State of the Union Address

Last Tuesday, in his annual State of the Union Address, President Obama issued several proposals; some programs include free community college and child-care tax credit. However, with a Republican controlled Congress, the programs may be hard to pass. His address seemed to focus on the betterment of middle class economy. Obama used many rhetorical questions to better state his opinion in regards to an economy where only few do well, while the rest struggle. This then lend into his proposal to create a new tax cut on children. Though not specifically stated this suggestion also alluded to the new outline for his tax plan. Obama went on to compare U.S.’s paid leave to other nations, stating ours is far behind the other advances countries. (Which was a great tactic considering most Americans would like to stay on top, so insinuating we are behind hurts the patriotic pride in us).

Next he asked for the equal treatment of women in paid jobs, which most assume he included to in hopes of getting him support from the females. Another big program he wants is a paid for community college where underprivileged students, with decent grades may go to for free. Though it sounds like an amazing plan, it seems unrealistic considering it may cause taxes to raise, which no one likes. (also it seems a bit unfair to offer ‘free’ college to some while other students have to take out thousands in loans to attend college). With introduction of that big program out of the way, he then proceeded into the next section of his address. He took a few thinly- veiled shots at individual companies, asking for better benefits and pay for employees. Then, Obama offered some sort of consensus, which seemed to make him more of a reliable source, praising the overhaul of cyber defense in wake of recent dilemmas (Sony). Connecting that to terrorism, he said that we will continue to fight it in all places as we have done before. Although personally, I don’t agree with a lot of things he has done and planning to do, it is hard to deny his talent in public speaking. Obama is good at weaving rhetorical devices into his speeches that help persuade the audience, which is the goal of any speaker. With his well-crafted speech, President Obama introduced many new programs he hopes to accomplish in the closing years of his term.


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