If you doubt President Obama’s commitment to bringing hope and change in the last year of his presidency, then he’d like you to think twice! The president’s final State of the Union address touched on key elements on what he’d like to achieve in the rest of his term — and in the future, in a lasting legacy.
President Barack Obama‘s final State of the Union address, held January 12, marked the final year of his presidency. A new president will be elected in November 2016, but don’t expect him to be a lame duck. In his speech to his fellow Americans, President Obama outlined his goals for the remainder of his presidency, and his dreams for the years to come after he’s left office.
Though his goals ranged far and were many, President Obama made one thing potently clear in his sprawling, nearly one and a half hour speech (CLICK HERE to read the full transcript): global terrorism needs to be stopped, and will be stopped by the United States military. It’s the only way to keep the American public safe, and protect those who need it too. President Obama let the mic drop on this one.
“If you doubt America’s commitment — or mine — to see that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden. Ask the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, who was taken out last year, or the perpetrator of the Benghazi attacks, who sits in a prison cell,” President Obama said. He stressed that the military’s focus must now be on eliminating ISIL cells, but cannot neglect other terroristic threats either. And it can’t just be big talking; this requires action: “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. That may work as a TV sound bite, but it doesn’t pass muster on the world stage,” he said, ostensibly referring to a lot of the GOP presidential nominees’ views on the matter.
President Obama announced a national effort to work toward a cure for cancer. He said he was putting Vice President Joe Biden “in charge of Mission Control,” because of his extensive work with Congress to give funding to the National Institute of Health for this cause. VP Biden’s son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer at just 49 earlier in 2015.
The remainder of President Obama’s address was a call for what he first ran for as his platform eight years ago: hope and change. He evoked the words of Abraham Lincoln, urging the American public not to “adhere to the dogmas of quiet past,” and “face the future with confidence. He pressed the importance of recognizing the impact of climate change, implementing free college for all students, and stressing that the United States not make the mistake of not persecuting those of different cultures or religions. He urged all citizens to welcome Syrian refugees with open arms.
“When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.” President Obama said. “We the people.”
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