Over the past half century, we've split the atom, we've spliced the gene and we've roamed Tranquility Base. We've reached for the stars and never have we been closer to having them in our grasp. New science, new technology is making the difference between life and death, and so we need a national commitment equal to this unparalleled moment of possibility. And so I announce to you tonight that I will bring the full resources of the Federal Government and the full reach of my office to this fundamental goal: We will cure cancer by the end of this decade.
In his not-quite State of the Union last night, President Obama said:
Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy, and save lives. It will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American by seeking a cure for cancer in our time.
Bartlet's staff were divided on the idea:
BARTLET: So I ask you, why shouldn't I stand up and say we are going to cure cancer in ten years?Sam, however says
Silence in the room. No one responds.
I'm really asking.
Well, how close are we to really being able to do this?
It'll be seen as a political ploy.
"I think ambition is good. I think overreaching is good. I think giving people a vision of government that's more than Social Security checks and debt reduction is good. I think government should be optimistic."
President Hope is still being optimistic.