Loved Obama's speech tonight, haven't felt like this since post-election glow.
While no big surprises, his delivery never ceases to amaze. The three pillars of the speech - energy, healthcare & education - were all perfectly encased in both measured caution and contagious optimism.
Below are a few things that I've come across over the past few days/hours that have stayed with me:
Energy: Hard not to be excited about this one - wind, solar, green --> jobs. Thomas Friedman wrote a great op-ed piece about funding new technology (eco and otherwise) and proposed this motto: "Start ups, not bailouts: nurture the next Google, don't nurse the old G.M.'s." Our auto troubles may dominate the news, but they're nowhere near as intriguing as what's to come in alternative energy. This commercial (via @ericwebber) from years ago still makes me smile:
Healthcare: Horrific stat of the night: "The crushing costs of healthcare causes a bankruptcy every 30 seconds." Wow.
Education: Another nice op-ed piece, this one from Nicholas Kristof about education as our greatest national shame. Good info on just how much teachers matter, above almost everything else (@maggiewendell already knows this). Education Secretary Arne Duncan describes the stimulus as a “staggering opportunity,” the kind that comes once in a lifetime.
And lastly, a quote from Stanford economist Paul Romer who famously said: "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste." It's going to be an interesting year.