On Tuesday evening President Obama delivered his FINAL (Yay!) State of the Union address as President. It was a day for Americans across the nation to breathe a sigh of relief in the knowledge that our long national nightmare is almost over. Liberals hoped for a stirring Obama tirade – something that would excoriate conservatives while demanding more money be spent, more taxes collected and more rights infringed upon. Conservatives just hoped it would be over quickly… neither side was fully satisfied. Instead, Obama delivered what may have been the most boring speech delivered in years.
Before the speech, NBC’s Matt Lauer listened as President Obama set his standard of success incredibly low, by saying that our nation might be divided… but at least its not as bad as it was during the Civil War. (No, I’m not kidding or exaggerating.)
Matt Lauer: Tonight, you will be looking out over a room that arguably is as divided as it has ever been. Do you see that as a failure of your presidency? You came to town saying it was about hope and change. You were going to change the tone in Washington. You wanted to unite people. And they are not united. Is it a failure?
President Obama: It’s a regret. I could not be prouder of what we’ve accomplished, and sometimes we look at the past through rose-colored glasses. It’s been pretty divided in the past. There’s been times where people beat each other with canes and we had things like the Civil War, so there have been times where it’s been pretty rough, but there’s no doubt that politics in Washington are so much more divided than the American people are, and part of what I want to do in this last address is to remind people, you know what. We’ve got a lot of good things going for us, and if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we’re not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be.
Then during his speech he attempted to praise our nations military, but it just ended up being an awkward photo-op for our nations top soldiers.
That is why the third the question that we have to answer together is how to keep America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or — every trying to nation build everywhere there is a problem. As I mentioned, all the talk about America economic decline is political hot air, so is the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. Let me tell you something, the United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. Period. It is not even close. [Applause] It is not even close. [Applause] It is not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. [Applause] No nation attacks us directly, because they know that is the path to ruin.
Let’s just say that the stone-face expressions of our military leaders say everything you need to know. They’re not buying what Obama is selling, and neither is any other rational thinking person.
But the best moment of the SOTU address actually took place just before the President started when the Republican representative from Iowa, Steve King, walked out on the speech.
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa stepped out of the House chamber where the State of the Union address was about to take place Tuesday, electing to pray in the members’ chapel during the speech due to President Barack Obama’s stance on abortion.
“When the president announced that he would have an empty seat up by the First Lady for those who are victims of gun violence, who no longer have a voice, and I thought of the millions and millions of unborn babies — on his first day in office he issued an executive order that accelerated abortions worldwide,” King told TheBlaze moments after stepping out of the House of Representatives chamber.
King explained what he was doing to Charlie Spiering:
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 13, 2016
Amen. In fact, the entire GOP should have taken a page from Rep. King and in solidarity with the American people they should have walked out on the speech together.
At least we can still count on Rep. King to do the right thing.