What is the State of the Union address?
- The State of the Union address is delivered annually by the President of the US to a joint session of the US Congress.
- Under Article II, Sec. 3 of the US Constitution, Presidents are obligated to appraise Congress on the nation's current situation and outline his legislative agenda for the year ahead.
- Since 1934, it usually happens been between January 3 and February 12.
The designated survivor
Customarily, one cabinet member does not attend the address, in order to provide continuity in the line of succession, in case a catastrophe disables the President, the Vice President, and other succeeding officials gathered in the House chamber.
Obama's last State of the Union address
13 Jan 2016
- Barack Obama gave his last and final State of the Union address, almost seven years after first being elected President of the United States.
- His eighth and last State of the Union address focused on the future, leaving people with difficult questions to answer about America's role in the world.
- Obama has one year left before his tenure as President is completed.
What were the key points addressed by Obama?
- Defending his administrations economic policies, Obama stated that the US economy was currently the "most durable economy in the world".
- He also stated that the Republicans' stance on ISIS was alarmist and the ISIS "does not threaten our (US) national existence."
- In a reference to GOP candidate Donald Trump, Obama slammed politicians who "insult Muslims" or target people "because of race or religion."
Republicans slam Obama's speech
- Donald Trump reacted to Obama's address via twitter stating that the speech was, "really boring, slow, lethargic - very hard to watch!"
- House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that Obama's speech still failed to elaborate on how the US was to defeat ISIS.
- Republican Ted Cruz stated that the speech was "less a State of the Union and more a state of denial."
Democrats laud Obama's governance
- While Obama's address was underway, Hillary Clinton's campaign sent out a fundraising email praising the President's leadership and policies.
- Martin O'Malley seconded Obama's calls for better Social Security and praised the President, tweeting - "We are stronger today b/c of him".
- Bernie Sanders said Obama's speech was important as it taught American's to "wield (change) to improve the lives of all Americans".
Obama administration: Six years and 358 days later
- According to the White House, Obama took office when the US faced one of it's worst financial crises and amidst one of it's largest international interventions.
- It states that since then, the Obama administration has created over 14.1 million jobs and brought back over 160,000 troops.
- However, his stances on national security, healthcare and domestic gun crime has been the subject of widespread criticism.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley applaud Obama during State of the Union - Washington Times
PC: '2011 State of the Union fisheye' by Lawrence Jackson - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
PC: 'Livingood Obama State of the Union 2011' by Pete Souza - Licensed under Public Domain via Commons