Image via WikipediaTonight, President Obama made his first address to a joint session of Congress outlining the budget and economic goals.
In light of what has been happening in the US, and what I consider the ongoing "strangulation" of the US by ideology, I really wasn't expecting much. Well, I'm pleasantly surprised. None of this dilly dallying, or waffling (although we still need a definitive bank plan). There was Candidate Obama, but with authority - and boy, did he let us know it. Strong clear leadership in plain English. Finally!
I've read a lot of biographies and autobiographies of world leaders, and I've met quite a few and even served as a Senator and Deputy Finance Minister. I've followed politics all of my short life, and have been mostly intrigued with the most difficulty times in history, and the most challenging political problems. But frankly, if I tried to summarize this performance, I could not do it justice.
This is the kind of speech, the kind of tone, the kind of delivery, the kind of language and the kind of leader that the moment calls for.
Well done, President Obama!
Take the time to watch the speech here courtesy of MSNBC:
If you prefer to read, here is the transcript: Remarks of President Obama - Address to Joint Session of Congress