President Barack Obama made history, shut down some haters and tackled the tough topic of ISIS during his State of the Union last night.
A SOTU can be quite lengthy, lasting around an hour, and this year's speech had over 6,000 words. Despite all this, we were eager to tune in and hear the President discuss several hot button topics, including taxes, racial tension, inequality, and transgender rights.
By saying the words "transgender," "lesbian," and "bisexual" in the State of the Union, Obama made history as being the first president to do so.
The president said, "That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer."
There is an official transcript of the speech sent out to the press before the SOTU is presented. However, the press is not allowed to report on the transcript until the SOTU has happened. This is how you know if the president decides to wing something.
In the midst of his speech, Obama said, "I have no more campaigns to run." A group of people cheered after that comment, and the president silenced them and left his script behind. He responded to the hecklers, "I know because I won both of them."
All that was missing was a mic drop!
The president said that our military power and American leadership has helped stop ISIS, but then called Congress out and asked them to authorize military force against the group in Iraq and Syria
He said, "Instead of getting dragged into another ground way in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group... Tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL."
The President confronted Congress yet again on cyber security. He asked them to approve legislation to help prevent online attacks so the government and businesses can work more closely.
He said, "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids... We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information."
If you want to read the State of The Union in full, here is the transcript. Or if you would rather watch the SOTU, here is the full video...