Obama on the state of American politics

Admitting that politics in America hasn’t gotten better, but worse, US President Barack Obama spoke these words  from the place where his political career first began in the Illinois State Senate.

Nine years after he announced his decision to run for the highest office in the country, US President Barack Obama today said that the politics of the country has become worse, but he is still hopeful.

Building on his State of the Union, the President discussed his time in the State Senate working in good faith across party lines with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to effectively govern as an example of proof that a better politics doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything.

Obama said ,”It was a place where, for all our surface differences in a state as diverse as Illinois, my colleagues and I actually shared a lot in common. We fought for our principles, and voted against each other, but because we assumed the best in one another, not the worst, we found room for progress. We bridged differences to get things done.”

Obama , in his weekly radio and web address to the nation from Illinois State Senate,said,”  I will be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better, but worse.Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don’t matter. And when good people are pushed away from participating in our public life, more powerful and extreme voices will fill the void. ”

“They will be the ones who gain control over decisions that could send a young soldier to war, or allow another economic crisis, or roll back the rights that generations of Americans have fought to secure,” the US president said.

“Nine years after I first announced for this office, I still believe in a politics of hope. And for all the challenges of a changing world; for all the imperfections of our democracy; choosing a politics of hope is something that’s entirely up to each of us,” he said.

Obama said the good news is there’s also a lot they can do about this, from reducing the influence of money in politics, to changing the way they draw congressional districts, to simply changing the way they treat each other.

Obama’s second-term presidency is ending in November this year.

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