Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama: State of the Union

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address in hopes to restore hope to an ailing nation. With his approval rating at 20% less than when elected and on the heels of the catastrophic loss of Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, he addressed the need to look back on mistakes and learn from them. Obama focused mostly on job creation, the economy and the need to overhaul health care. He brought up the point that simply saying no to change is not leadership. While taking responsibility for some of his failures, Obama stopped short of bearing all of the blame.

“I campaigned on the promise of change — ‘change we can believe in,’ the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren’t sure if they still believe we can change — or at least, that I can deliver it. But remember this — I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone.”

President Obama also called for a three-year freeze on all government spending other than national security and public insurance programs mandated by law like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Also, he notably called for the repeal of the controversial military policy known as Don't Ask Don't Tell which bans openly gay people from serving in the military. The members of the armed forces did not seem to eager to applaud that notion.

Obama called for both parties to work together.
“We do not give up. We do not quit. We do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency, that embodies their strength.”

View the entire speech in the video below:

If you prefer reading rather than watching the video,

On a fashion note, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a beautiful plum ensemble by American Designer Isaac Mizrahi. She is known for trumpeting the work of American designers and deep regal colors have become her trademark. Notice the belted high waist, a look that Michelle Obama dons frequently. The color is reminiscent of the dress she wore for Oprah Christmas special which I posted here.

Watch Isaac Mizrahi's reaction via vlog HERE.

Below Images by Mandel Ngan / Getty

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