Throughout his 2009 State of the Union address, President Obama focused heavily on reconstruction of the nation’s economy. The matter at hand was simply put by Obama: “People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway.” However, Obama acknowledged that “our economy did not fall into decline overnight.” He claimed that our survival as a country mainly depends on energy, affordable Healthcare, and opportunities for Americans to obtain a good education and, in turn, make a stable living. These key issues were also stressed by Obama in his 2014 address, this time alongside a variety of proposals for concrete solutions to the problems.
On energy, Obama proclaimed that America needs to invest in a clean-energy future. He revealed that domestic oil consumption is currently booming and still increasing, along with solar power and natural gas. To rep for his clean-energy plan, Obama said that in 2014, he will raise the required fuel efficiency level for trucks, that transport goods across our country, as well as set new carbon pollution standards. Obama exclaimed, “climate change is a fact,” and argued that the sooner Congress can agree on this trivial issue, the sooner our nation can lead the way towards a clean-energy future for other countries. He stated that over the past six years, America has reduced pollution more than any other country in the world, and that this is the right path for us to follow.
On Healthcare, Obama stuck to his ideas on making it more affordable for individuals. He talked about how Healthcare is a great necessity and should be a right instead of a privilege. In this light, Obama persuaded everyone currently without Healthcare to investigate their options, and promised that Healthcare will be as affordable as ever for all individuals. Lastly, Obama explained that it is now illegal for insurance companies to drop customers due to preexisting medical conditions or to charge women and men different rates for the same amount of coverage.
On education, Obama stated that the most important goal is to be a able to grant every child in America equal access to worldwide education; high-quality early education. He also said that students should be tested on their ability to actually “think,” instead of their ability to fill in a bubble on a standardized test. On higher education, Obama stressed that S.T.E.M. fields are key to the success of our nation in the future. He said that no middle-priced child should ever be priced out of a college education and that former students with accumulated debt should be assisted!
Barack Obama: “Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress,” February 24, 2009. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=85753.
“Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union,” January 28, 2014. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=104596.