State of the Union

by Betty

The president delivered the State of the Union address a week ago to the Congress, to members of the Supreme court, to invited guests, to millions of American citizens glued to the television, and to curious leaders and to the people around the world.

It was a moment to pause, to reflect, and to listen. The American dream is possible if one truly believes the dream and is willing to work long and hard for it to come true. Only in America is anything possible, some things much more difficult than others.

The future is not a gift but a challenge to us and a responsibility of ours to make America and the world as good as it can be and better for the generations which will follow us.

The speech lacked the fervent passion of J.F.K., who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

I lacked the courageous conviction of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

I lacked the dreamy rhythm of Martin Luther King, who dreamed aloud, “I have a dream that one day all me will be as brothers, all treated as equal.” And then “I’ve been to the mountain top and I’ve seen the Promised Land.” And, “We do sing together the national anthem. We do talk together. Do we listen? America is a land of fierce debates. We must work together to accomplish change. We are a nation of passionate debate. The question remains, will we work together? The answer is, we must.”

Obama’s message was clear. “The time to act is now.”

January, 2011

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