President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, delivered Tuesday, was a campaign speech. Of that there should be no doubt, as the president continues working hard for re-election this fall.
Obama maintains his administration has achieved much for Americans, that "change" has been brought to Washington.
In a way the president probably hopes voters will not recognize, much has changed. Consider:
When Obama took office in January 2009, the national debt was $10.6 trillion. It is now $15.2 trillion, having increased by about $1.5 trillion a year during Obama's time in office.
In 2008, before Obama took office, the federal budget was $2.98 trillion. It has risen under Obama to $3.75 trillion.
When Obama took office, the nation's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. It now is 8.5 percent.
Yes, Obama has brought "change" to Americans. You decide whether it has been beneficial.