Although the president made broad promises in his State of the Union address, there was little substance to back up his claims. The speech had all the trappings of a motivational speech to the unknowledgeable masses, that might grab any morsel of hope that their situations would improve. His speech had all the effects of offering a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, without revealing where the gold might come from.
Obama effectively used the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School to harp on gun control, while spouting rhetoric about the shooting of Gabby Giffords in Tucson. “Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Auroa deserve a vote, Obama said, leaning heavily on the rhetoric. The president heavily lobbied the Congress to bring gun-control legislation to a vote.
While Obama challenged republicans to become part of the team to accomplish his goals for the nation, Biden’s adoring eyes rarely left the presidents back, while Speaker of the House Boehner’s dead-pan face rarely changed. Biden led most of the standing ovations that were a constant part of the president’s address, while the media camera’s panned the assembled Congress.
Obama fell short of doing a victory lap on the economy, after the sluggish economic recovery of his first term, instead he focused on job creation, while failing to address a plan that would both balance the budget and deal with a sky-rocketing national debt. More people out of work meant more citizens on entitlements
Entitlement programs such as Food Stamps, known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) are burgeoning out of control. When Obama took office in January 2009, there were 31,939,110 people receiving food stamps. In November 2012 there were 47,692,896 people receiving food stamps. This figure is nearly equal to the population of Spain.
As for me, I am tired of rhetorical motivational speeches that have no detail, but instead are designed for public relations impact. I find little hope that Obama’s second term will deal with Jobs creation, debt reduction or a balanced budget. His plan appeared to be still centered on spending our way out of this economic slump. I project that Obama’s second term will lack the accomplishments of his State of the Union Address and he will lean heavily on his power to legislate, using executive orders.