Obama’s State of the Union Address was Alright, but the Real Winner was Marco Rubio’s Tiny Bottle of Water

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President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union address last night, battling it out for coverage with the California cop crime drama which was unfolding at the exact same time.

Obama’s State of the Union speech focused largely on economic themes, calling for ‘smarter’ government rather than bigger government. He asserted that “we can’t just cut our way to prosperity” and suggested that it is time for a more balanced approach, including accepting that government has a vital role to play in ensuring economic growth and a secure middle class.

With two wins under his belt it seems Obama is ready to take a turn to the left in terms of economic policy. However, he was quick to note (for Republicans’ sake) that “nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.” What he did propose though was increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. He noted that someone working full time at the minimum wage makes just $14,500 a year which means living below the poverty line. Still more than Zimbabwe has though.

Other notable State of the Union moments included calls for action on:

  • Climate change: Obama vowed to act on climate change himself if Congress failed to enact legislation, citing the recent bizarre weather patterns as an indication of global warming.
  • Immigration: Obama reiterated the ‘path to citizenship’ spiel and praised the gang of eight’s bipartisan efforts.
  • Afghanistan: Although already announced, Obama yet again pledged to end the war in Afghanistan by removing 34,000 troops by next year.
  • Gun Violence: Obama made gun control his emotional finale, citing the  murder of the young girl who performed at his inauguration last month and urging common-sense gun reforms.

The Republican response? Well, thematically Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul’s responses were similar: Obama loves big government, big government is bad, blah blah blah. No surprise there. But what was a (delightful) surprise was when, near the end of his speech, Rubio lunged awkwardly off camera to reach for a tiny bottle of Poland Springs water all while maintaining eye contact with the camera. Needless to say, it was awkwaaaard.

The next morning Rubio remarked: “I needed water, what am I going to do?”. Perhaps Poland Springs should be his running mate in 2016? I could be persuaded to vote for that… if I had a vote… which I don’t.

Via: The Daily Beast

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