President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address Jan. 12, which White House officials said would be less traditional than past speeches, and the president touched on four major issues, including economic recovery, global climate change, keeping the country safe from terrorist threats, and fixing the country’s broken political system.
President Obama touted the creation of over 14 million new jobs and 900,000 manufacturing jobs as successes during his presidency, and also said he’s cut the country’s deficits by over 75 percent.
“We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private sector job creation in history,” Obama stated. “More than 14 million new jobs, the strongest two years of job growth since the ‘90s, an unemployment rate cut in half. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. That’s just part of a manufacturing surge that’s created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years. And we’ve done all this, while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters.”