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November 08, 2012

President Obama: America Depends on Science and Technology

By Daniel Brecht, Contributing Writer

During his post-election speech, newly re-elected President Barack Obama has made it clear to the American public that he would continue to support the country’s legacy as the global leader in technology, discovery and innovation, with education, jobs and new opportunities to follow.

During President Obama’s pre-election campaign, he ensured citizens that the country will be constructing a strong economic future by creating jobs, enhancing income and adding businesses and work opportunities – he cited two fields in particular, science and technology, in his victory speech.

Can President Obama revive America’s famous saying, “The land of opportunity?” All Americans can do is wait and see!

Sure enough, on Tuesday Nov. 6, during his win speech, he re-ensured America that he will do what he can for those willing to work. On his agenda is an initiative for Americans to have the opportunity to get a full education, gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the profession they wish - to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president.

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For example, the president’s pursuits of innovative researchers in the science and technology professions are often honored at the White House. Presidents have lately made it a habit to award science and engineering professionals with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). It is an award established by President Bill Clinton, in 1996, for those that carry on exceptional research and have demonstrated scientific leadership.

Not only was former President Clinton committed to scientific research, President Obama is too: His FY 2013 budget shows his commitment to scientific research and innovation as well. Early this year, in August, Obama declared, “Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.”

America may be uncertain about what to expect from President Obama during his second term, but it seems clear what he has in store for jobs and to improve the economy. He, at least, has high hopes in the short run (up to 2016 - his four year term) for America.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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