January 29, 2010

Obama Adresses the Union

This week, Americans around the country watched President Obama’s first State of the Union Address. Obama discussed issues such as healthcare, the economy, and education.

Many Americans are still anxiously awaiting the change that Obama promised when he first ran for president. Kelly and Julian Webb of Aurora are huge supporters of our commander in chief. They acknowledge that change doesn’t happen over time.

“With these State of the Union speeches, they’re giving directions, a new path so it’s gonna take some time,” said Julian.

The couple anxiously watched the state of the Union Address, eager to find out more about some puzzling issues facing our nation.

President Obama spoke about clean energy and creating new jobs.

“We should put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities & give rebates to Americans who make their homes more energy efficient, which supports clean energy jobs,” Obama proposed in his address.

Kelly agrees with the proposal. “One of the issues I was concerned about was unemployment and creating new jobs and also building up the economy,” she said. “So I think he’s doing those and getting us in the right direction.”

“With creating jobs, going towards these other areas of creating renewable energy, creating green buildings & things of that nature, it’s very important,” Julian said.

The President also emphasized the importance of investing in education and making higher education more affordable, stating “Let’s tell another 1 million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans and and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years.”

Julian, who graduated college in 2000, supports this proposal. He’s still paying off his college loans. “You get a huge amount of debt just from educating yourself and trying to better yourself.”

Obama also discussed health reform, government spending, and equal pay for men and women in the workforce.

Whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, or Independent, our Commander in Chief says we can all count on one thing…

“A new year has come, a new decade stretches before us. We don’t quit. I don’t quit!” Obama expressed at the end of his speech. The President said he’ll be taking his message on the road to numerous cities throughout the country.


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