2015 State of the Union Address

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Gabriel Curnutt

On January 20th 2015, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address. Unlike previous years, the President did not deliver a direct challenge to congress. However, he did offer many new and controversial points. Among the first of Obama’s points, was the presidential power to veto. Throughout his speech he highlighted his power to veto. In his SOTUA (State of the Union Address), Obama said that he would veto any bill “that puts [the] security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unravels the new rules on Wall Street, or refights past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix.” He has already pledged to veto seven bills that pertain to the Keystone Pipeline, and on January 25th, he did just that. He again enforced his veto power, as congress tried to repeal his most recent immigration reform.

He is combating critic’s comments of his potential to be a lame duck”

One key promise President Obama made was to start curing diseases. He outlined a new health and prevention plan, where a person’s genetic makeup is analyzed, but approval by congress is unlikely.

Obama discussed the issue of internet neutrality. He says that he will try to promote a free and safe Internet and has called for the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to force internet providers to make free accessible Internet available.

In the light of recent security breaches and privacy debates, Obama addressed the issue of surveillance. He said that later this month he would release a full report on how intelligence agencies are adopting new policies to increase transparency.

Some of the most anticipated promises made were: an increased minimum wage, free two year community colleges, and reduced student loan payments. In one of his last SOTUAs, Obama set the bar high, even joking that he had no more campaigns to run since he has won all of them, combating critic’s comments of his potential to be a lame duck. The promises that he did make, and hopefully plans to keep, would greatly benefit the American people.