Barack Obama urged America Tuesday night not to give in to fear, given the economic turbulence as the threat of Islamic state group he called not to overestimate.
Determined to mark the contrast with Republicans hoping to succeed him at the White House in 2017, the Democratic president, very comfortable, playful, invited the Americans to accompany the “extraordinary changes” in progress.
To the attention of his opponents, Obama warned, at the podium of Congress against excessive statements on EI by which the world would be engaged in “World War III”. “They make the game” jihadists, he warned.
“Masses of soldiers in the back of pick-ups and tortured minds plotting in apartments or garages pose a huge threat to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not pose an existential threat to our nation,” he -t he stressed during his final speech on the state of the Union.
Sure of his purpose, he added: “If you doubt America’s commitment – or mine – so that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden”.
This traditional event was for the 44th President of the United States last opportunity to speak to Americans in prime time before Washington and the rest of the country will completely rock in a real election frenzy.
Democrats and Republicans candidates for president are preparing to enter – at last – in the heart of the matter with the beginning of the primary on February 1 in Iowa.
Talking about the US economy’s decline is a “political fiction”, still launched Obama in a thinly veiled reference to alarmist statements of billionaire Donald Trump.
– “Medical Discoveries” –
Referring to the profound changes that have affected the United States during the story – particularly with successive immigration waves – he called to stay the course: “Every time, some were telling us to be afraid of the future. (…) Each time, we have overcome those fears. ”
In early December, the White House denounced the remarks “cynical” and “destructive” Donald Trump after its proposal, amid fears of jihadist attacks, to temporarily prohibit the entry of US Muslims.
The ongoing upheavals are loaded with promises, such as “fantastic medical discoveries”, stressed Mr. Obama, before announcing a “new national effort” against cancer. And to quote Vice President Joe Biden that “America could cure cancer as it has conquered the Moon”.
The president also placed in the foreground an old campaign promise on which he has so far failed: close the Guantanamo prison, opened after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“It is expensive, it is unnecessary, and it is only a recruitment flyer for our enemies,” he began, to loud applause.
– “Lift the embargo!”
Highlighting the progress made since the announcement a year ago of rapprochement with Cuba, he again called on Congress to lift the US economic embargo.
“Fifty years in isolate Cuba have failed to promote democracy and we have reduced Latin America. You want to strengthen our leadership and credibility on the continent? Admit that the Cold War is over. Lift the embargo! “He launched.
Of the three Republican senators candidates to succeed Mr. Obama, only Marco Rubio (Florida) was present in the Chamber. Ted Cruz (Texas) had he decided to continue his campaign in New Hampshire, near the federal capital which he tirelessly denounces turpitude.
At twelve months of his departure, the stock of Barack Obama divides America: according to a CBS / NYT poll, 46% approve of his action at the White House, 47% disapprove.
In the public galleries were present many Muslim women in hijab, invited by Democrats elected and a newly arrived Syrian refugee in the United States.
Jim Obergefell, one of the complainants in the famous trial that led to the legalization of marriage between same sex, sat behind the First Lady. In the rostrum in front of them, the clerk of Kentucky Kim Davis, who had refused to implement the judgment of the Supreme Court, attended the speech stoic.
In the traditional answer to the president, delivered this year by Nikki Haley, the conservative state of South Carolina Governor, Republicans have, without naming him, uncheck severe spikes Donald Trump.
The success of the latter in the polls panics the unit of GOP because it is considered too extremist to win the presidency.
“In this anxious period, it can be tempting to follow the siren songs of the angry voice. We must resist this temptation,” he told Nikki Haley.
On Twitter, Donald Trump ignored the Governor and joked about a presidential speech “boring, flat and lethargic.”
“Seven years of progress. We need to build on, does not go back”, has in turn launched Hillary Clinton, grand favorite to be the Democratic candidate in the election on November 8th.
“I think the change because I believe in you,” concluded Obama echoing the slogans of the campaign that brought him to power in 2008.