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The state of Obama’s nation

Aisha Hassan assessed President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, and the reaction to it.

Despite our hardships our Union is strong, we do not give up, we do not quit we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit”

President Barack Obama faced congress early this morning for his 2010 State of the Union address. It was a very detailed, well articulated and convincing delivery that was met with an overwhelming positive response.

Obama proclaimed that the number one focus for 2010 would be creating new jobs for American citizens and called for a new jobs bill during his speech.

The other key topics he discussed were the economy, taxes, climate change and most notably health care. His response to his critics on this matter was this:

I want everyone to take another look at the plan we’ve proposed.

“There’s a reason why many doctors, nurses, and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo.

But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me know. Let me know I am eager to know”.

Obama did touch upon Afghanistan and Iraq, he also spoke of the crises in Haiti, but never did he mention the Israel- Palestinian conflict. I am sure his speech will spur both his critics and his supporters, Governor Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate summed it up as a “lecture”.

However, A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that 48 percent of speech watchers had a very positive reaction, with three in 10 saying they had a somewhat positive response and 21 percent with a negative response.

The full State of the Union address can be watched here.


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