President Obama came out swinging. He was no longer the long winded progressive leader of a fractured America. He stood tall, relaxed mood, joked, and settled in to show America how he would deal with the problems in Washington.
No longer would he wait for those in Congress who couldn’t function with being Congressmen or women in solving major problems facing America. President Obama offered up a new strategy for tackling public policy and problems. He spoke of how he would use his executive powers to move the public agenda forward.
Congress has the right to forge the budget, but it is the President who spends it on a daily basis. From budget to spending is a long arch of history in Washington D.C. Political power can shift within hours as compromises and deals work or blow up. Bullies tend to push control throughout this process. They often win by brute force.
In a manner like another President some 100 years ago, Obama sounded like Teddy Roosevelt. The powerful money elite and government corrupt would soon have to deal with a President who moved over to stand with the poor, meek, and hungry in their battle to live and survive in what pasts for modern America.
Like Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama now was ready to confront the “school yard bullies.”
With the world watching, President Obama delivered his State of Union speech in a new type of style, “tough love.” He pledged to make the system work for all Americans, not just the privilege 1 percent of our society. In doing so, he called out to a new ally, America’s governors.
Holding his head high, looking up at the gallery visitor seating, he called out the name of Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky. During the next five minutes, America watched as the President honored this Democratic Governor from a red state, who had rejected him at the polls. Kentucky has 120 counties and only 4 of them voted for the President. Yet, on this night the President, the Governor, and the people of Kentucky became one in the battle to bring honest health and wellness policy to a struggling population.
The journey for this young President has been tough and long in his learning about how the American governors work around the clock to manage the nation. However, in Steve Beshear, he has found a Southern Governor who rose above local red state politics and helped secure the right path for his people’s health wellness.
For a few minutes Governor Steve Beshear became a “Rock Star” among the 21 Democratic Governors of America for having the courage to put aside politics and do the right thing in securing a good future for his people. Beshear is now the model for how all governors can truly make a difference in how America works and get problems solved.