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article imageOp-Ed: 2011 State of the Union in review

By John Simon Ritchie     Jan 26, 2011 in Politics
Washington - On January 25th, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his second official State of the Union address, and his first to a mostly Republican Congress.
For some time now, the country has been waiting on pins and needles for the president's address to the nation, and with any and every news station anticipating and building up this State of the Union, the inevitable question arises: "Did it live up to all the anticipation?"
For some yes, and others, it may have fell a bit flat. With the president covering topics from education to freezing spending, (something which you are bound to hear endlessly on any news station for the next couple months.) the State of the Union seemed to have done it's job; tell the American people what state our country is in.
Coming back from one of the worst recessions, I'm sure that the gossip in Congress was running high, as people wondered how Obama would Reagan his way out of this situation. And from the moment that president Obama took the podium until he gave his final handshakes as he left Congress, everyone was surely, at some point or another, dumbfounded.
President Obama kept his poise, was able to keep strong, despite the Republican ruled Congress with ears wide open, waiting for the slightest mistake, and was somehow, able to hit almost all of the subjects at hand. And I'm sure that by now, the G.O.P. must surely be wondering what sorcery Obama used in order to trick the American people into believing this State of the Union was a success.
However, at the same time, it is next to impossible to have a successful State of the Union address. Even if the G.O.P. didn't like your tie, they'll take that, and use it against you in whatever way the can in order to make sure you regret buying each and every tie in your closet.
And, lest we forget that 'empty chair.' After Mrs. Giffords attempted assassination, that chair served a message throughout the night, reminding everyone that no matter how much we disagree on foreign policy, education, health care, or whatever the case may be, we all seem to have a way of coming together when our country is put under such stress as the Tucson shooting brought us. If there is any good, (and believe me when I say, there is hardly any.) It would be that after the shooting, I have seen Tea Party supports mourn along side far-left liberals. As president Obama said, "... we come together as a nation of one."
In final review, the State of the Union might have fallen flat for some, as others will revere it as the greatest address in presidential history, because, the truth of the matter is, there is no such thing as an honest review for something like the State of the Union. Simply put, everything that happened, happened. Some things went better than others, but the one thing that liberal or conservative can agree upon: when we saw democrats and republicans sitting together; that was enough to make us fall of a chair.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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