2016 State of the Union Address: Enhanced

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by Kelechi Anyanwu, Staff Writer

On January 12, 2016; President Obama gives his last State of the Union address. The crowd included senators, governors, military officials, justices, and invited guests. Congressmen running for office in 2016 like Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bernie Sanders are present. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduces the president and speech begins. Obama starts off by saying “For this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.” This little joke was used to get the crowd ready for his speech. The president also makes references to the election: “I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa”. Afterwards, Obama becomes more serious and begins his final state of union address.

The president tells of his accomplishments which range from reformed health care system to getting gay marriage legalized. These are met with applause from almost everyone in the room. Then, Obama asks four questions involving economy, technology, world’s policeman, and polices. These questions are answered in order and are given in detail. He starts off talking about economy by saying, “America…has the most durable economy in the world.” This again is met by applause with some standing and others quietly sitting down (I’m talking about you Paul Ryan). His statement is backed up by giving examples of our strong economy: 14 million new jobs and strongest job growth since 1990s.

Going further on the speech and Obama begins to talk about issues around the world. This included opening borders with Cuba and dealing with terrorist networks. ISIL is addressed specifically, with Obama and telling Americans that they aren’t a threat, then telling how well they dealt with terrorists in the past, including killing Osama Bin Laden. Other issues that are discussed involve the environment and what needs to be done to fix it.

Overall Obama’s speech was adequate and met with applause here and there. His ending talked about bipartisanship and future of the country. Thus, putting a well written closing, for his last state of union address.