Your Annual Dose of Propaganda: The 2015 State of the Union speech
Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his second-to-last State of the Union address as the leader of this doing-pretty-well-I-guess nation.
In general, Obama spent an hour having a liberal wet dream and made proposals and platitudes that Vox is pretty much all for, but which seem absolutely ridiculous in the face of the fact that both the House and the Senate are in Republican hands for at least the next two years.
Regardless, Obama’s ambition in the speech came across clearly. He wants to get a lot done and apparently won’t let the opposition faze him.
On the economy, Obama returned to familiar ground and focused on the middle class, standing forcefully on the side of a higher minimum wage and reminding Republicans that he can and will wield his ability to veto their bills. Obama also championed the recent economic improvements as evidence of his success.
In an attempt to seem folksy, the Hawaii-born, Columbia and Harvard-educated president highlighted a Minneapolis couple, Rebekah Erler and Ben Erler, as a great example of the kind of middle-class, hard-working Americans who would benefit most from the kinds of reforms to college education and taxes Obama proposes.
Considering how big of a year 2014 was for conflicts in the Middle East and East Africa (and how 2015 is so far shaping up to be just as horrifying), Obama spoke relatively little about foreign conflicts. He mentioned how great it is that we no longer have troops in Afghanistan and said that the U.S. would be smart in the future about where and why force is used.
In some ways, the U.S. is as divided as ever, but Obama chose to end his speech on a positive note and talked about the need for unity and cooperation in the U.S. government.
“Because—because I want this chamber, I want this city, to reflect the truth that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, to help our neighbors, whether down the street or on the other side of the world,” Obama said.
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