President Obama in his weekly address applauded the work being done in the areas of research, science, and technology by stakeholders in America’s future.
“It’s awe-inspiring stuff,” the President remarked after he met a young man who was paralyzed for more than a decade, who could now not only move a prosthetic arm but actually feel with the fingers as a result of breakthrough made in brain implants.
“It shows how investing in science and technology spurs our country towards new jobs and new industries; new discoveries that improve and save lives,” the President declared.
He further noted that the U.S. has always maintained its tradition of being the leader in new, creative, and innovative ideas.
“That’s always been our country’s story, from a Founding Father with an idea to fly a kite in a thunderstorm, to the women who solved the equations to take us into space, to the engineers who brought us the internet. Innovation is in our DNA,” said the President.
He also argued that it’s only through science the country will be able to cure diseases, save the only planet and ensure that America keeps its competitive advantages as the world’s most innovative economy.
He, however, noted that unenlightened and backward thinking shown by some leaders will only serve to keep the country from moving forward.
“Some folks choose to stick their heads in the sand about basic scientific facts. It’s not just that they’re saying that climate change a hoax or trotting out a snowball on the Senate floor,” he said.
He added, “They’re also doing everything they can to gut funding for research and development, the kinds of investments that brought us breakthroughs like GPS, and MRIs, and put Siri on our smartphones.”
The President also made the point that in the past leaders were committed to the cause of science and got research budget approved, easily.
He said, “That’s why, in my first inaugural address, I vowed to return science to its rightful place. It’s why in our first few months, we made the largest single investment in basic research in our history. And it’s why, over the last eight years, we’ve modernized the government’s approach to innovation for the 21st Century.”
Furthermore, he noted that his administration has jumpstarted a clean energy revolution, unleashed the potential of precision medicine, partnered with the private sector and academia, and launched moonshots for cancer, brain research, and solar energy, harnessed big data to foster social innovation and invested in STEM education and computer science.
“That’s what this is about – making sure that America is the nation that leads the world into the next frontier. And that’s why I’ve been so committed to science and innovation – because I’ll always believe that with the right investments, and the brilliance and ingenuity of the American people, there’s nothing we cannot do,” the President concluded.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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