Obama’s SOTU Address: Then and Now

On January 28, 2014, President Obama delivered his 6th State of the Union address. It addressed many issues facing America right now. The issue that he wanted to address the most was about creating jobs in America. He also wanted to help with families that have financial problems. He wanted equal care and education for all Americans. There are many things that differ from his latest speech to his very first speech back in 2009.

The big difference between the two speeches is that their main idea was different. In 2009, his biggest issue was the economy because was coming off a crash on Wall Street in 2008. The economic state in America was very bad. Many people’s houses were being foreclosed and regular day items were more expensive than ever. Obama wanted to make America recover quickly and come out of it stronger than ever. He wanted the banks of America to lend money to the people who need it. He said, “It’s not about helping banks; it’s about helping people.”

The big issue that Obama addressed, in his latest speech, was that he wanted to create more jobs in America, for Americans. He wanted big businesses to create more jobs in America and give more job opportunities to the unemployed so they have a second chance at supporting their families. He focused on how American companies need to create more jobs for Americans and how everyone should have an equal opportunity to getting a job. He said, “I’ve been asking CEO’s to give more long-term unemployed workers a fair shot at new jobs, a new chance to support their families.” He also mentions that “We can take the money we save from this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes — because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.” He argues that more jobs that help America will make America a better country.

One topic that the two speeches have in common is the issue of health care. In 2009, Obama stressed that the cost for health care was too high and that struggling Americans couldn’t afford it. He said, “The cost of health care eats up more and more of our savings each year, yet we keep delaying reform….The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront the high cost of health care.” He says much more about how health care is too expensive and that it needs to be lowered so more Americans who need it can afford it. It was the next year (2010) that Obama introduced Obamacare: a new health care plan to provide health care for any Americans that couldn’t afford regular health care. In 2014, Obama says that Obamacare was a success and that “over 9 million Americans” have signed up for this new health care.

Another topic that was common in both speeches was about education. In 2009, Obama had three things that he said would have to be improved for America to become a better country: energy, health care, and education. He wanted good, proper education to be available for everyone in America. He said that schools across America need to be improved so they properly teach and prepare our children. He said that education is one of the main things that America needs to work on to help grow the economy. In 2014, he focuses more on being able to afford tuition for school and not owing student loan debt. He wants to put a cap on student loans to 10% of the students income. This would help with students being able to pay back their loans comfortably.

Looking back on what Obama said in 2009 and comparing it to what he said this year, not too many things have changed. He is still working on creating new jobs to help improve the economy, education, and improving America in general. Although somethings have changed such as, in 2009 he wanted a health care plan and by 2014 he had one that has been successful so far. Also, before 2014, China was the best country to invest in. Now, America is and that shows that what he wanted in 2009 has been improved by 2014.

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