Obama promised to have 98 per cent of the US population covered with the next generation of high-speed wireless, although he declined to say what this standard was - LTE, WiMax or even 802.11n.
America was a nation of inventors he said, the land of Edison, Google and Facebook. Interesting that there was no mention of Microsoft or Apple but maybe they were considered too old hat in a speech that was all about the future.
"Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it's not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need," he said.
"That's what planted the seeds for the internet. That's what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS."
In a line that will warm the heart of geeks everywhere Obama called for the winner of the science competition to be as valued as the winner of the Superbowl. Nice sentiment, but Sleuth isn't holding his breath.
He was frank in pointing out the failings of the US to turn out a respectable number of science graduates and offered funds for schools that offered concrete ways to improve the achievements of their students. However, this would have to be funded from tax revenues.
"Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break," he said.
Part of the plans include an impressive rollout of new technology. Obama plans to have 80 per cent of America's power coming from clean energy sources by 2035, although Sleuth suggests this would have to include nuclear power based on currently available solar, wind and tide technology.
He also wanted a million electric cars on the road within four years. Other plans include getting 80 per cent of the US access to high speed rail services that can get you to your destination in half the time of driving. Hopefully these trains will also offer better cuisine than you'd find in the typical US roadside diner.
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