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Blackburn Statement in Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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Washington, January 12, 2016 | Mike Reynard (202-225-1112) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address to the nation.
“President Obama’s final State of the Union address was an opportunity for him to talk about what is best for our nation. But as usual, he swung and missed. Instead he spent most of the night focused on his liberal legacy and peddling fiction like his claim that we are currently in the longest streak of jobs growth. It is as if the President pulled a Rip Van Winkle and has been asleep for the past eight years.
“In order to ensure prosperity and security you actually have to have a prosperous and secure agenda – something that was clearly missing from his remarks. A thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. It’s time to cut red tape and get rid of outdated regulations.
“What we did not hear tonight is a clear strategy to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. Right now we have a President who is more willing to appease our enemies than our allies, which is why Iran seized and continues to hold 10 American sailors and 2 American ships. The American people want a President who is bold, not timid. This spring more than 1,300 soldiers from Fort Campbell will be deployed to Iraq. They deserve a Commander-in-Chief who can name our enemy, yet once again tonight the President failed to admit we are at war with radical Islamic extremists.
“A true leader comes to Congress with more than just thousands of words filled with empty promises. This President only tries to justify his failures to the American people instead of providing solutions to get our nation back on track. While President Obama may be content with the ‘status quo’ in his final address, the American people won’t settle for business as usual in 2016," Blackburn said.

Blackburn’s guest for the State of the Union was Ralph Perry, Executive Director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
Ahead of tonight's State of the Union Address, Blackburn looked back at the Top Ten Pinocchios of the Obama Presidency.