President Barack Obama kicked off his final State of the Union address by promising it’d be shorter than years past – because, as he said, some of the attendees might be "antsy to get back to Iowa." (He also cheekily floated an offer to give them advice afterward.)
As last year, POTUS’ speech was posted to Medium ahead of his address. It was also streamed live on whitehouse.gov, and the White House’s new Snapchat account continued posting to its "official story." It was a busy night for the White House’s social media team, which was live-Tweeting, posting to Instagram, and directing Facebook users to watch the speech.
The speech contained many barely hidden messages for the brand of politics favored by potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, as did the official response to the President’s address on behalf of the Republicans by Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley.
Obama also handed over the reins to Vice President Joe Biden as his administration embarks on eradicating cancer. POTUS took a moment to acknowledge the relentless work of his right-hand man, saying Biden has "gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past 40 years."
If you didn't stand up and applaud curing cancer because it was proposed by a Democrat, turn in your congressional pin and go home— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 13, 2016
Twitter weighed in, naturally, as #SOTU held the top trending spot over (formerly St. Louis, now Los Angeles) "Rams" on Tuesday night. Many attempted to analyze his speech and others went after Paul Ryan’s expression – or, perhaps, lack thereof. The new Speaker of the House was – or his team, rather – live-tweeting the speech with his own opinions.
Our economy is weak. Wages are stagnant. 45 million people are living in poverty. This is not good enough, Mr. President. #LastSOTU— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 13, 2016
It absolutely reads like one. https://t.co/jbrdqVvGZB— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) January 13, 2016
In another slap at Trump, Obama is warning against scapegoating people "who don't look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do." Yes!— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) January 13, 2016
Well, not everyone was going to be a fan of the night’s address.
I just yelled, "you lie" really loud. Good thing I'm not there. #SOTU— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 13, 2016
Perhaps even topping his impromptu "I know, because I won both of them," moment at last year’s address, Obama said (and this was in his prepared remarks): "If you doubt America’s commitment – or mine – to see that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden."
A less saavy president would've followed up "ask Osama bin Laden" with "You can't. He is dead."— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) January 13, 2016
Others noted how much Obama has aged since his first SOTU address.
The job ages a guy. pic.twitter.com/Qomnvfnd85— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) January 13, 2016