President Obama presented a far-reaching vision for the future of our country in this year’s State of the Union address. He detailed important plans to improve college affordability, equip workers with 21st century skills and training, and bring about a new and increasingly prosperous era of American manufacturing. Echoing the sentiments he expressed in December in Osawatomie, Kansas, President Obama made a resounding call for a return to American values where everyone has a fair shot, gets a fair shake, and plays by the same set of rules.
As Americans, we are bound together by more than nationality or geography. We are bound by a shared set of ideals and values rooted in the notion that we are greater together; that our collective efforts produce something better than the sum of our individual actions; and that together, rather than singularly, we can overcome the greatest challenges that come our way. The President’s State of the Union address centered on keeping these values at the core of our national identity and moving forward as a nation with policies that bring hope and a promising future to our country and our people by laying the groundwork for us to out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build our competition.
With the 2012 election upon us, we face an important choice between very different visions of the type of country we want to be. This year’s State of the Union demonstrated President Obama’s commitment to policies rooted in common good values. It showed, once again, that our President is focused on moving us forward as a country. We hope you will join us and President Obama as we work to win the future in 2012 and beyond.