January 30, 2011

State of the Union Poetry, Part 2

The Future.
We are the nation
of Google and Facebook.
It's how we make a living.

This is our generation's Sputnik moment.
We're not just handing out money.
We're issuing a challenge.

I'm willing to eliminate
whatever we can honestly afford
to do without.

But we're not doing it
on the backs
of our most vulnerable.

It may feel like you're flying high
at first, but it won't take long
before you'll feel the impact.

Our success in this new and changing world
will require reform, responsibility,
and innovation.

The future is ours to win.

At stake right now? Whether we sustain
the leadership that has made America
Not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.

We measure progress by the success of our people.
by the opportunities for a better life
that we pass on to our children.

It is time to move forward as one nation.
None of this is easy. All of it will take time.
And it will be harder because we will argue about everything.

That's the project the American people want us to work on.

The State of the Union.
And yet I know there isn't a person here
who would trade places with any other
nation on Earth.

This is a place where you can make it if you try.
this is a country where anything's possible.
We do big things.

We are a nation.
I'm not sure how we'll reach that better place
beyond the horizon

But I know we'll get there.
I know we will.
We do big things.

The idea of America endures.
Our destiny remains our choice.
The state of our union is strong.

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