East Side Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney called The Politicker as soon as the President’s State of the Union address concluded and delivered a simple message: “I was inspired,” she said.
She said she particulary approved of Obama’s use of the analogy of the space race from the middle part of the last century to spur Americans to remain globally competitive.
“Half a century ago,” Obama said. “When the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs. This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”
Said Maloney, “He said we not competing between Democrats and Republicans, but we are competing against other countries and what we are talking about is winning the future– the innovation, the investment in education, building our infrastructure.”
As Obama often does in these moment, he hit soared at the conclusion of the speech, saying,
From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.
We are a nation that says, “I might not have a lot of money, but I have this great idea for a new company. I might not come from a family of college graduates, but I will be the first to get my degree. I might not know those people in trouble, but I think I can help them, and I need to try. 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. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it is because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong.
Maloney said this was one of her favorite moments of the night.
“Breathtaking,” she called it.