Tonight was the United States' annual State of the Union address. To those of you a little rusty on your US politics, every January, the president delivers the State of the Union, a speech that addresses all that has been accomplished in the past year, all the current problems the nation is facing, and what citizens can expect of their government moving forward.
Since it's an event full of politics, it's incredibly entertaining to make fun of - especially since, in such speeches, there's a very fine line between promise and prose.
I've never been a huge fan of the politics, but I do understand the significance of the State of the Union as a citizen of the country. And as a citizen of the country, I get to make fun of it too, right? SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, my MRW: State Of The Union edition.*
** MRW = "My Reaction When..." (for those of you still out of the know)
MRW: POTUS says he'll make junior college free this year.
PEACE OUT, CRIPPLING DEBT!! WE WISH WE NEVER KNEW YE!!
MRW: POTUS makes not-so-subtle jabs at Republicans.
One of the biggest highlights of the speech was "Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did."
Daaaaamn, Obama. It must be easy to talk smack when you're not up for re-election.
MRW: POTUS claims Veep Biden will help America cure cancer.
Okay, I'm pretty sure Obama meant that Biden would make sure that the National Institutes of Health would have all the financial resource they need in order to cure cancer, but it was pretty much phrased like Biden freelances in clinical oncology on the side. Which would be weird. But also wildly impressive?
MRW: POTUS mentions the country's renewed relationship with Cuba.
Maybe in a few years, we'll finally be able to tour the country ourselves and eat some REAL Cuban sandwiches. You know, fingers crossed.
MRW: POTUS follows up each point with 'America is the best! We're world leaders!' rhetoric.
Okay, okay, we get it. We're Americans, and we come from an incredibly capable and successful country. But you don't have to turn this into an America advertisement. We're U.S. citizens. We're all sipping the same red, white, and blue Kool-Aid.
MRW: POTUS says he'll be brief, but it turns into the 16th longest speech in the State of the Union's 226 year history.
This kid is like the official representative of everyone who stuck it out watching the SOTU at home. That yawn is pretty much everything.
And with that, I give you my reactions to this year's State of the Union.
Feel free to add your own thoughts regarding this week's speech in the comment section below!