Question: From a leadership perspective--moving the country and the political process away from division and gridlock and toward consensus, confidence and action--how would you grade President Obama's State of the Union speech?
While President Obama began his State of the Union address with an appeal to cooperation and working together, his central challenge to the members of Congress and the nation was creating jobs (mentioned 25 times) through innovation and ideas (19 references).
Simple messages like this have more staying power than rambling laundry lists of new initiatives. Perhaps the best moment of the speech was at the end when President Obama quoted the drilling equipment company employee who said, "We proved that Center Rock is a little company, but we do big things." He repeated that line twice more before he concluded. It's a compelling message we should all repeat many times a day. We may be only one person, but we can do big things. That's the kind of spirit that builds new businesses, solves difficult problems, overcomes great adversities and creates a sustainable future. It's strong, it's positive and it's inspiring. And we should take it seriously.
Posted by: Julie-Ann1 | January 29, 2011 4:45 PM
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