Final address a victory lap
President Obama largely ignored health-related issues in his 2016 State of the Union address.
President Obama's legacy may be forever linked to healthcare reform. But you'd never know that based on his final State of the Union address.
Most of his 58-minute speech instead lauded a growing economy and jobs market. Obama did briefly note that the Social Security and Medicare programs are “more important than ever,” and that they need to be strengthened. He also called for a “moon shot” initiative to hasten a cure for cancer.
He noted many people have soured on a political and economic system they view as rigged against their interests. He also singled out Donald Trump for pointed criticism, saying that Americans must resist calls to stigmatize all Muslims.
The Republican front-runner quickly shot back. Trump Tweeted that the speech was “really boring, slow, lethargic — very hard to watch!”