Obama is keen on innovation to cut through current economic travails. Here are nine excerpts sliced from his State of the Union address:
- The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.
- In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It is how we make our living.
- Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation.
- But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.
- With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.We need to get behind this innovation.
- But if we want to win the future — if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas — then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.
- All these investments — in innovation, education, and infrastructure — will make America a better place to do business and create jobs.
- Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine.
- Our success in this new and changing world will require reform, responsibility, and innovation.
Obama has articulated a national vision in which innovation plays a key role. He has asked that our work as citizens now be about opening new windows, new gateways into the future. It is a time for novel ways of looking at the world to gain traction and generate growth.
I hear Obama calling for new approaches, door-opening conversations, new relationships, bringing to life new structures and courageous interactions, creative progress and practical results. I hear an unmistakable call for innovation.