The State of the Union happened last night. And Twitter, once again, almost imploded. President Obama delivered his first back-in-office address to the nation as a second-term President, coming off a rhetorical high from his Inaugural Address just last month. As we mentioned, the President gave his botched-up progress report for America, with words not heard in Washington in the past few offset years: “the state of our Union is strong.”
For fodder, Mr. Obama began his speech with a statistical gold mine of indicators that we’re almost/sorta/definitely getting better. This was peppered with educational initiatives to fend off student loans, scientific calls for a research overload into the super-modern age and a declaration that everything abroad is absolutely fine (no mention of North Korea here).
After a recent steadfast shellacking at the polls last November, there was a noticeable difference in the Republican boo-ing to the President’s policy proposals – a partisan sentiment that has dominated the President’s Capitol monologues since 2009. To end it, Mr. Obama finished in a particularly strong direction with the emotional subject of gun control, revisiting Newtown as a call to legislative action to an audience that consisted of members from the tragedy-stricken community.
Marco Rubio also took a really long water break in the Republican’s response. So, naturally, #StayThirsty started trending like hot cakes. But a few other things we’re said last night. Here at NYU Local, we took a shot at remembering them: