Last night, Barack Obama gave a State of the Union address that began with a quote from John F. Kennedy telling us that his task as president was “to report the State of the Union. To improve it is the task of us all.”
What came next might surprise some people. Keegan O’Brien, a student and activist in Boston, encapsulated it as follows:
Tonight the President said he would end the drone wars, repeal any law that indefinitely detains Americans, repeal any law that gives our government the right to kill someone on suspicion on anything, tax the rich their fair share, propose a single payer health care plan, decriminalize drugs and fund rehabilitation centers, enact a plan to phase out all oil and gas drilling, reunite families torn apart by immigration raids, dramatically reduce the military budget, guarantee housing as a human right, and work hard to pass inclusive non-discrimination policies across the board. #NOT
Obama did actually say some good things he plans to do, like improve education and fight to raise minimum wage to $9 per hour. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure he was lying. A transcript of Obama’s speech is posted at the Washington Post.