Take a Peek at Obama’s Last State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night will be non-traditional, according to the White House.
A week after bypassing the Congress for the expansion of his gun rules, Obama will be delivering his last State of the Union address. He might use the opportunity to highlight other issues on his agenda that he will be addressing like Guantanamo Bay.
“You’ll hear him talk about every American having a shot in this changing economy. You’ll hear him talk about using all the elements of our national power to protect and grow the influence of this country. And importantly, Jake, you’ll hear the president talk about making sure that every American has a chance to influence this democracy. Not the select few, not the millionaires and the billionaires, but every American,” said Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, during an interview with CNN’s Jae Tapper.
Looking back at 2015, President Obama has fulfilled about 50% of his goals for last year. However, some big ones are still unfulfilled. Among those was securing approval from the Congress to use force against the Islamic State. As for his plan for a free community college, Republicans didn’t approve of it. They called it an expensive proposal that didn’t have much of a payoff. The president used executive action when legislative proposals tanked.
Despite those misses though, he did hit some of goals for 2015. One of the biggest was when he scored a foreign policy after he negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran. He got help from democrats to block the Republicans from rejecting it. Another was when helped secure an international agreement for climate change, which was one of the goals he laid out during last year’s State of the Union address.
“The kinds of decisions that he will make over the course of next year, and that the next president will have to make during their tenure in office, will have a substantial impact on whether or not we pass on a country to the next generation of Americans that is … as secure, that is as prosperous, and is as a fair as the United States has ever been,” said Josh Earnest, the Press Secretary of the White House, on Monday.
The speech may become a mix of a valedictorian’s “look how far we’ve come” addresses and calls to action aimed for the voting public on various issues that are close to President Obama’s heart.
“What I want to focus on in this State of the Union address is not just the remarkable progress we’ve made, not just what I want to get done in the year ahead, but what we all need to do together in the years to come — the big things that will guarantee an even stronger, better, more prosperous America for our kids. The America we believe in. That’s what’s on my mind,” said Obama in a video released by the White House on Wednesday.