Those precious moments in the State of the Union when we can be reflecting on innovation, education, healthcare -- we can't. President Obama had to stop and remind everyone that throwing fire bombs into mosques is not okay. This is the America we live in right now.
It was the big "will he or won't he" question on the minds of criminal justice reformers last night. Would Obama mention criminal justice reform in his final State of the Union?
ISIS, is of course gone and dealt with in the Cruz's fantasy. "In the past year, we haven't simply weakened, we haven't simply degraded, we have utterly and completely destroyed ISIS," he said.
The President's actions following his final State of the Union will have an impact on the 50-plus set in the many years after he finishes his second term. Here are four takeaways for you and your family to keep an eye on in the future.
Co-authored with Jaia Peterson Lent, Generations United's Deputy Executive Director This week President Obama's message was clear: "We the People....
At this watershed moment in American politics, could Obama's State of the Union call to Americans to bring our better self into politics be a coded call to women? After all, who is the one men usually refer to when they refer to "my better self?"
To Democrats, President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address in front of a national audience was quintessential Obama. But to Republicans, Obama's speech was the "same old, same old."
President Barack Obama has yet to win over many Republican or conservative admirers. Yet, there can be little doubt that most of his detractors are doing better today than they were on January 20, 2009 when he was first sworn into office.
I cannot help but think his speech will do little to change the minds of those who support or oppose him. Much of the citizenry has had their minds made up whether they laud or loathe him for quite some time.
Much of the president's speech was about the forces of abject bigotry on the current political stage and how we can't underestimate them. Kim Davis's presence in the chamber served to underscore his warning.
Over the past seven years, many have bashed this President for not being strong enough, for not exercising enough force, and for not bringing our economy back. Last night the President graciously answered all the critics.
In his State of the Union, President Obama called for "reducing the influence of money in our politics." Fantastic. He has heard the growing cry of the 85 percent of us who want big changes (with almost half of us wanting a complete rebuild!) in how America funds elections.
Increasingly I wonder if the fact-free, amoral and well-armed right-wing base is actually accountable to anything. And whether and how it can be effectively opposed and contained.
The President has been a steadfast supporter of the middle class and is expected to speak from the heart tonight to Americans who are still struggling economically. Here are the top three bullet points I'm hoping to see tonight on the President's teleprompter.
I was moved to see Cynthia Dias, a formerly homeless veteran from Las Vegas, sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama visitors' box during tonight's State of the Union Address.
Like many, I am eagerly awaiting to hear President Obama's final State of the Union address. Also like many in the business/organizational field, I think it is often helpful to start with the end in mind. To do that, I've imagined myself as two avatars and what each hopes to have heard by the end of his speech.