true. New Jersey is broke so why are people so set on the ARC tunnel project which we already spent millions on?

We can talk about rebuilding America everyday but we need to make it happen. The points he laid out were good points, speeches are nice to give us hope but I need to see it happen.

The President was talking about employment when in fact many people are still losing their jobs or can't find work, like employees who work for the turnpike. These jobs are being lost as Ez-Pass systems continue taking over leaving few toll booth workers.

I also recently heard from a source that companies like Merck are paying people in other countries cheaper money then they would pay an American to work. 

Americans train these people from other countries when they come to visit here and then they go back to their country just to take our spots. This is called outsourcing. How are things like this helping Americans get jobs when other nations will work for less?

Yes last year Obama improved Health Care, the insurance companies and making sure credit card companies aren't taking advantage of their customers anymore. Uninsured students can now stay on their parents coverage and prescription is cheaper for senior citizens.

Something really needs to be done about this unemployment issue. Yes I think it's important to maintain partnerships with other countries but other nations are benefiting from what they learn from our country and using it to their advantage. I don't know what is going to happen to us.

Responses to President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"The President's call for an increased investment in our nation's infrastructure is critical to America's continued economic recovery. I strongly support the President's agenda, which will make us more competitive and create jobs...." - U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg

"President Obama made his annual trip to Capitol Hill tonight to once again claim that growing our economy and putting Americans back to work is his top priority. While I remain an optimist and give him the benefit of the doubt, I believe substance always trumps rhetoric. It's time to stop talking and start taking real action that puts Americans back to work and jumpstarts our floundering economy." - Rep. Scott Garrett

Listen to Obama's speech below if you missed it last night: