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POTUS, the People, and the Data.


Commentators tell us that nearly 32 million Americans watched President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address on television, the televison lowest turnout since President Bill Clinton's final State of the Union address in 2000, according to newly released Nielsen ratings.  So, while many of you evidently opted out of your job of being an informed citizen last night, here's what the POTUS had to say.

Please try and keep the vitriol to a minimum, folks. I have always admired the President's reasonable and composed style, and yet, I am fully aware of the state of the economy and the failure of his foreign policy in many voter's eyes. I do not wish to advocate for the President here, only cover the SOTU speech in short for those who missed it. You shouldn't have missed it, so here it is. 

What I've compiled for the reader are the most salient parts of the speech coupled with corresponding data. The blue charts are from the White House itself and the others are from the Wall Street Journal. I am not, for the record, stating my own political predelictions, but rather, writing about the SOTU speech itself. 

Please click here for the full speech transcript and corresponding gifs.

Summary

The President opened enthusiastically and quickly addressed immigration, gun violence, equal pay and wage equity, and then launched whole-heartedly into an articulate attack on the status quo. I think these two passages empitomize his speech-which was unabashedly forward-thinking,  ambitious and positive. He does not hold any punches. 

I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead?—?they call us.

This mention of military might, was the one single time the GOP constituents of the chamber actually stood up and cheered. The rest of the speech the party of "no" fiddled with their phones, some fell asleep, others were slack-jawed and poker-faced. At one point if you were paying attention, one of them was angered enough to make a bit of a scene, and started gesticulating angrily from his seat. He looked like one would imagine he looked, like an person in the throes of a spasm or an idiot. I have no deep fondness for that side of the aisle, (obviously) but in the least, they could pretend to be listening to the President and that they are not unrepetent children. I think our representatives owe the office of POTUS that respect. Wherever we locate ourselves-right wing, left wing, or middle of the bird, we are still a Republic. 

Later at the end of his speech, I believe the President very candidly and boldly addressed the issue of growing cynicism and corporatism. For this, and this only,  I give him high marks. 

What I’m asking for is hard. It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future. Those with money and power will gain greater control over the decisions that could send a young soldier to war, or allow another economic disaster, or roll back the equal rights and voting rights that generations of Americans have fought, even died, to secure. As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background.

Here's the highlights of the speech itself, broken into parts. 

Here's what POTUS had to say about the economy. 

The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history.

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But are people taking home, more or less? 

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And, how'd the Markets do? 
2016年月日 - 78jitong - 元旦快乐How do people feel about the economy?
2016年月日 - 78jitong - 元旦快乐How much are we spending at the pump?
2016年月日 - 78jitong - 元旦快乐Are people working?

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We have more highschool graduates.

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More People have healthcare.

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Amidst record corporate profits, we've made modest gains.

We’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth.

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Foreign policy.  The President never sounded more simultaneously hawkish and in turns, reasonable. In spite of these statistics, that doesn't paint a very positive picture of our defense spending and commitments. I will admit it is here that I find the President's administration fumbling, and it is evident in the see-saw quality of these two statements.

American leadership in the 21st century is not a choice between ignoring the rest of the world?—?except when we kill terrorists; or occupying and rebuilding whatever society is unraveling.

and...

  We just need to call them what they are?—?killers and fanatics who have to be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed.

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Overall, the President has been moderately successful where his social plans have been given room to breathe, but where he has remained blocked, the country is hurting-particulary in Foreign Policy and economically. Middle-class wages remain stagnated. The President says because the GOP blocks measures to improve wage, and the GOP says because the President create unecccessary bureacracy.

At the end the speech, POTUS makes his most valuable point, reminding us of perhaps what is the most basic premise of democracy

The future we want?—?opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids?—?all that is within our reach. But it will only happen if we work together. It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debate.

The big questions POTUS has for us, as citizens. 

  1. First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?
  2. Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us?—?especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?
  3. Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
  4. And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?
So, what do you say, People?

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Postscript: Sorry but some of the data I pulled did not load. Please click here for the full speech transcript and corresponding gifs.

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