After watching most of the State of the Union Address last night there were two
things that stuck out to me.
First, this quote:
Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.”
This was said at a very intense time. President Obama was speaking to both parties, Democrat and Republic, and asking for a by-Partisan Congress instead of the Partisan Congress that we have today. I found this statement very interesting in and of the fact that the call to say No is much easier then to say Yes. I would agree with President Obama, there needs to be more conversation rather then conversation killers (No’s).
After watching most of the State of the Union Address I tuned into news coverage on CNN and Fox News channel. The one thing they mentioned that peeked my curiosity was that President Obama said the word “I” 98 times in his speech and “we” 15 times (this is off of a report from Fox News). I found this very interesting as well. This is something that I am very aware of at all times. I can even be over obsessed with making sure that I do not talk about MY church but OUR church, or that it was not MY idea but OUR idea. This is something that I think is very important and shows where your attitude about being on the team really is. I know that some of these “I” moments were unavoidable and he needed to say them, but most were not. And at a time where the Country is looking for leadership, I think President Obama stepped up and placed the reins in the hands of Congress and asked them to be leaders but also missed a chance to talk about how “we” are doing this, or “we” can can change this.
If you are interested in more of what President Obama said check out this site that breaks down the words of all the presidents in their State of the Union Address.