Obama Targets Trump & Fear in Union Address!!



Obama gave the anti-Trump movement a rallying cry for 2016: "against fear"

Obama Targets Trump & Fear in Union Address!!
 
7th & Final State of the Union Address by President Obama :
  • The president called for an end to poisonous partisan politics. He said its growth was a “regret” of his presidency. He said maybe Lincoln or Roosevelt could’ve done better to bring the country together but in any case he was going to keep trying.
  • Obama framed the upcoming presidential election as a dangerously polarising battle for the soul of America.
  • Obama did not mention two US ships reportedly taken captive by Iran in the Persian Gulf Tuesday. Neither did his Republican respondent, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.
  • Haley’s speech was praised for its moderation and inclusion – and she attacked Donald Trump with calls for religious and racial inclusion, signaling a deepening Republican party split.
  • Obama slammed Trump several times, including when he said that insulting Muslims “betrays who we are”: “It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals.”
  • Obama called for closing the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, again.
  • Obama called for an end to gerrymandering, to excessive and dirty money in politics and to attacks on voting rights.
  • The gist of the president’s take on foreign policy was that “The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period,” which elicited chants of “USA! USA!” in the chamber. Perhaps a SOTU first.
  • The president did a bit of celebrating in the end zone, touting the Paris climate deal, the economic recovery, and his health care law.
  • The president paid tribute to wounded veterans and to the work of the armed services but made scant mention of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention Syria).
  • Obama derided climate change deniers. “Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You’ll be pretty lonely,” he said.
  • Obama said the administration would launch a “moonshot” to beat cancer and that vice president Joe Biden was in charge.
  • The president bravely attempted a couple jokes, poking fun at Republican senators’ political ambitions and at the job security that sometimes comes with being a member of Congress. Was the speech hilarious? No.
  • The president said US economic decline is “a fiction” but that because of wage stagnation, an education gap and other factors, many Americans had not partaken in the economic recovery.
  • The speech made only passing mention of guns and gun violence.
  • The president embarks tomorrow on a trip to drive his message home that will take him to Omaha, Nebraska, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • The first lady’s guest box, usually filled to capacity, included an empty seat this year to symbolically account for victims of gun violence. During the speech the Guardian Twitter account put names and faces to the statistics.

Though Obama never once mentioned Clinton by name, his presence from afar could make the best campaign trail surrogate yet for Clinton. On Tuesday, we may just have seen the beginnings of his stump speech; title it: “Against fear.”

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