24 Matching Annotations
  1. Jan 2016
    1. To stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable

      Shout out for Jesus!

    2. there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes

      racists on Twitter

    3. What I’m asking for is hard

      21st century version of "ask not what your country can do for you …"

    4. we need to work together to find a real solution

      Citizens United amendment?

    5. There’s no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln

      A statement of humility, but even he couldn't prevent war

    6. democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest

      Millennials feel this most strongly

    7. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention.

      The GOP has all but stated this as an intentional goal

    8. It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates.
    9. This is a big country, with different regions and attitudes and interests.  That’s one of our strengths, too.

      Hello, Middle America

    10. When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer.  That’s not telling it like it is.  It’s just wrong.  It diminishes us in the eyes of the world.  It makes it harder to achieve our goals.  And it betrays who we are as a country.


    11. When we help African countries feed their people and care for the sick, that prevents the next pandemic from reaching our shores.

      Argument for global interconnectedness

    12. commitment to the rule of law
      • except when going after terrrorists
    13. When you come after Americans, we go after you

      So much for rule of law?

    14. alone if necessary

      No rejection of the Bush doctrine from this president

    15. destroyed
    16. 21st century transportation system
    17. better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet

      Addressing tragedy of the commons

    18. wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power
    19. You’ll be pretty lonely


    20. Silicon Valley

      Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, is an immigrant (screen bump on White House stream)

    21. If that new job doesn’t pay as much, there should be a system of wage insurance in place so that he can still pay his bills.

      Economic security, in an economy without job security

    22. basic benefits should be just as mobile as everything else is today

      Particularly important in the gig/sharing economy

    23. After all, it’s not much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber.


    24. how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy