“Tonight we turn the page,” announced President Barrack Obama in the opening moments of Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.
Throughout the evening Obama made economic proposals sure to anger some and delight others; expense free two-year community college and raises in minimum wage were amongst the proposals slated for the president’s final two years in office.
Overshadowing all of the policies addressed during his one hour broadcast, Obama ad-libbed one of the most shocking comments of the night.
After a burst of cheers from some of the Republican members of Congress in reply to Obama’s comment, “I have no more campaigns to run,” the president replied sharply with, “I know because I won both of them.” This abrupt comment was met with cheers of jubilation from the liberal side of the aisle.
We have entered a new age in American politics. One in which it is acceptable to heckle during the State of the Union and for the president to arrogantly reply in an attempt to quell the criticism.
While some have seen both the heckling and the response as out of order, I praise both.
I also tip my hat to the White House workers — whomever they may be — for apparently making the decision to leave the word “News” off of the place cards for
FOX at the State of the Union Luncheon Tuesday afternoon. With an election approaching quickly on the horizon, voters are looking for a new voice for the country; one with the charisma of Obama during his earliest years, and one with the determination to get things done. Despite winning both houses, the Republican Party is met by a current president with a soaring popularity level and a country on an economic upswing. The economic talking points during the upcoming election are likely to stay the same, following the broken record method that the GOP uses to push issues. The Gross Domestic Product increased at a rate of 5.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014, marking a huge economic upswing in the past year. With gasoline prices under $3 in many places it is hard to believe that oil and the GDP may still be important talking points, but they are. Keeping these numbers where they are now is crucial during Obama’s final years in office and during the 2016 election. Republicans are likely to jump onboard yet again and promise that they can lower gas and oil prices even more and that the GDP would continue to rise under its watch. It may be too soon to make speculations about who will take the presidency in 2016, but it is not too soon to start thinking seriously about it. Social issues are taking a backseat right now as they continue to progress slowly, and the economy is once again at the forefront of the debate with right leaning politicians starting the fight over issues mentioned in the State of the Union Address.
So, hold on to your hats because the next two years may be a roller coaster ride in American politics.