So, I didn’t watch the State of the Union. Lame, I know. My mom told me it was good but nothing amazing, if that helps excuse me. Hopefully someone who did watch it will post reactions, but for now, I wanted to post an e-mail I received from my good friend Barack.

This e-mail is a rousing summary of what I can only believe was his SOTU address, and it is actually pretty moving. He talks about all the progress we’ve made in the past year, about his decisive and tangible plans for the future (80% clean electricity by 2035, creating new jobs by renovating roadways and technology). Most of all, he emphasizes the part we all have to play in helping out nation grow and ‘rise up’; that these goals are not attainable unless we all work together. It is quite an obvious plea to the Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work together. And I like that he sounds like he’s asking rather than telling.

So whether or not you support Obama or think he’s on the right track, doing what’s best for the nation, read the letter below and tell me, dawgone it, doesn’t this letter make you feel hopeful on the inside?

Tonight I addressed the American people on the future we face together.

Though at times it may seem uncertain, it is a future that is ours to decide, ours to define, and ours to win.

I know we will.

Because, after the worst recession in decades, we see an economy growing again.

Because, after two years of job losses, we’ve added private-sector jobs for 12 straight months — more than 1 million in all.

Because, time after time, when our resolve has been tested, we, as a nation, have always prevailed.

Overcoming the challenges we face today requires a new vision for tomorrow. We will move forward together, or not at all — for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

Yet the story of America is this: We do big things.

Just as the progress of the past two years would not have been possible without your hard work, we will not realize the agenda I described tonight without you.

So as we continue this great mission together, and we set out the plans for how far we can go, I need to know that you are ready to work side by side with me once more.

Will you stand with me as we strive to win the future?

The last two years have been marked by unprecedented reforms and historic progress.

But there is much more work to do.

Moving forward, America’s economic growth at home is inextricably connected to our competitiveness in the global community. The more products American companies can export, the more jobs we can create at home.

This vision for the future starts with innovation, tapping into the creativity and imagination of our people to create the jobs and industries of the future. Instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s. It’s why I challenged Congress to join me in setting a new goal: By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.

It means leading the world in educating our kids, giving each of our children the best opportunity to succeed and preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.

We must build a 21st century infrastructure for our country, putting millions of Americans to work rebuilding roads and bridges and expanding high-speed Internet and high-speed rail.

We must reform government, making it leaner, smarter, and more transparent.

And we must take responsibility for our shared debt, reining in our long-term deficit so we can afford the investments we need to move our country forward.

That is the vision I laid out tonight. That is how we win the future.

It is going to take a lot of work — but I have no doubt we are up to the task.

Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist.

But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets. We unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.

Please stand together with me:

http://my.barackobama.com/WintheFuture

It is because of each of you, who define the will of a people, that the state of our union is strong in the face of tough challenges. You are the reason our future is still bright in the face of deep uncertainty.

And you are the reason I believe that future is ours to win.

Thank you,

Barack

2 comments on “State of the Union”

  1. Esther Brandon Says:

    Wow! Barack is your friend too? Awesome! I love when I get personal messages from the Prez. Thanks for sharing!

  2. lara grey Says:

    Thanks for sharing that, Elly. I watched the speech and there were two great moments in it: one, when President Obama referred to the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He said, “Never again will a person serving this country in the military be judged by race, creed, religion or who he loves.” The other highlight for me was his impassioned plea that the young people of this land think of becoming teachers, that, as the South Koreans say, ‘teachers are nation builders.’