The 6 Most Eyebrow-Raising Lines From Obama’s SOTU Speech Last Night

January 29, 2014

President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address last night. While House Democrats proudly applauded the President for most of his speech, there was plenty in there that should have caused some vulnerable Democrats to slowly back away from the President’s agenda.

Do House Democrats support his refusal to even mention the Keystone Pipeline? What about his all-in strategy on ObamaCare? Here are just 6 of the most eyebrow-raising lines from the President’s speech last night.

1. “I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.”


President Obama has paid lip service to his “commitment” to reduce America’s regulatory burden since the beginning of his Administration. But while the President tells voters that he is slashing bureaucracy and streamlining government, his record tells a different story. Obama’s White House has rapidly increased the regulatory burden facing the business community at an unprecedented pace. The President can discuss regulatory reform all he wants. We’ll believe it when we see it.

2. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.”


The President unbelievably went through his entire message on American energy without even mentioning the Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline, which has been languishing for years on President Obama’s desk, would create tens of thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in wages for American workers. America’s business community has already told the White House that approval of Keystone would send a “powerful signal” about this Administration’s commitment to growing America’s economy. Even a wide majority of Americans – from both parties – support moving ahead with the project. Instead, President Obama would rather pander to his far left environmental base than create jobs and put America on a strong path towards energy independence.

3. “Now, women hold a majority of lower-wage jobs – but they’re not the only ones stifled by stagnant wages.”


The President loves to talk about raising the minimum wage as his latest political distraction to energize his base, but lets be clear – no president has done more harm to the average American worker, women and men, than President Obama has. Under his economic leadership, more Americans have descended into poverty and taken food stamps than ever before. ObamaCare is scaring small businesses away from hiring new employees. While President Obama will say what he needs to energize his liberal base, Republicans realize that better wages for America’s working men and women come from economic growth, not Washington mandates.

4. “More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.”


The President completely glossed over the fact that his signature health care law has caused millions of American families to lose their health care plans. He conveniently ignored the fact that his center-piece message to sell ObamaCare to the public was recently dubbed the “Lie of the Year.” He paid no attention to the fact, once you move past the rhetoric, ObamaCare is causing pain, hardship and frustration for millions of Americans across the country. Nor did he address growing concerns, now even among Democrats, that not enough young people are signing up for ObamaCare for the basics of the law to function properly. There’s many reasons that a majority of Americans oppose ObamaCare, and President Obama chose to ignore all of them.

5. “Today, after four years of economic growth…”


Economic growth? A record number of Americans have entered poverty since you took office, the unemployment rate remains unacceptably high, and less Americans are participating in the labor force than at any point since 1978.

6. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”


Americans elected Republicans in 2010 to lead in the House of Representatives so that the GOP can serve as a check on President Obama’s liberal, big government agenda. By unconstitutionally running around Congress, President Obama will only increase Americans’ doubts about his ability to address the issues that Americans are concerned about – jobs, healthcare, and the economy – and get things done.