President Obama Primarily Used the Address to Take on his Critics
President Barack Obama gave his 8th and final State of the Union address, and attacked the Republicans running for president numerous times, saying anyone who said America’s economy was in decline was “peddling fiction”. He went on to say, “The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close.”
Overall, the speech took 58 minutes 44 seconds, the second shortest of his speeches. Among the guests present were presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, a community college student and the CEO of Microsoft. It was also Paul Ryan’s first State of the Union address as Speaker of the House.
The Media Have Relentlessly Question Whether Biden Will Run Or Not For Months Now
Vice President Joe Biden ended months of intense speculation by announcing he won’t run for president. The announcement was made in a short address in the Rose Garden with his wife Jill and President Obama by his side. The Vice President said, “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination.”
He also added that “there is no timetable for grieving”, referring to his son Beau’s tragic death due to brain cancer over the summer. The announcement means Hillary Clinton has likely already won the Democratic nomination, unless Bernie Sanders can pull off a shock.
The US Has Been Engaged in the War in Afghanistan Since 2001.
President Barack Obama has halted the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Instead the US will keep thousands of through the end of his term. This prolongs the end of a war that the US has already been involved in for 14 years.
President Obama said in a statement from the Roosevelt Room that, while he strongly opposed the idea of an “endless war”, the presence of US troops in the nation is vital. “I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again.”
Governor Walker Dressed Casually at his Campaign Announcement
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker finally made his long awaited official campaign announcement. Consistently placing second behind Jeb Bush in most Republican primary polls, Governor Walker waited while numerous other candidates announced their campaigns before finally announcing his in a suburb of Milwaukee.
Governor Walker becomes the 15th Republican to officially announce, with Bush widely expected to be the 16th, and 20th politician overall, as 5 Democrats have officially announced. In his announcement speech, he slammed President Obama and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who served as Secretary of State under President Obama for four years, for being weak, particularly in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.