SOTU Address: Obama in 2009 vs Obama in 2014

In 2010, President Barack Obama had just completed his first year in office. In his State of the Union address on January 27, 2010 he says while economic progress has happened, there is still more that needs to be done. According to him, “…the worst of the storm has passed. But the devastation remains.” He discusses how there needs to be a new jobs bill because there are still people “who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where their next paycheck will come from, who send out resumes week after week and hear nothing in response.” He also says however that he knows to truly get America back on its feet there has to be “ a new foundation for long-term economic growth” so people can deal with problems that have been affecting them and finally be free of them. Small businesses are crucial to our economy and he mentions that they should be able get the credit that they need to stay open, to hire more workers, or raise the wages of the workers that they have.

In 2014, President Barack Obama has just completed his first year of his second term in office. In his State of the Union address on January  28, 2014 he discusses the state of the economy. There has been four years of economic growth, but there is still a lot of hard work to do. It is necessary to continue to grow. He says ”Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled.” He does not want Americans to just get by, he wants them to get ahead. He wants Americans to be strengthened. He states that we need to “speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class” with and without congressional action. We also still need to create more jobs for the people. 2014 has to be “a year of action”.

President Obama has dealt with an economic crisis his whole time in office. When he started out, it was all about creating jobs and stabilizing an economy that had reached one of its darkest moments. Now, with “the lowest unemployment rate in over five years”, it is time to strengthen America. We still need more jobs but we also need upward mobility to increase. We need inequality to decrease. That is America’s challenge now. It is time for America to become the truly incredible country that it has the potential to be.

 

Obama’s 2010 SOTU Address:

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=87433

Obama’s 2014 SOTU Address:

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=104596

 

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