We just witnessed the annual State of the Union address from President Obama to the Congress and the American people. As usual with Obama, it was a political address loaded with the usual digs against anyone who opposes his plans. Obama has a history of driving divides in America. Always ready to work a rich vs. poor, white vs. black, Republican vs. everyone, police vs. black, and any other divide he can find.
The President went out of his way to respond to many of the Republican candidates talking points from their campaigns. Obama made remarks about statements from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Chris Christy, and general positions taken by all of the GOP group of candidates.
The President said that Donald Trump’s position on immigration would not cause wages to increase for the working poor because of the flood of new workers. Instead, the President said, wages are kept low because of decisions made in the Boardrooms of the Fortune 500.
Obama also said that we shouldn’t scapegoat fellow citizens because they don’t look like or think like us. He said that was un-American. This was a reference again to Trump. Of course, by saying this, the President used Trump as a scapegoat.
During the speech, Obama mentioned only one religion, Muslim. This is the group Trump promised to ban entry into the country. Obama said we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. The Presidents refugee plan only allows Muslims to enter the country. All Christians are excluded from his program.
President Obama said all the talk about America becoming weak is just hot air. Obama said our economic and military strength is the strongest in the world, and our adversaries know it. This was another reference to Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Donald Trump was not the only Republican candidate to catch Obama’s eye. The President said the world is looking to us to solve the problems in the Middle East, and it will take more than carpet bombing civilians. We need more than just tough talk and TV sound bites. Obama touted his “success” in the Middle East.
President Obama said 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, a reference to Chris Christy’s slogan. Obama said it’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. The President also said we were not in World War III. That was a reference Christy used when describing Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.
Several of the Republican candidates have pushed for a surge of troops in the Middle East to defeat ISIS. The President rejects that philosophy and said we did not need another Viet Nam.
The State of the Union address was nothing like the ones given by past Presidents. This was not a stately speech addressing the nation. This was a political stump speech that attacked his critics and political foes. This address was beneath the dignity of the office Obama holds.