February 15, 2013
“Not rivals for power but partners for progress”

In his 1962 State of the Union address, John F. Kennedy said that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.” (You can read the entire address here:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=9082)


President Barack Obama revisited Kennedy’s quote at the beginning of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. In a climate of increasing rivalry in politics, the president reminds us, as Kennedy urged citizens more than fifty years ago, that overcoming these rivalries in pursuit of progress is the most important task of all.


Read President Obama’s address here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2013


What is your reaction to this statement? Can Congress overcome rivalries to partner for progress?

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