I was looking for a picture of Michelle Obama from last night, but I couldn’t find any I liked. The shade of purple (or plum) was absolute perfection. And perfect for her. But like, she couldn’t work any color?? Please. Anyway, while I was looking I found this. I don’t really need to say a word. Will you look at them!! For the love of God.
I liked Obama’s speech. But I noticed something last night. I was thinking I wanted him to kick ass a little more, to be even bolder in response to all our problems, when I realized I trusted him. He’s a thinking man. There was a reason for the more tempered speech, and the actions described in that speech. For heading straight for the republicans after the speech. He’s very smart, he surrounds himself with very smart people. I trust that he has thought everything over carefully and is going to get the job done.
I love that he made points like, “We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. And yet it is China that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy efficient. We invented solar technology, but we’ve fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it. New plug-in hybrids roll off our assembly lines, but they will run on batteries made in Korea.” And how we invented the car, but we’re about to lose that too (although the why of that pisses me off, but that’s another post).
The thing is, while I’m competitive and I want us to be first, first, first, and to lead the way in discovery and innovation, I like to acknowledge the discovery, innovation and hard work all around the world. So, I loved how this began, but I didn’t like how it ended: “The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and our universities, in our fields and our factories, in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth.” People work hard everywhere.
And this was great. “So tonight I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be a community college or a four-year school, vocational training or an apprenticeship.” I wonder what can be done to see that this happens? Could there be like a Peace Corp of education somehow?