This Tuesday President Barack Obama held his annual State of The Union address, from the Oval Office, presenting his vision for 2016, his last year at the White House. Overall, he tried to make a portrait of his seven years of leadership, as The New York Times states, but he also admitted that he failed to heal the political division, currently holding back progress.
The main reason behind this statement is that during the his campaign, Barack Obama promised hope and change, looking forward to transform politics in the United States. Still, the fact that he admitted his failure to do this, during the State of the Union address, can be considered a very honorable move.
Maybe another president might have kept his promises, Obama said
“It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency, that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” Mr. Obama said, adding that “a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide.”
The President also admitted that a lot of citizens are frightened and shut out a political and economic system they see as against their interests, despite him claiming that he will keep an eye on the Republicans who will eventually succeed him.
“As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background,” Mr. Obama said during his State of the Union address. “We can’t afford to go down that path.”
Not all Muslims are a threat!
Finally, Barack Obama defended his decisions, mentioning that Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, should stop making Americans stigmatize all Muslims, despite all the threats from the Islamic state.
“Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people?” he said. “Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?”