Evanston Residents, What Do You Think of Obama's State of the Union Address?

Patch asks Evanston residents to weigh in on President Obama's State of the Union address. Tell us in the comment section below.

President Barack Obama gave his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12. 

"There is much progress to report," he began. "Together we have cleared away the rubble of crisis."

President Obama spoke of bi-partisan tax reform that includes lowering the tax rates on American businesses. He urged Congress to pass a budget that "replaces reckless cuts with smart savings."

He also spoke of job creation, proposing a "fix-it first" program to repair our nation's infrastructure, including 70,000 "structurally deficit bridges."

The President called for the minimum wage to be increased to $9 an hour because "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty." He also encouraged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act because women should "earn a living equal to their efforts."

Additionally, Obama said high quality childcare should be available to all children in America and that high schools should be redesigned with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math—skills that today's employers need from workers.

President Obama also addressed the improving housing market, climate change, immigration reform, cyber attacks, gun control, terrorism, bringing troops home, healthcare for wounded warriors, government benefits for gay couples and protection for our children, among other issues.

The White House official Website featured an enhanced broadcast, while the Huffington Post conducted a live blog.

Tell Us: What did you think of the President's address? Were you inspired or unmoved? What issues were most important to you? Were there issues you feel Obama should have addressed but didn't?

Jim February 14, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I did not watch or listen to it. He has been saying the same things since appearing on The Messiah reality show. The man is an ideologue whose beliefs are not based in reality and wants to wrench The United States into conformance with his views and bias. In doing so he will probably destroy the country.
Jim February 14, 2013 at 03:58 PM
BTW, growing up before and during WWII in a family of 6 children, we were "middle class". We had one car, never went out to eat, flew on airplanes, had one pair of trousers, one pair of shoes and did our own grass, leaves, snow and housework. We all had menial jobs at age 10 or 12. I am pretty sure that is where we are going again despite the protestations of our political class who tend to promise otherwise to stay in office forever. They are becoming the new royalty. A minimum wage of $9 per hour for a 30 hours per week employee (no benefits required) after payroll taxes would be about $13,000 per year. Other than a student, what life style will that support AND it will kill jobs to boot. But it is good political fodder to propose it.
David Dickson February 15, 2013 at 05:04 AM
I was disappointed that he didn't have a more lofty goal such as bringing bullet trains (the 300 mph kind) to the U.S. That can help the economy, bring real jobs, and give dreams to our kids. Why do we settle for such old technology and our aging rail infrastructure? Germany, Japan, & China all have bullet trains / high speed rail for many many years. I believe that if the country adopted real high speed rail, the Chicago area, being central to the country, would experience a great boon.


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