Soaring rhetoric of the State of Union

President Obama could have made more of his opportunity Wednesday to buck up a nation buffeted by dismal employment figures and constant sniping at the highest levels of the government.

He could have done far worse, however.

We’re heartened that the president recognizes that “The true engine of job determination in this country has always been American businesses.”

The president’s clear recognition of the needs for nuclear power and clean coal are welcome and they will earn him criticism from some of his strongest supporters.

Agree or disagree, he seems willing to take political heat to get things done.

That’s refreshing.

The president also called, again, for health-care reform, saying he wouldn’t walk away from uninsured Americans “and neither should the people in this chamber.”

He then challenged critics to offer something better and said they now had to share the responsibility to govern.

He didn’t, however, offer an olive branch.

The president called for more transparency in several areas, notably earmarks, a call that we’ve heard before on a different subject, only to be disappointed.

We hope, though, that the president’s soaring rhetoric is matched by his commitment to the ideas he espoused.


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