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

Patch asks Buffalo Grove 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?



BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH ... Like every president before him it was a lot of politicing with selective 'picking of facts' and trying to make themselves look like the USA's saviour. Lots of idea floated, AGAIN as he ran on most of them to get his 1st term but didn't accomplish any of them, and like presidents of both parties 'point fingers' at the other party before even having anything to propose to them so you don't look like the 'bad guy' regardless of how things work out. Economy is still in the toilet ... worldwide ... unemployment continues up ... don't let the figures tell you different since so many have run out of time for unemployment and seems no one ever reports how many poors souls are there ... housing ... just look at the increases in foreclosures in the entire area. Let's see some actual results rather than all the 'hot air' about what 'you want to do so history makes me out to be a really great president' and enough 'pointing fingers' and actually work together! Both parties are just acting like a bunch of school yard idiots and 'if we do not get our way we are going to take our ball and go home'. Who suffers, us poor, and I mean POOR, citizens.
randall richardson February 13, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I agree Grand High. Enough of the same old rhetoric. We Americans are sick and tired of being played for dummies. His speeches all sound the same. I'm going to fix bridges, rebuild roads, improve schools and "it won't cost a dime". WHAT? Stop the lying and start doing something constructive. How can he stand up there and say that the economy is better and housing market is recovering? My home has not gone up in value in 5 years but my taxes keep going up. No raise in 5 years either and 401k is stagnant. Obama will go down as the worst president in history.
Pete Speer February 14, 2013 at 08:10 PM
The State of the Union Address used to be about the actual state of the Union. Now it is merely a political speech ballyhooing his future plans. That used to be a separate address. All I can say is the 2014 campaign is underway.
bg1119 February 17, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Doesn't help when both sides can't come together. The middle class has and always will suffer - it has been this way for decades. It doesn't matter if it is a republican or a democrat who is in office.


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