President Obama’s last State of the Union speech was part victory lap, part political campaign and part blame game. His speech was mostly positive in outlining his accomplishments in office, and offered an optimistic vision for America’s future, something which critics were quick to point out is at odds with public anxiety about the economy and terrorism. But Obama’s biggest regret was the political divide in Washington which he has been unable to narrow and which has at times crippled his presidency.
Obama’s countdown to his last day in office has begun, and thus he is starting to make his case to the American public about a worthy successor to fill his shoes. He seemed to show support for Sanders when he spoke about Wall Street as the reason behind the financial crisis. And he was implicitly critical of the alarmist rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates, in particular Trump and Cruz.
Obama described America as the most powerful country on earth, with more jobs, better healthcare and great innovation, and with a bright future in which terrorism will be defeated and cancer will be cured. Perhaps Nikki Haley gave the most telling response when she stated that Obama’s presidency had fallen far short of his soaring words. But in this final stretch and with nothing to lose, aiming so high might not be such a bad thing.
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