As President Obama delivered his final address to Congress on the State Of The Union, conservative media personalities attacked him on Twitter, calling him “divisive,” a liar, and mocking his policy proposals.
Obama Gives His Final State Of The Union Address
President Barack Obama Delivers His Final State Of The Union Address To The Nation. On January 12, President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address, urging Americans “to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a 'clear-eyed, big-hearted' and 'optimistic' nation”:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a “clear-eyed, big-hearted” and “optimistic” nation.
The President acknowledged that a torrent of change, technological advances and economic dislocation had left many Americans fearful of the future and anxious as social structures that have underpinned the life of the nation for decades fray. But he urged them not to fall prey to the a periodic temptation that has emerged throughout history to alienate minorities and resist social change.
“Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control,” Obama said. “And each time, we overcame those fears.”
“We made change work for us, always extending America's promise outward, to the next frontier, to more and more people. And because we did -- because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril -- we emerged stronger and better than before.”
Economic opportunity, security and a sustainable, peaceful planet are possible, he said, if the country could return to “rational, constructive debates.” [CNN, 1/12/16]
Conservatives Attack Obama During His State Of The Union Speech
Townhall.com's Kurt Schlichter: “Lying Ass Bitch.”
Lying ass bitch. https://t.co/GKEUTJuff7
-- Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 13, 2016
Ann Coulter: “Only Time [Paul] Ryan Applauded Was When Obama Talked @ Admitting Muslims. Because We Are Never Stronger Than We Admit People Who Hate Us. #SOTU.”
Only time Ryan applauded was when Obama talked @ admitting Muslims. Because we are never stronger than we admit people who hate us. #SOTU
-- Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 13, 2016
Radio Host Laura Ingraham: “Spend + Spend + More Immigrants + More Immigrants + Foreign Workers + Punish Your Enemies = Obama's 'More Perfect Union.'”
Spend + spend + more immigrants + more immigrants + foreign workers + punish your enemies = Obama's 'more perfect union'
-- Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 13, 2016
Breitbart News' Ben Shapiro: “Leave Your Job You Divisive Jackass.”
Answer to question number four: leave your job, you divisive jackass. https://t.co/YDDUNeouvw
-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 13, 2016
Fox's K.T. McFarland: “1 Thing I'm Really Looking Forward To In Next Year's #SOTU- No More Scolding.”
1 thing i'm really looking forward to in next year's #SOTU- No More Scolding
-- KT McFarland (@ktmcfarland) January 13, 2016
Fox's Monica Crowley: “Obama Just Cited 'Our Commitment To The Rule Of Law.' By 'Our' He Means Not His.”
Obama just cited “our commitment to the rule of law.” By “our” he means not his.
-- Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) January 13, 2016
Conservative Author Pam Geller: “President Obama, Anti-Semitic Crime Is Close To 60%,Anti-Muslim Crime 15%.Why Aren't You Talking About That? Enough With Islamofauxbia.”
President Obama, anti-semitic crime is close to 60%,anti-Muslim crime 15%.Why aren't you talking about that? Enough with islamofauxbia #SOTU
-- Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) January 13, 2016
Fox's Todd Starnes: “Obama Left Out The Moving Line About Illegals Swarming Across The Border So They Register As Democrats.”
Obama left out the moving line about illegals swarming across the border so they register as Democrats. #SOTU
-- toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) January 13, 2016
Fox's Tammy Bruce: “So The Guy Who Lied About Obamacare, Benghazi, The Economy, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Is Lecturing Us About What Needs To Be Done. Got It.”
So the guy who lied about ObamaCare, Benghazi, the economy, ISIS, al-Qaeda, is lecturing us about what needs to be done. Got it.
-- Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 13, 2016
Fox's Brian Kilmeade: “Is He Talking About @Ebola Success. The Only Time He Rapidly Deployed Our Military?”
-- Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) January 13, 2016
Breitbart News' Matthew Vadum: “Obama Takes Televised Dump On The American Dream In Goofy Final State Of The Union Address.”
-- Matthew Vadum (@vadum) January 13, 2016
Mark Levin: “I'm Not Going To Give This Man What He Wants, A Captive Audience For His Castro-Like Speeches.” On the January 12 edition of Cumulus Media Networks' The Mark Levin Show, host Mark Levin said that he would not watch President Obama's final State of the Union address because he does “not [want] to give this man what he wants, a captive audience for his Castro-like speeches.” Levin described Obama as “a propagandist spewing forth on how great he is”:
MARK LEVIN: The hell with the State of the Union speech. The hell with a propagandist spewing forth on how great he is and he'd only be greater if everybody would do exactly what he says.
I am not going to give this man what he wants, a captive audience for his Castro-like speeches -- for his Castro-like speeches. [Cumulus Media Networks, The Mark Levin Show, 11/12/16]
Fox News Contributor Stephen Hayes: State Of The Union Was “A Mountain Of Condescension And Hypocrisy.”
Obama #SOTU: sneering in tone, triumphalist in content, paternalistic in prescription. A mountain of condescension and hypocrisy.
-- Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 13, 2016
The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto: “Biden Is Going To Cure Cancer?????” Wall Street Journal opinion editor James Taranto mocked President Obama's statement that hatred toward Muslims “doesn't make us safer” by writing in a January 12 tweet, “When a kid is called names, it diminishes us in the eyes of the world.” Taranto then reacted to Obama's call to pursue a cure for cancer by mocking Vice President Biden, tweeting, “Biden is going to cure cancer?????”:
Biden is going to cure cancer?????
-- James Taranto (@jamestaranto) January 13, 2016
When a kid is called names, it diminishes us in the eyes of the world.
-- James Taranto (@jamestaranto) January 13, 2016
Rupert Murdoch: State Of The Union Address Was “Totally Divorced From Reality. Both US And World. Sad.”
Where to start on Obama speech? Sounded mostly great, but totally divorced from reality. Both US and world. Sad.
-- Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 13, 2016