It was an emotional evening for America last night. Whether we agree with every policy and decision our president has made, he is still “our” president. Last night, President Barak Obama, the 44th President of the United States, made his seventh and final State of the Union address.
Before his address, President Obama, being the first president to utilize social media so prominently, tweeted “I’m treating this last state of the Union just like my first- because I’m still just as hungry.” He wasted no time in joking with and throwing shade at his fellow colleagues. If you missed last night’s State of the Union address, here are a few points that our President wants us to know that he will continue to fight for before leaving office, all things in which he says still matter to hardworking families.
- Helping students learn to write computer codes
- Personalizing medical treatments for patients
- Fixing a broken immigration system
- Protecting our children from gun violence
- Equal pay for equal work
- Paid Leave
- Raising Minimum wage
- Protecting our country from terrorism
The President also spoke on the future and proposed four major questions for the country to answer, regardless of who is president and what party controls Congress.
- How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?
- How do we make technology work for us and not against, especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?
- How do we keep America safe and lead the world with becoming its policeman?
- How can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us and not what’s worse?
ABC News correspondent, Matthew Dowd, stated that President Obama has been faced with “a country that is dissatisfied, disillusioned and distrustful of what they perceive as a dysfunctional government. Today, he is faced with a country that is in much discord and conflict than what we’ve seen in generations.” Nevertheless, President Obama encouraged America to work together, reminding us that not only are we still the greatest and most powerful country in the world, but there is much work to be done and issues to address to ensure our country remains as such.
WWe do not know who our next leader will be, but hopefully we can all agree on one thing: May God Bless America.
Take some time to watch the full State of the Union Address below.
Written By: Melody Lucas