SOTU: Twitter Edition

Last night President Obama gave the last State of the Union address of his presidency, oh boy. Even though it is a sad sight to see the last year of his presidency playing out, he reminds us that we all still have work to do.

In this post I break down the State of the Union from my point of view through a series of tweets. The tweets are broken down by the four questions posed by President Obama during the SOTU provided by Buzzfeed news.


Before SOTU

Here's a few tweets that describe the mood and feelings of my Twitter timeline anticipating President Obama's final SOTU:


Introduction

President Obama started his speech out with a joke about this being an election year. He then came out with a quick bullet list of all that he has accomplished and all of the partisan Democratic plans he has for America.


1. How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?

My favorite answers from the president to this question are his reaffirmation of the strong progress our economy has made, the need for lower college tuition rates and holding big organizations accountable for hurting our economy. 


2. How do we make technology work for us and not against us - especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?

In this part of his speech, President Obama focused heavily on utilizing technology to combat climate change and cancer. He shaped this part of his speech around America being the pioneers of the world and providing new jobs during these efforts.


3. How do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?

President Obama's response to this question was, in my opinion, the strongest. He took the higher road in addressing the type of rhetoric we use when talking about terrorism; condemning both the media and poisonous politicians like Donald Trump. He also highlighted the efforts he's made to change America from being the world's policeman to the world's humanitarian.


4. How can we make our politics reflect what's best in us, and not what's worst?

President Obama decided to take this part of the speech to push for bipartisan politics and a progressive future for America. He wants to provide a proactive system of government that speaks for those who do not always have voices to speak for themselves.


Conclusion

President Obama ended his speech with an air of optimism that held every person in the room and watching at home responsible for the state of America long after he is gone. He will be missed.


--- Ms. Parker ---