According to Reuters, approximately 38 million Americans watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on TV Tuesday night. That number was down from his previous address in 2010, when 43 million watched.
Maybe less people are watching because they aren’t interested in what he has to say, or maybe they had better things to do. But I really think that the reason they didn’t watch is because many Americans have lost faith in their government.
No doubt many are convinced that all politicians are conniving hypocrites who have their own agenda, so why bother listening to yet another boring dialogue that won’t matter a week from now?
Politicians have acquired a bad reputation, and even our own president doesn’t get the respect he deserves. But it’s because there are so many bad eggs in our government that everyone else gets stereotyped and Americans don’t trust them.
I listened to the president’s speech with guarded enthusiasm, as he highlighted what he wanted to do with what’s left of his term (assuming he loses the next election).
According to Paul Kane of the Washington Post, Obama commented, “Most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year.” And maybe nothing will but has anything really gotten done since he’s been in office?
Don’t get me wrong. I like the guy. He has very good intentions but someone always gets in his way. Of course, there are going to be people who don’t agree with his policies, but that’s why we need to work together to come up with a solution, not fight with each other every chance we get.
Is anyone really surprised that Obama hasn’t been able to get anything done?
Speaker of the House John Boehner sat behind the president with a scowl etched on his face and didn’t show any kind of emotion when the president talked about how we can work together to make things happen. He was probably already plotting how he could railroad the president’s plans while he spoke.
And, according to an article by Chris Moody, Republicans were reeling from Obama’s suggestion that states ban kids from dropping out of high school. The Republicans said that Obama had no right to tell those kids what they could or couldn’t do.
“That’s none of his business!” said Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee while speaking to reporters after the speech. “He’s not a principal! He’s not a public school teacher! He’s not a governor, he’s not a mayor. These are matters for state and local government.”
What’s wrong with wanting to give our kids a little tough love?
Everyone has their opinions, and I respect that. But I think that some people just like to fight.
I think the president really wants to do the right thing, but no one has given him the chance. Four years later and we’re no further than we were when he was voted in.
I still say that it’s not all his fault. After all, he is only one man.