Last night was the speech we have all been waiting for: Obama’s LAST State of the Union Address. At 9:00PM last night, Obama took the stage in the House Chamber of the US Capitol Building and delivered his last State of the Union Address. In case you missed it, here is what you need to know.
For the first time, new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan took his seat behind President Obama, replacing John Boehner. Of course, there were many guests at the event, invited by the First Family and Congress members alike. Some of these guests include Muslim-Americans, a Syrian refugee, the first female commandant of West Point, Kim Davis, and Coach Jim Harbaugh from the University of Michigan. The First Lady, Michelle Obama, announced that one seat in her box would be left empty to represent “the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.” No word on if she left an empty seat for the victims of abortion who were never given the chance to have a voice.
President Obama began his speech with a joke, stating that he would make his speech short so that people “could get back to Iowa.” He openly acknowledged that very few things will get down in this election year, and expressed his hopes that he and Speaker Ryan could work together to achieve some bipartisan action.
President Obama changed up the usual laundry list tactics, but instead he would still work to fix our “broken immigration system”, raise the minimum wage, and save children from gun violence.
Obama’s last address to the chamber was not focused solely on the next year, but on the future as well, including five and ten years ahead.
He posed four big questions that he wanted to address in his speech, and see answered in the future.
How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity in this new economy?
How do we make technology work for us, not against us, especially climate change?
How do we keep American safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
How can we make our politics reflect what is best in us, not what is worst?