Following last November's tidal wave that destroyed the Liberal monopoly in Washington, President Obama delivered his most centrist speech of his presidency last night at the State of the Union address. He appealed to the public that he has the right answers for our country, beyond those proposed by the far right and far left in office. He delivered himself as "Mr. Compromise".
He proposed discretionary cuts to the operations of the federal government, consolidation and elimination of similar federal programs, health care tort reform, and holding teachers accountable -- all traditional Republican ideals. Sadly, these were all issues that he either spoke against or ignored during his first two years in office. In the next few months, President Obama will submit his FY 2012 budget and government reform packages to Congress. We'll watch closely to see if his words last night match the words on the draft legislation.
Based on his centrist promises made last night, the re-election campaign (Obama '12) is now underway. He knows that he needs to run a different campaign than the one that got him elected into office. The American people have voted against his radical reform measures taken during his first two years. It will be interesting to see how attractive it is to the far left, whom he has now abandoned, the African American community, who voted in record numbers for him in 2008, and the broad independent voting base.