On Wednesday night, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address, renewing many of the promises that he made to a joint session of Congress one year ago.
Obama vigorously defended his legislative agenda concerning job creation, healthcare reform, climate change and his economic stimulus plan, while also acknowledging that many Americans have lost faith in his promise of change and are irritated with the partisan squabbling in Washington.
"I know there are many Americans who aren’t sure if they still believe we can change — or that I can deliver it," Obama said matter-of-factly. "But remember this — I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I could do it alone."
The president chastised Congress several times, demanding that they not walk away from healthcare reform and "finish the job for the American people."
However, the centerpiece of Obama’s speech was job creation. He insisted that the Senate craft a similar piece of legislation to the House bill that was passed last year, proposed a tax credit for companies that hire new employees and called for an elimination of the capital gains tax on small business investment.
"I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay," Obama said vehemently.
The president also defended some of his more unpopular political moves, including the Wall Street bailout, banking reform as well as cap-and-trade climate legislation.