President delivers State of the Union address
The State of the Union address outlined policy but it was also an act in theater where you saw Republicans and Democrats either sitting or clapping based on what the President said.
President Obama stressed bipartisanship, but he also scolded Congress to get things done.
"The American people don't expect government to solve every problem. They don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party," said the President.
With an automatic budget cut deadline of March 1st looming, the president called on Congress to get to work.
"So, let's set party interests aside, and work hard to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future."
There were plenty of ideas that did not have Republicans jumping out of their chairs to support the president: from addressing climate change to preschool for all children. But they did cheer immigration reform, supporting our troops and confronting Iran with a diplomatic solution.
Many times the president pleaded with Congress to send him a bill to sign.
"Let's get it done."
He laid out foreign affairs objectives and domestic policy.
And one of the emotional times was when he talked about gun violence and what happened to a Chicago teen who was in the Inauguration Parade and later shot and killed after school. He also mentioned Sandy Hook Elementary, Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of mass shootings.
"The families of Oak Creek and Tucson and Blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence," said the president, "They deserve a simple vote."
Obama said to lawmakers, if you want to vote no to gun control that's your choice, but again added they deserve a simple vote.
Congress' track record for working together is poor. We'll see if that changes.
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