5 Takeaways From President Obama’s State of the Union Address

(AllHipHop News) President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union Address of his second term last night. The speech presented several policy agendas the President hopes will get signed into law this year. AllHipHop.com recaps the five points from the 2013 SOTU that have the greatest impact on the Hip-Hop community.

Economic Growth

What the President said:

“Our economy is adding jobs, but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have skyrocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged. It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth: a rising, thriving middle class.”

What the President plans to do:

President Obama proposed several ideas that he believes will help grow the middle class. He mentioned a job creation plan, deficit reduction centering around entitlement reform & tax reform, a mortgage refinancing bill, repairing America’s infrastructure, and investing in research and development.

While most of those ideas were extensions of his 2012 campaign, the President did propose a new plan – raising the minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour which many financial experts believe is far below an effective living wage. President Obama wants the federal minimum wage raised to $9 an hour.

Climate Change

What the President said:

“Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, all are now more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it’s too late.”

What the President plans to do:

President Obama called on the Congress to create bipartisan legislation to combat climate change similar to the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Acts. The three failed bills from 2003, 2005, and 2007 would have given economic incentives for companies that put a cap on the amount of Global Warming causing pollutants they released.

The President did say that if Congress refuses to act he will direct his Cabinet to take action to reduce pollution and find ways to speed up the transition to sustainable energy sources like solar power and clean natural gas. President Obama also proposed creating an Energy Security Trust that would eventually get American vehicles off of oil permanently.


What the President said:

“Now, to grow our middle class, our citizens have to have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require.”

What the President plans to do:

The President spent a large portion of the speech talking about the importance of education and how he plans to help citizens of all economic backgrounds have access to affordable, quality education. He began by focusing on early childhood education and asking the states to work with him to make preschool available to all Americans.

He mentioned that students should be able to graduate from high school with a technical or associate’s degree and that high schools need to partner with colleges and businesses to create classes that focus more on science, technology, engineering, and math.

The President also said that Congress needs to change the Higher Education Act to improve the implementation of federal aid, and that the federal government will begin releasing a “college scorecard” so parents and students can make better decisions about choosing the best higher education institution that they can afford.

Voting Reform

What the President said:

“We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes one of the most fundamental rights of a democracy, the right to vote. When any American – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right because they can’t wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.”

What the President plans to do:

After acknowledging 102-year-old Desiline Victor (a Florida voter who was one of the citizens that had to wait for hours to cast her vote) sitting in the vistors’ gallery, President Obama announced that he has selected lawyers from his own and Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns to head a new nonpartisan commission to review and give suggestions on how to eliminate voting obstacles across the country.

Gun Control

What the President said:

“I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence, but this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the Second Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform…Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress.

If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote, because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. More than a thousand. One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton.”

What the President plans to do:

In what was clearly the most emotional section of the speech, President Obama called on members of Congress to vote on a series of gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the ability to buy military grade rifles, and reducing the amount of ammunition in magazine clips.

The President believes these measures will help lessen the high number of violent gun crimes in this country like the death of the Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton, the Newtown school shooting, the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and the Aurora Theater massacre.

President Obama simply repeated, “they deserve a vote,” to rousing applause from the audience in the Capitol which included Pendleton’s parents and other family members of gun violence victims. #TheyDeserveAVote became a number 1 trending topic on Twitter during the State of the Union.

You can watch President Obama’s entire State of the Union Address below.

  • cameo

    What a joke , only thing obama is gonna do is give more speeches filled with lies. gayest president in history the queen of welfare

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  • Did you get what you voted for, if not BLAME THE RAPPER THAT FORCED YOU TO VOTE FOR HIM.

    To be fair a lot of people DON’T really understand what all that means THEY NEED A RAPPER TO TRANSLATE IT INTO STREET LINGO.

    • Translation, in Hip Hop’ese 4 u, real fast, 1st they take yo’ guns, then they take You’ @$$!

    • Q.

      But you anti-Obama mofos act like there was a better political alternative. Who’s left? McCain? Romney? Hillary? Palin? LMAO

      At the Presidential level, the honest people don’t even get to participate in the election, and anybody from the establishment that you vote for in this bi-cameral, two-headed beast system, results in a LOSE-LOSE situation, in terms of your ultimate FREEDOM. All the recent Presidents are Skull & Bones NWO puppets. SO HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CHANGE THIS SYSTEM FROM THE TOP DOWN?

      And please don’t come out the azz with that Ron Paul B.S. He’s the enemy too. If you choose a millionaire to craft policy, you’re getting fuccked, right off the rip. LOL

  • Sean Taylor

    blah blah blah……blah…blah…blah…blah

    what a joke. 5yrs later same b.s. speech

  • Biba Adams

    Being in my 30’s, a lot of the issues the President is looking to address will become long term issues for my generation and my kid. Now is the time to put some great policy in place so that we can all live better as we age. This President is addressing the issues of the hip-hop generation. Now, let’s tackle student loan debt.

    • The student loan debt and the interest it generates, benefits the banks, so that is an issue that will get avoided, while our children still get exploited.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        that fuckin’ republican bahner, or whatever his name is, who got voted in congress, and sits on the right, next to the VP – always has dis-respectable smirk on his fuckin’ face at The President’s back when he’s talkin – check it out Every time, like the picture on this page – If I was in charge of the Security Detail, I wudda checked him along time ago and let’em know our finger is on tha trigger and about to fill his ass with lead if he make a wrong move.

      • Q.

        Calm down, Django. No, you wouldn’t. LOL

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Q – OhYES, I would – why would you think not?

      • Q.

        If I believed you, I’d answer that.

      • Oh yes he would….he isn’t D’Jango….he’s Stephen ( Sammy Jackson )

      • Q.

        LOL But do think Stephen would be pro-Obama?

        I think he would be spooked (no pun intended) by a “Negro” President!

      • At his age, and during this time, he would understand, that color no longer matters, and Massa is Massa, and still needs his boots licked!

        Good point though, he would probably be dude that was talking ‘chet on the walk to Candy Land….or dude getting eaten by the dogs.

      • best_believe

        It happens to every president if the opposite party is sitting there.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        best-believe – no it woudn’t.

      • best_believe

        If you don’t believe it more power to you. But if you knew what he was saying was full of shit. You’d make them faces to. This is the president who preaches about not taxing the middle class but we’ll be the ones who get screwed. Go do that $9 minimum wage and see how prices of everything go up. So he can be his taxes one way or another. And the unemployment goes through the roof. Who’s gonna pay for 4 year old day care when they need there parents. The government needs to stop taking the place of mommy and daddy. He was preaching roads and bridges for 4 years. But he just wants to keep borrowing money.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        best_believe – your opinion ain’t got nothin’ to do with what we’re talkin’ about – and that’s what I’d have told that boy bahner – which is we are ready to fill his smirk with lead at the instant of a wrong move.

    • Casor_Greener

      Pay your loans. Isht is not that hard, Folks will go finance $25K for a new car and not complain, but are scared to drop $40k to repay over 20 years to change their life.

      Some people need a clue

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  • disqus_s0XceIJKUs

    At least this President is going to try and is openly putting out his agenda. The Republicans are stopping whatever he’s been trying to pass and you who are complaining think it was better when we had 8 years of the Bush administration? Get a life and a clue instead of posting ignorant comments research your facts

    • best_believe

      You get a life. Bush worst unemployment number which was his last month in office was better then obamas best. And if you keep saying its congress fault. Then the same goes for bush cause the Dems ran the house and senate the last 2 years when everything went to hell. Raising the minimum wage is another form of raising taxes on rich and poor. That $1 Mcdouble is gonna be $1.50. And cause more unemployment. If you owned a business and the government is gonna reach I ya pockets more you gonna have to fire someone. He don’t know what he’s doing. My bad. Yes he does.

  • Galactus

    if you ride with obama you ride against hip hop and everything it stands for.

    • chris reeves

      What the hell you talking about? Obviously you dont know anything about hiphop

      • Galactus

        Test me!

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  • Derek Yisrael

    Why is Chicago still one of the most violent cities in illinois, did he clean it up when he was senator of illinois? No, he didn’t. Did he stop the violence there? No he didn’t. Does Chicago have the strictest gun laws in the nations? Yes they do. Can most peole possess a handgun in Chicago? No they can’t. Does Chicago still have the highest gun violence in the nation? Yes they do.

  • Derek Yisrael

    Did he care about all the black kids being murdered in Chicago before Newtown? No he didn’t. Does he care about all the black kids being murdered in Chicago after Newtown? No he doesn’t. And yet in still you love this man who don’t love you and our race.

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