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What Do Grayslake Residents Think of Obama's State of the Union Address?

Patch asks Grayslake residents to weigh in on President Obama's State of the Union address.

President Barack Obama gave his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

"There is much progress to report," he began. "Together we have cleared away the rubble of crisis."

President Obama spoke of bi-partisan tax reform that includes lowering the tax rates on American businesses. He urged Congress to pass a budget that "replaces reckless cuts with smart savings."

He also spoke of job creation, proposing a "fix-it first" program to repair our nation's infrastructure, including 70,000 "structurally deficit bridges."

The President called for the minimum wage to be increased to $9 an hour because "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty." He also encouraged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act because women should "earn a living equal to their efforts."

Additionally, Obama said high quality childcare should be available to all children in America and that high schools should be redesigned with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math—skills that today's employers need from workers.

President Obama also addressed the improving housing market, climate change, immigration reform, cyber attacks, gun control, terrorism, bringing troops home, healthcare for wounded warriors, government benefits for gay couples and protection for our children, among other issues.

The White House official Website featured an enhanced broadcast, while the Huffington Post conducted a live blog.

Tell Us: What did you think of the President's address? Were you inspired or unmoved? What issues were most important to you? Were there issues you feel Obama should have addressed but didn't?

Sully February 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
How would Mitt have made it better for you? There's also this little thing called congress. Maybe you've heard of it. The House will make darn sure nothing happens for at least the next two years. Good thing there was gerrymandering otherwise dems. would control both the senate and the House. I'm sure it gets past a lot people, but a majority of Americans voted against the republicans in November. Most have figured out their agenda is not good for anyone but the ultra wealthy and the corporations. They also have awoken to the fact that climate change is happening. I don't love the dems., but they're better than the alternative.
Katie Osmon February 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I didn't vote for Romney either. Yes, I have heard of Congress. I did study some political science in college. I went to college for criminal justice. I did pass my Constitution tests with 100% in both 8th grade and in high school. I am also helping my son with the little amount that he's learning in 3rd grade.
Sully February 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Then you should know that the president is not an island- that congress is just as responsible. Of course when all congress does is obstruct, filibuster, and put holds on nominees, there ain't much the president can do, is there?
Katie Osmon February 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I think they all need to be reminded of the oath they took when sworn into office. Maybe We the People should take them put of office and stop their pay? When I worked for the DHS as a TSO at MDW, I was sworn in and took an oath. If I didn't uphold my oath, I would have been fired from the Federal Government. In my personal opinion, these Congressmen/Congresswomen need to take a step back and remember that it wasn't a paid job when it first started, it was a privilege. Same goes for the Senate and the President. As for voting, it's already decided who's going to be president before We the People even vote. Heck, the company that makes the voting booths and machines is affiliated with Romney. Kinda shocking he lost the last election.
Sully February 14, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Anonymous claims they hacked the hackers who were going to throw the election for Mitt. They said they broke the codes and were able to disrupt the process that would have flipped the votes for Romney. That could almost explain Rove's reaction on election night. An oath means nothing when the pols. are paid so much to ignore it.

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