President Obama appeared calm, confident and poised while giving his latest State of the Union address, showing no signs of defeat following the shocking results for the Democrats of the mid-term elections.
This was an opportunity for President Obama to outline his plans for the end of his term as President of the United States with many commentators noting that it appeared as if he was laying out his legacy as president in the speech.
During the speech the focus was very much on ending the financial crisis that has gripped America during his presidency with the president pledging to bring in economic policies intended to help the majority of Americans.
A highlight of the speech was the strategy the president intends to promote for “middle class economics”
“It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years,” he said.
While President Obama may have been talking big, it is unlikely that any of his plans will ever actually see the light of day and this is something he is all too aware of as now the Congress is controlled by the republicans who can put a dampener on any of the policies that they choose.
Which has begged the question of why President Obama decided to make such a bold speech in his State of the Union address?
It appears that President Obama was working on his legacy, as the BBC says, this is a president who seems to be following Winston Churchill’s maxim that history is written by the winners.
The report from the BBC continued to note that in his speech he is described as being more focused on values than policies, Mr Obama declared America had turned a page after the worst recession since the Depression.
“Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?”
According to the BBC, the speech also included plans to build a competitive economy by improving America’s infrastructure and providing free access to community college while other plans outlined included improving statutory sick leave and minimum wage, helping nine million students to pay for community college, stronger cybersecurity and consumer protection, a continuation with plans to shut the prison in Guantanamo and finally, equal pay for men and women.
In response to the speech Republican senator, Joni Ernst, said Americans have not seen solutions from Mr Obama and criticised his health and immigration policies.
“Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare,” she said according to the BBC.