- Posted January 27, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Theme for SOTU Address: Can We Talk?
Tuesday night, President Barack Obama for the fifth time during his Administration will present his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, the Supreme Court justices and the American people.
Early reports are that the President will focus on three main issues: extending long-term unemployment benefits, job creation and immigration reform. Those same reports also note that the President is making it known that if Congress will not go along with his agenda, his game plan, he will bypass Congress with executive orders and using the phone to call business leaders and others outside of government to progress his outline for the coming year.
To me, the President should focus on one main idea - talking withe members of Congress to reach a meeting of minds for the good of the nation. Not just talking to Democratic members, but also the President needs to talk to Republican members.
Threatening to act whether Congress agrees or not is no way to get either Republicans or Democrats, who also were elected to their office, to do anything more than resist. You can't compromise unless the two parties sit down together and talk.
What I want to see and hear in the State of the Union Address is a pledge from the President, whether he feels awkward doing it or not, to meet with leaders of both chambers of Congress from both parties regularly to hammer out differences and find a way to focus on what is best for the nation - not a party, not an ideology, not a legacy.
If there is to be action, there has to be talk.
From the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, I want to hear Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers pledge that her party and its leaders will also agree to sit down and talk with the President and his Administration for the good of the people - not a party, not an ideology, not the upcoming Mid-Term Elections.
From the Cornfield, I want to hear the President and Republicans answering, "yes", when asked, "can we talk?"
What do you want to hear from the President and the Republican response?