So the State of the Union was the other day and of course I watched it. Among the gaggle of friends I have chatted with about it, there was very little in between of what we thought about the #SOTU. There were some great one liners, and if you love Obama you loved the speech. If you’re not a fan of Obama you hated it.
I think for me it was a unifying partisan speech and a national spanking. During the whole thing I just felt that Obama had taken American politics and the people across his lap and spanked us for the childishness that we have allowed to transpire thus far in the nation’s Presidential race and other trivial situations which have overshadowed the real issues in our nation.
However, while his words were echoing around the chamber and television and computer screens across the globe, I think the most telling and poignant parts of the #SOTU were the images that flashed across the screens:
The empty chair next to First Lady Michelle Obama
The faces of the presidential candidates
The glimpse of Kim Davis
The divisive support of the President
The facial expressions of Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg hug with President Obama
The the images of the the Little Sisters of the Poor
And of course aging of President Obama, himself, since his first non-State of the Union in 2009 immediately following his taking of office.
Among these images, it told me a story. It told me a story of a divided nation. It told me a story of a people with great potential but mired down in selfish and stubborn attitudes. It told me a story where complacency and ignorance has entered and has encouraged racism, sexism and more. It told me a story of the disconnect with our legislators and the people. It told me a story of the unrealistic and inhumane views of leaders in our nation. It told me a story that being more right is more important than solving a problem.
But it also told me that:
“…whatever you may believe, whether you prefer one party or no party, our collective
future depends on your willingness to uphold your obligations as a citizen. To vote. To speak out. To stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable, knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us.”
~President Obama State of the Union Address, January 12, 2016
Until next time,
Peace, Love and Pandas!