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The State of the Union

Taylor L. Turner

Staff Writer

On Tuesday, January 28, President Obama addressed
the nation in the second State of the Union address of his second term. Although
the President delivered the speech with his characteristic high- spirited gusto,
the content of the speech was largely reminiscent of last year’s address. As
with the 2013 State of the Union address, the President vowed to create new
opportunities for American entrepreneurs by reforming the tax system and by
cutting regulations that move manufacturing jobs overseas. In addition,
President Obama pledged to invest in America’s energy sources, including
alternate energy, and technology to strengthen America’s success in a global
economy.  However, in this year’s State of the Union President Obama clearly
suggested that he is willing to bypass Congress and enact policies alone. 
Recently, the President has been using the phrase: “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got
a phone,” to show that he is willing to sign executive orders when met with
Congressional opposition.  President Obama expressed this same sentiment when
addressing Congress in last Tuesday’s address.  The President declared that
“America does not stand still, and neither will I” and that “wherever and
whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more
American families, that’s what I’m going to do”.  This call to action by the
President may have resulted from his recent plummet in the polls. According to
NBC News, the President’s approval rating sits at a dismal 43 percent with over
50 percent of Americans disproving of his executive performance. 

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