My Obama, That's A Big To-Do List You Have There

Obama was quick on his feet when some haters clapped after saying "I have no more campaigns to run."
Publish date:
January 21, 2015
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It’s official. President Obama’s got his swag back.

Channeling his black, #southside of Chicago self, Obama forcefully laid down his vision and accomplishments in the second-to-last State of the Union speech he’ll give before he leaves office in 2016.

His “victory” lap included a rundown of economic gains since the first election, the lowest unemployment rate since the financial crisis, more kids graduating, more people insured, and greater freedom from foreign oil.

But it was the tea and shade he served up “Housewives”-style during his ambitious to-do list lasting less than an hour. And of course, social media served up plenty of its own shade, causing Scott Smith to warn against checking social media accounts of high school friends and relatives, lest we have another reason to defriend them.

Obama was quick on his feet when some haters clapped after saying, "I have no more campaigns to run."

"I know, 'cause I won both of 'em," the President retorted.

“Bye, Felicia,” tweeted commentator Joy-Ann Reid, summarizing the President’s speech in two words.

After dropping the mic with that quip, he picked it right back up to school climate deniers about the country’s responsibility to recognize and combat climate change:

“Well, I’m not a scientist, either,” Obama said. “But you know what, I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and at NOAA, and at our major universities."

Underscoring the point that it’s getting hot in here, he said:

“And the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans; longer, hotter heat waves; dangerous droughts and floods; and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe.”

Obama’s to-do list includes everything from guaranteed sick leave for 43 million workers who have none, equal pay, free community college, a national infrastructure plan, supporting research and Internet access, making friends with Cuba, and finally getting around to closing Guantanamo Bay.

“America is number one in oil and gas. America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump.”

And if the three or four new pairs of nice shoes that $750 would buy or a semester’s worth of books or a wardrobe upgrade for re-entering the newly rejuvenated workforce weren't enough, his big plans presuppose Republicans don’t exist, let alone run the U.S. Congress.

Let's not forget only two of the 18 items on his 2014 to-do list became law, according to a “PBS Newshour” analysis. And also let’s not forget the facts about community college, as laid out by the Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Stuart Butler, or the fact that the unemployment rate for African-Americans has always been considerably worse than the majority, so much more has to happen on that front. Immigration wasn’t mentioned much, either.

Oh well, there are always executive orders that can change things dramatically — until they don’t — because the next president can always undo them.