On January 20th, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address. The President opened his address by stating, "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong," before turning the focus of his remarks to the future of the nation and the middle class. Coming off better economic and poll numbers than he has seen in years, the President declared the success of policies enacted to expand health coverage and opportunities to the working class. He also took the opportunity to reiterate his goal to put tax credits into place favoring the middle class while increasing taxes on capital gains. Outside of voicing commitment to growing and supporting the middle class, the speech touched on the domestic issues of immigration, the importance of access to affordable education, and updating cybersecurity measures. President Obama's foreign policy remarks stressed the nation's commitment to supporting Syria in the ongoing conflict with ISIL, the importance of trade agreements, and the country's strength in leading with "a persistent, steady resolve." Overall, the State of the Union reflected much of the current national climate while still signalling continuations of more contentious policies.
The possibility for bipartisanship in the 114th Congress remains to be seen as the President's agenda is interpreted and worked through a Republican controlled Congress. One thing is certain through all this, based on the State of the Union President Obama continues to stand by his policies and their record to this point.
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