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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Obama's last SOTU

President Obama delivered his last State of the Union (SOTU) address today. If we ever needed a Democrat in office, we really needed one after George W. Bush's reign of (t)error.  We were losing over 800,000 jobs PER MONTH in the last few months of the Bush administration, and we were stuck in a quagmire in the Middle East.

Still, the Republicans fought against an Obama stimulus package to get the economy moving again. The GOP has "trickle-down economics" permanently etched on their brains, and until they free themselves from that mindset, they will continue to gut the middle class and give everything to the wealthy. Trickle-down does not work. It has NEVER worked, but the GOP just cannot give it up, probably because big money is their principal source of money.

I will miss Obama's cool-headedness, even with the ugly name-calling from the GOP, even with the racists in this country coming out of the woodwork once a (half) black man occupied the White House. If anyone thought racism in this country was dead, they were proved very, very wrong.

Obviously, we need another Democrat in the White House to keep a lid on the increasingly insane Republicans. Either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will do nicely, although both of them will likely face unrelenting opposition to their policies, to the detriment of this country.

Obama scary!
Barack Obama will be remembered as one of our greatest Presidents, and that just sticks in the craw of every partisan Republican.

So, did we learn anything from Obama's last SOTU? From

Six Big Takeaways From Obama's Final State Of The Union Address

The President managed to establish strong framing for what is to come this year on Capitol Hill and the 2016 campaign trail:
- Obama sounded like a campaigner, confronting America's fears and providing a healthy dose of reality and positivity about America's place in the world.
- Obama also laid out a convincing case for a strong economy, but with room for improvement for working Americans (expect Democrats to start using this point on the campaign stump).
- His blunt confrontation of political rancor - and regret about not being able to reverse it - was not only unexpectedly direct and remarkably refreshing, but laid a foundation for Democrats to use it as a campaign issue.
- The President was equally unvarnished in his fiery takedown of Islamophobia - a clear swipe at the GOP's continued attempt to normalize bigotry.
- Obama laid waste to the new nattering nabobs of negativism (read:the GOP prez-wannabe gaggle, particularly Mister Trump and his "mini-me" Ted Cruz) - with Vox calling this moment "the most powerful" from his final SOTU.
Yes, we can! The President reminded the nation that we are capable of reaching difficult and lofty goals - and set the goal of finding a cure for the family of diseases called cancer.

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