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Obama Talks In detail of Americans’ fears in recent State of the union

President Obama gave a speech on Tuesday to talk about the new ambitious vision for America’s future, but also did speak of his own failure to take care of the political divisions that are holding back progress, which in turn he says is a lasting disappointment of his time in office.

On television he avoided the speaking of all the policies to put in, but instead his final state of the union was about a hopeful picture of the nation after his seven years of leadership, which in turn brought about a better economy and a better standing in the world despite the inequality at home and the terrorism happening still.

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However, Obama did take responsibility for not reaching the end goal that he promised when he took office eight years ago to transform the state of the political world that day.  One of his few regrets was that the rancor and suspicion between both of the parties has ended up getting worse instead of better.  He did speak about how if he did have the gifts that Lincoln and Roosevelt have, there might be less of a divide.

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He did talk about how many Americans do feel frightened and shut from the political and economic issues because they see it as rigged against the interests, but he did give a small rebuke of republicans who use those insecurities in the chance to succeed him.  He urged others to not listen to those who act like that, and you shouldn’t try to listen to those who scapegoat others, or hurt others that aren’t like them.  He then did speak against the bleak appraisals in the state of the nation by ending it in an upbeat assessment.  He did call his opponents version of the world a fiction and did defend many of the decisions, and he did single out in same cases Trump, who is the leading republican candidate for his criticism of peoples.  He said as well that Americans must resist the calls to stigmatize all of the Muslims as threats from the Islamic state.

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He then asks the audience if the changes of our time with fear become better or will people turn against others as a people.  He also made an indirect derisive reference to Ted Cruz who is another presidential candidate and contender who did criticize Obama’s foreign policy and tried to get him to “carpet bomb” the Islamic state. 

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He said that the president needs to solve these problems, and the answers need to be more than tough talk and carpet bombing the civilians.  Obama did use lofty rhetoric along with punchy, colloquial language, and it did draw more scattered applause in the past, and the president did seem liberated in his decision not to give out the normal legislative proposals, and instead he spoke formally and with humor dotted in there throughout the entire speech.  He worked to answer central questions instead of rattling about points, something that changed the way people view the man.

 

Donald Trump has Now Tied with Pope Francis as the Second Most Admired Man in America

Recently, Americans have named Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama as the most admired man and woman in 2015, with Donald Trump Earning the same as Pope Francis in a survey that was recently released.

On the list of the most admired women, Clinton got about 13 percent of the poll and was the top woman for the pole for the 20th time.  It was seven more times in percentage than Eleanor Roosevelt.  Obama earned about 17% on the man’s side, and it was his eighth time at the top of the list, tying for second in occurrence between Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.  Former president Dwight D. Eisenhower was named the most admired man 12 times, which is the record.

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Coming in second to Clinton was the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai with about five percent, and following that was opera Winfrey and Michelle Obama with about 4% of the votes.  Below them were also many different political figures from all around the world, from some of the presidential candidates, to even the German chancellor and the Myanmar politician, but they all had about 2% or less of the votes.

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Now, in the list of the most admired men, Pope Francis and Donald Trump were tied for second place, earning about 5% of the votes, with Bill Gates at 2%.  On this list as well included many of the political and religious figures that are out in the world, such as the Dalai lama and George W. Bush, but they rounded out the top 10 with only about a percent each.  For Trump, this is actually his fifth time being in the final top 10, with instances occurring four times years before since 1989.

This poll was conducted on December 2-6, with over 824 adults being surveyed nationwide via landlines and through phones.  The overall margin of error is about +/- 4 percentage points, but that doesn’t mean much in this case.

This poll also had the error however of only being conducted in the US, with many of the significant figures that were being chosen residing in this country.  Also, many of the ones that were chosen were also ones that have had a lot of exposure on major news networks such as Fox and ABC, whereas many of the other ones were normally thrown off by the side in terms of coverage.

Also keeping in mind the demographics of voters, this list does say something about many people in the country in terms of who they consider to be important and admirable people.  It does have a margin of error, and if this poll was conducted outside of the US as well as within the country, there would probably be a different set of people chosen in terms of who was considered admirable in other people around the world, and who isn’t considered in that vein in other countries that are around.