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President Barack Obama, in a fifty minute address that was interrupted 65 times by applause led by an enthusiastic wide eyed Nancy Pelosi, served notice to the nation in his first joint address to Congress, that although America confronted an economic crisis, it would emerge from the depths of this crisis stronger than it has ever been. The president has been criticized of late for his message of doom and gloom with respect to the economy and he appears to be finally listening to a nation which has been yearning to hear a more positive message from the White House.

In a robust speech that was presented with his trademark delivery, President Obama spoke at great length about energy, health care and education. Defense, which has been a primary area of focus, for many past Presidents was touched upon only in the context of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The President’s speech was further evidence that he views government as the sole source solutions provider for all issues confronting Americans. Whether it be in resolving the nation’s credit crisis by additional government involvement in the banking system, or creating universal health care, the government will be there. The President, in broad strokes, laid out a sweeping platform of new spending projects while committing to reduce the federal deficit by half.

Obama expects to pay for the additional spending projects by letting the Bush tax cuts expire and increasing the taxes on American business, which is in direct opposition to Republican strategy. Republicans who cohabited with Democrats during the Bush administration and failed to deter the excessive spending during the Bush era have suddenly found their path to differentiation by once again promoting fiscal discipline.

 Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, in the Republican rebuttal to the President’s address , attempted to contrast the Republican platform as the party of individualism and minimal government . Speaking from the Governors mansion in Baton Rouge the  young Governor, a son of Indian immigrants, spoke in what at times appeared to be a disjointed cadence that weakened his delivery and impeded his message. Jindal, a rising star in the Republican party, will no doubt be presented with other opportunities to impress on the national stage.

Two speeches, both by men of color, both by sons of immigrants, both highly accomplished at young ages. One with the majesty and power of the Presidency behind him, representing the party of the majority and the other perhaps, with thoughts of the Presidency before him, representing the minority party. Change has indeed come to America.

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