Thursday, January 27, 2011

Editorial Boards Continue to Praise President Obama’s State of the Union Address

By Josh Cohen from

Editorial boards from newspapers across the country continue to praise President Obama’s State of the Union address this week. Calling it “[t]he right tone for a hard time” and an “optimistic, pragmatic vision,” these editorials attest that President Obama’s speech laid out a vision for our country’s future that resonates with the American public.  Here’s what they’re saying.
Portland Press Herald: President's address a call to action on jobs.”“But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs."LINK
Wilmington News Journal: “Obama sets civil tone for 'shared responsibility.'”“President Obama took advantage of a brief "thaw" between Republicans and Democrats and presented a State of the Union address last night that frequently hit on issues that affect all Americans. We hope that his invitation to talk about the issues he put on the table are taken up by all sides in the same open, civil tone.” LINK
Time: “Obama's SOTU Success: Making Democrats the Party of Optimism.”“Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union was …the beginning of a new era, a return to business as usual. LINK
San Jose Mercury News: Obama lays out optimistic, pragmatic vision.”“President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday presented a stirring but pragmatic vision for the nation, giving Americans something to rally around: The notion that the United States can still do "big things" even while confronting its massive deficit.” LINK
Courier Journal:  “Winning the future.”“The President’s tone was measured, undoubtedly so as not to seem opportunistically partisan, and Republicans seemed careful to appear respectful. …His call to invest in scientific research, new energy sources, infrastructure replacement and education were on the mark.” LINK
The Day: “President Obama: “Future is ours to win.”“In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke of contradictory challenges facing the nation.  To compete globally and to achieve a strong economic rebound from the recent recession, the United States needs to rebuild its transportation infrastructure, expand high-speed Internet nationwide, diminish its dependence on foreign oil by investing in new energy technologies and reinvigorate an education system that lags behind other nations in student performance.” LINK
Minnesota Daily: “We can “win the future.” “But Obama’s basic point was right: We can “win the future” by reinvesting in American innovation and education.” LINK
Here are some additional headlines from editorials around the country.
Albany Times Union: For America, another Sputnik.”LINK
Boston Globe: “Obama’s stark, bold challenge: rise to this ‘Sputnik moment.”LINK
Roanoke Times: “Obama presented ideas that Republicans should be able to embrace.” LINK
Fayetteville Observer: “An inspirational speech that drew a strongly positive response in post-speech polling.”LINK
Raleigh News and Observer: “Call to reason.”LINK
Waterloo Record: “Inspiring words from a president.”LINK
Tulsa World: “President set goals for next year.”LINK
Tampa Bay Tribune: “The future of the union.”LINK
Arizona Daily Star: “Obama also highlighted the need for Democrats and Republicans to work together.”LINK
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