Obama comes to HVCC.

Yesterday President Obama made a visit to Hudson Valley Community College to address the people of the Capital District.  In his speech he outlined the plans his administration have for fixing many of our countries leading problems including education and environmental reform.  The President praised HVCC and the work of TEC SMART in creating cleaner energy and researching ways to make things even more energy efficient.

Although articles and blogs from the Times Union seem to highlight on the big impression Obama has left on those who attended and watched from home the front page of the New York Times focused on Obama’s push to have governor Paterson step aside.

After reading all of these articles I began to think about what role the President should be playing in state affairs.  Should the President use his position to mold state assemblies?  Should we care?

The first question seems to be the toughest to answer, as articles from the Times suggest.  From reading the articles I have come to the conclusion that many agree that is is acceptable for the President to try and create the strongest state legislature he can, but he should not publicly show his preferences.  This idea makes me wary in the sense that we want our government to be as transparent as can be and this whole idea seems to contradict that notion.

To answer the second question, yes we should care.  Whenever the leaders of this country are making decisions, such as who will run for office or who the President wants to run, the people should know about it and should care.  These representatives are representing us, and their decisions, however minimal, directly affect the citizens of this country.  So yes we should care that Obama wishes Paterson to step down and we should care that the President (throughout our countries history) have put weighted preference on certain candidates.  In the end it is still the citizens choice who is elected into office, but it may be due to Presidential influences that certain candidates are even in the position to run.

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