Barack Obama said his State of the Union address on Tuesday that
America has “the strongest, most durable economy in the world”
and called statements of economic decline "fiction."
Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address on Capitol Hill
focused on the economy, technology, keeping America safe “without
becoming the world’s policeman,” and how to make the country’s
politics “the best in us, and not what’s worst.”
Obama said he wanted to talk about the next five years, ten years and
beyond, “I want to focus on our future.”
first part of Obama speech referenced his administration’s
achievement, unemployment cut in half, nearly 900,000 new jobs in the
past six years, a strong economy.
said anyone claiming America’s economy is in decline “is peddling
fiction,” but he did acknowledge that Americans feel anxious
because the economy has changed with technology.
said technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line “but
any job where work can be automated.” He said workers have less
leverage for a pay raise as companies are in a global economy can
locate anywhere and “face tougher competition.”
United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth.
Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the
next eight nations combined,” said
Obama to a thunderous applause.
said no nation dared attack the US or its allies because they know
that’s the path to ruin.
today’s worlds, we are threatened less by evil empires and more by
failing states,” said
Obama. The Middle East is going through a transformation that “will
play out for a generation, rooted in conflicts that date back
need to focus on destroying ISIL,” they “need to be rooted
out, hunted down and destroyed,” but Obama said Congress needs to
be serious about “winning the war.”
said American led a coalition of more than 60 counties to cut of
ISIL’s financing, disrupt their plots, flow of fighters and stamp
out their “vicious ideology,” with nearly 10,000 air strikes.
said the American people should know that with or without
Congressional action, ISIL will learn the same lessons as terrorists
you doubt America’s commitment – or mine – to see justice is
done, ask Osama bin Laden,” said Obama.
said he will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo,
“it’s expensive, it’s unnecessary, and it only serves as a
recruitment brochure for our enemies.”
Obama didn't single out Republican presidental candidate Donald Trump
for his controversial and racist statements by name, he was blunt in
said American need to reject any politics that targets people because
or race or religion. It is not a matter of political correctness but
a matter of understanding.
“When politicians insult Muslims,
when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us
safer. That not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It
diminishes us in the eyes of the world,” said Obama