Time: 4:59 a.m. CEST
President Barack Obama gave his last State of the Union address in Congress giving points to appeal to the changing society in the 21st century. Obama talked with optimism to the nation, regardless disagreements that exists in the relations with the legislative body.
The President expressed his hope on common work and constructive approach to fix American politics. “I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse. We just might surprise the cynics again,” Obama opened his last State of the Union address.
In his pledge to fix the politics and appeal for a constructive debate, Obama said, “That’s why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness.” Obama addressed the diversity the US is respected for.
“When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country,” Obama emphasized.
Large segment of the speech Obama devoted to the economy, “That works better for everybody.” Considering the shaky relations with Republican lead Congress, Obama said that he “also know Speaker Ryan has talked about his interest in tackling poverty. Looking a year ahead, Obama expressed his willingness to work with Congress.
“America is about giving everybody willing to work a hand up, and I’d welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support, like expanding tax cuts for low-income workers without kids,” Obama said. Spending much time of his presidency to rebuild the economy after the recession, the President said he “Believes a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there’s red tape that needs to be cut.”
Obama passionately talked about America’s lead in the world, but also focused on the changes in the international system.
“The Middle East is going through a transformation that will play out for a generation, rooted in conflicts that date back millennia. Economic headwinds blow from a Chinese economy in transition. Even as their economy contracts, Russia is pouring resources to prop up Ukraine and Syria — states they see slipping away from their orbit. And the international system we built after World War II is now struggling to keep pace with this new reality,” Obama said.
In his final year of two-terms presidency, Obama said, “It is up to us to help remake that system. And that means we have to set priorities.” Islamic State group remains a challenge for 2016, where Obama pointed out on the international counter-ISIL coalition led by America.
“If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL. Take a vote,” Obama said. Convincingly, Obama reiterates his approach to withdraw of wars pointing out that is not a leadership to “take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis.”
For Obama, “it’s the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq — and we should have learned it by now.” Obama said that, “on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight.”
In February last year, Obama send to Congress draft authorization for use of military force for a “three-year was against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.” Obama’s suggestion to the Congress, “restricts the U.S. military from engaging in “enduring offensive ground combat operations. ”