The State of The Union address, which happens once a year in January, is a message delivered from the president of the U.S. to Congress about the administration’s view on how the nation is doing and what kind of laws they’ll be working on passing next.
Last night was Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech. He spoke about his agenda to finish his last 2 years by building on what he called “middle-class economics.” He outrightly challenged the new Republican-led Congress, saying that if they try to pass anything he doesn’t like, he will veto it.
Obama sounded extremely confident and not worried at all about ruffling some feathers. He talked about his plans for free higher education, raising minimum wage, guaranteeing paid sick leave for American workers, and putting in place an enormous tax hike that will take much more from the “superrich,” as he calls them, and give to the middle class as well as pay for his initiative to make community college ‘free’ for the first 2 years. He also took jabs at the Keystone XL pipeline and vowed to fight GOP bills that would try to destroy ObamaCare and his recent executive immigration actions.
“Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way,” Obama said.
Throughout the speech, Obama also kept reiterating that the economy and the country are bouncing back after the recession and the wars.
According to Fox News, Obama declared, “Tonight, we turn the page,” claiming: “The shadow of crisis has passed.”
The president even reminded Republicans of his electoral successes. After declaring he had no more campaigns to run, he made a wisecrack rare off-script comment with, “I know ‘cos I won both of them.”
Needless to say, this guy pushed some buttons and angered some people last night, as claps from right-leaning members of Congress became more scarce throughout the night.
You can check out the full text of the speech on Medium, or watch a clip of it below.
There were pretty hilarious responses to the speech all across the internet though. Plus, the twitter hashtag #StateOfTheUnionInThreeWords became popular.
But really, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz stole the show…