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Last night, President Obama delivered his fourth (and possibly final) State of the Union address -- An oration that was both a policy guide to the coming year and an unofficial kickoff to his 2012 re-election campaign. In it, he touched on themes of income inequality and the "urgent" need to bolster U.S. employment in the face of a still-struggling economy.
iReporters who tuned in to last night's address shared their reactions to Obama's speech, and saw some general themes emerge: There were plenty of campaign-worthy soundbites to fire up his base, with mixed efforts at outreach to independent and moderate voters.
Melissa Fazli voted for Obama in 2008, but became disappointed and disillusioned with his administration over the past two years. But now, she plans to vote for Obama in the general election, and said she was moved to tears by the speech. She's strongly in support of Obama's call to investigate and bring prosecution against the lending practices that led up to the housing crisis.
"I would like to see it enforced by everyone using social media everyday to keep it on Obama's table until indictments are made," she said. "I would love to see some of these banks go directly to jail and not collect even $200 along the way."
Indiana moderate Mark Ivy, on the other hand, is a little more skeptical of Obama's rhetoric. He thinks that Obama delivered plenty of red meat to liberals, but needs to address the national debt and deficit spending in order to attract swing voters.
"We are all in this together. We must all be willing to give a little," he said. "The number one way to attack the debt and attract Independents and Republicans is a real plan of attack on the tax breaks, the tax deductions that cause the disparity in the effective tax rates. This must done across the board. Closing those 'loopholes' would have an impact on our debt and deficits without tax rate increases or surtaxes while increasing revenue."
And while left-leaning Zennie Abraham of Oakland, California, thought Obama delivered a solid speech in general, he was particularly impressed by the President's full-throated embrace of a pro-U.S. trade policy.
"The President now realizes that nationalism is the one approach that will save America, whereas when he first took office, our allies, like France and Germany, were trying to talk him into maintaining the 'free trade is good' policy that has harmed America," he said. "In doing so, Obama also hones his case for good old fashioned Liberalism."
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I hope someday that our Senate & Congress will approach their voting
with the attitude that "What is best for our country" and NOT what is best for the Party
Then and only then will this country have the right people in those positions
It seems today that whatever either party suggests, the other seems to vote NO SAD SAD SAD
As State of the Union Addresses go, I thought Obama sounded more Presidential than usual.... this from a moderate Repub:)
I'm voting for the best person for the job, not the party. He's starting to look a little better to me than my GOP guys are right now.
I don't like politicians on the far right or left & I hate liars. I'm seeing way too much of that kind of vote pandering during the GOP debates.
I don't agree with everything Obama says or wants to do and definitely not everything he has done, but he is winning the credibility contest right now.
Obama is willing to lead United States out of the bad economy we experience now. Our problem has always been, and will always be, the divisive politics we see played out continually in all the Obama years in government. I don't see his talks as just mere but I see a man who will want to deliver if given the required support by members of congress and the parties.