Six years and 358 days after taking office, President Obama just delivered his last State of the Union address. And in this final year of his presidency, the President has made clear to his staff that he’s keeping his foot on the gas.
In his speech tonight, President Obama didn’t focus on the past. He focused on the future.
Instead of simply laying out policy proposals for the next year, the President laid out a set of questions that will define the next generation and beyond.
1. What are the building blocks we need to give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in the new economy?
2. How do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving our biggest challenges?
3. How do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
4. Finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?
He was on defense on foreign policy, calling Republicans' strident threats of a growing ISIS overblown. Republican GOP candidates swiftly rebuked him for underestimating the threat of terrorism.
The President believes that if we can work together to address these big challenges, we can create a better future for generations to come.