Obama confronts major issues in his last State of Union Address

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Obama confronts major issues faced by America in his last State of Union Address.

This Tuesday saw an ambition future vision of America as set forth by President Obama in his last State of Union Address. He also emphasized on his failure as a lasting disappointment to tend the political divisions that have been holding the country’s progress.
Obama confronts major issues in his last State of Union Address

In his speech, he avoided policy prescriptions and instead he talked about a successful vision of the nation after his 7 years tenure. He talked about resurgent economy and progress despite issues like terrorism and inequality.

President Obama accepted that he fell short of his goal to transform American Politics and the America itself.

“It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency, that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. A president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide,” he said.

He acknowledged  the feelings of the Americans against the present economic and political system. He said, “As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background. We can’t afford to go down that path.”

He repeatedly contrasted the Republican’s view with that of his own. He said his opponents are “a fiction” and singled out Donald J. Trump for his criticism of the Muslim community.

Mr. Obama said, “Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?”

Pointing at the global challenges, Mr. Obama said, “The world will look to us to help solve these problems and our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet bomb civilians.” 
The speech gathered more applause than any of the earlier ones and lasted for an hour and 4 minutes. He talked in an informal tone with a mix of humor.

He said, “Now I’m guessing we won’t agree on health care anytime soon,” when sound of a single person clapping could be heard from the Republican side. He smiled and said “A little applause back there.”

He had left an empty chair besides first lady as a symbol of Gun violence victims. Among his guests was a Syrian refugee too.

Mr. Obama pointed out the importance of innovation in progress and called for a “moonshot” effort for cancer cure to be led by VP Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Mr. Obama sought to answer four main questions posed by his aides – how to fix the country’s broken politics, how to ensure opportunity for all, how to maintain country’s security and how to harness technology.

He called to put an end to gerrymandering and asked citizens to participate more in the politics. This was also the theme of his first campaign.

Mr. Obama has a final address to give at the Democratic convention, but this might be his last big speech.

He traced his presidency in his speech including new gun laws, bids for immigration overhaul, climate pacts, free trade, economic recovery and Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Obama also spoke about his approach towards tackling ISIS. He also mentioned how the nation is positioned with other nations to solve global challenges and highlighted the achievements including Iran Nuclear Deal, new relations with Cuba, climate change accord signed in Paris and efforts put into combating Ebola.

Republicans too couldn’t let go of this chance to put forward their agenda against the President.
Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina said, “The president’s record has often fallen far short of his soaring words. As he enters his final year in office, many Americans are still feeling the squeeze of an economy too weak to raise income levels.”


She added, “Even worse, we are facing the most dangerous terrorist threat our nation has seen since September 11th, and this president appears either unwilling or unable to deal with it.  If we held the White House taxes would be lower, spending slowed and the military strengthened. We would make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around,” she said.

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