Twitter exploded Tuesday night after the conclusion of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. #SOTU was trending around the country as millions of people either bashed or congratulated the President. As hundreds of thousands of people bantered about the speech, one response stuck out to me the most. Just minutes after President Obama left the stage, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels spoke on behalf of the GOP. Governor Daniels did not waste any time attacking the President and portraying this white house administration as a failure. ” The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse.” The GOP was quick to act Tuesday night after President Obama made a few remarks in his address to the nation, calling republicans ‘obstacles’ and ‘hurdles’. Governor Daniels quickly raised questions concerning President Obama’s tenure as commander in chief.
This race is going to be long, tedious, and nasty. This was a microcosm of what is to come in the future. We have seen the republican nominee hopefuls turn against each other over the past few months and things will only get worse once it becomes a head to head between (insert republican candidate here) and Barack Obama. This is a very important election for the future of our great nation and I believe that the American people need the candidates to focus on what we want and need as citizens rather than the power that comes from being President of the United States. I completely understand that it is a competition between two people for one position and that each person will do whatever it takes to win but what we need in this country is honest politicians who understand the issues. The country was founded on the principle that the government works for the people not the other way around. The next few months are going to get pretty ugly. I would just like to recommend that all of you readers stick to your principles and focus on the issues that are important to you rather than on which candidate is better at running a smear tactic campaign.
For the generation of tomorrow, the conversation starts today.
Nick Rogers, Drake University