Commentary: Will Obama's Call to Action Inspire Bipartisan Cooperation?

The State of Our Union Depends on It

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President Barack Obama touched on a variety of issues-- energy, jobs, technology, climate change and the middle class-- in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Yahoo News asked voters to respond to his speech. Here's one perspective.

COMMENTARY | For the past four years, I sat back and watched as members of Congress bickered and battled like stubborn toddlers wanting to get their way. It saddens me to see the leaders of our great nation so polarized while throughout the United States people are struggling.

Here in Lee's Summit, Mo., I know friends and neighbors who lose their jobs and homes on a monthly basis. For our family, it is increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Household expenses have risen, forcing us to squeeze more and more out of every dollar.

So, as President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, I was struck most by his call for congressional action. In his opening remarks, Obama quoted John F. Kennedy: "The Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress." The president went on to ask for bipartisan cooperation in addressing issues, such as creating new jobs, helping families refinance their mortgages, redesigning America's high schools, and increasing the minimum wage. When it came to immigration reform, President Obama challenged Congress to send him a bill, saying, "Let's get this done."

I will be watching to see if Congress can, in fact, get anything done. President Obama said, "The American people don't expect government to solve every problem. They don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party."

Yes, President Obama, we do.

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