The State of the Union 2015: Addressing our Nation’s Progress

On Tuesday night, President Obama addressed the nation in the annual State of the Union speech, laying out his thoughts about the previous year in the United States and presented new policies which he would tackle in 2015. Obama presented ideas about foreign policy, healthcare, fighting Ebola, college education, veterans affairs, and the economy, discussing many controversial topics currently under debate by Congress.

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After making many promises to create solutions to some longstanding problems, he made claims that he wants to work across the aisle to solve these issues. President Obama is an incredibly talented and well-experienced public speaker, and that certainly helped him communicate his plans and policies to the American public.  Mr. Obama’s elegant and powerful speaking skills also earned him the respect of Democrats and even a few Republicans on issues with bipartisan support.  The White House released the transcript of his speech online a few minutes before it began, so that the American public could follow along with his words while watching his address.  Obama was also able to mix in spontaneous jokes and lines not written into his speech, which pleased some, but angered others. He made one statement about not focusing on any more elections, saying “I know because I won both of them,” brought publicity that was blown a bit out of proportion, though nonetheless was an inappropriate statement made by the President.

A powerful portion of Mr. Obama’s speech regarded the recent hack of Sony Pictures’ networks, which most notably cancelled the release of The Interview. This excerpt details the type of power Obama had Tuesday night, and how his message was felt across the nation:

“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.” (Time.com “Full Text: State of the Union 2015”)

Obama made clear his intentions for his final two years in office, and through this powerful speech, he effectively laid out his policies by battling through partisan lines and being highly engaged with his audience.  Through all of the criticism he has faced, he made it clear that the end of his term will bring a prosperous future for the United States of America.

 

— Porter Bowman, School News Editor

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