President Obama Delivers Final State of the Union Speech

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President Obama delivers the State of the Union Speech at the beginning of his final year of  Presidency.  Photo courtesy of cnn.com

President Obama delivers the State of the Union Speech at the beginning of his final year of Presidency.Photo courtesy of cnn.com

On Tuesday, January 14, President Obama gave his final State of the Union speech. President Obama addressed four main questions involving opportunity, security, technology, world safety, and United States Politics.

Addressing the opportunities that are available to American citizens, President Obama brought up student loans, saying that although they have reduced student loan payments by ten percent according to the borrower’s income, there is still work to be done to make college more affordable.

In an attempt to attribute the ways in which technology impacts Americans, President Obama warranted that technology can be used in our favor instead of against us. He specifically called to action the possibility of curing cancer: “Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all” he stated while pointing to Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son to cancer last year.

President Obama also included remarks about world safety in his address. Although not addressing current threats to our nation, President Obama made statements indicating America’s capability. “The United States of America, right now has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” Not only did he remark on economic matters, but he made a statement describing war tactics that he has used during his presidency. “If you doubt America’s commitment-or mine- to see that justice is done just ask Osama Bin Laden.” Referring to world relations, President Obama stated that “the United states of America is the most powerful nation on earth. Period.”

Discussing changes in our political views, President Obama said that “One of the few regrets of my Presidency, [is] that the . . . suspicion between the two parties has gotten worse instead of better.” This gap between political parties was made clear as Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to the President’s address. According to USA Today, Ryan said, “I think he glossed over our foreign-policy failures.” Later he said, “That’s the kind of speech he gives these days, and I think it really is divorced from reality.”

Whether or not President Obama accomplished the goals and expectations that surround his presidency, the State of the Union Speech was directed to enlist Americans to take action in the future. “Our collective futures depends on your willingness to uphold your duties as a citizen… to vote.” President Obama’s final words stated firmly that “The State of our Union is strong.”

Katrina Christensen is a sophomore at Snow College and is graduating in the spring of 2016 with plans to major in Communications. Katrina graduated from Maple Mountain High School in May of 2014, and enjoyed being involved in many clubs and organizations while there. As a Sophomore at Snow College, Katrina served as a member of the Snowdrift's Senior Staff, Public Relations Student Representative, and served as a leader in her church organization. Katrina loves any excuse to take pictures, arrange fresh flowers, or to watch movies under a warm blanket.

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