'Obama should have apologized in State of Union'

Congressman lets Obama know what speech should have included - like Israel, and more than a 'passing reference' to Iran.

Ari Yashar ,

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

In response to US President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) gave the lame duck president some advice as to what he should have said instead of his "thousands of empty words and hollow rhetoric."

“Earlier this evening, I sat and listened patiently while President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. I was hoping he would acknowledge the shortcomings of a foreign policy that has damaged our reputation abroad and a domestic agenda that has weakened us at home," began Roskam.

According to the congressman, "had he done so, the President would have found a Congress eager to work with him to deliver results for the American people. Sadly, he instead chose to wax philosophical and retreat back to his partisan corner in an attempt to frame his legacy.

While Obama touted his healthcare law - commonly known as Obamacare - as a major accomplishment, Roskam said that, "in the real world, Americans are paying more for less. Forty-nine of 50 states will see premium hikes in 2016. More than 1 in 3 states will see spikes of 20% or more."

"And while our costs go up, our access to care is diminishing. An October 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found one in seven health insurance plans offered on the Obamacare exchanges did not provide access to a specialist inside the plan’s network."

Turning his attention abroad, Roskam said, "President Obama is similarly misguided when it comes to his naïve and dangerous foreign policy. The simple fact is the world is a far more dangerous place following his two terms in office. Our friends don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us."

“Israel, our dear friend and the only free democracy in the Middle East, wasn’t mentioned at all during the speech. Our friend and ally Ukraine was inexplicably referred to as a Russian ‘client state.’ This reflects a lack of understanding of geopolitical reality. Sadly this is what we’ve come to expect from President Obama."

The congressman was "not surprised the President only made a passing reference to Iran. His horrendous nuclear deal has left America, our allies, and the international community less safe."

"Despite assurances that the Iranian Regime would integrate peacefully into the international community, the Mullahs have done the opposite. They’ve launched ballistic missiles, targeted American ships in the Persian Gulf, and continued their support for terrorist groups across the globe."

"President Obama can’t bring himself to condemn their illegal acts of aggression despite clamoring from his own party. Just a few hours ago, Iran detained 10 American sailors – yet the President didn’t see fit to mention it."

Roskam wound down his tally of foreign policy snafus by noting the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization, which he pointed out has seized territory in Syria and Iraq "the size of Great Britain."

There "terrorists have the freedom to plan attacks against the United States and enslave and kill Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities. This is what happens when there is no American leadership - our enemies fill the vacuum."

In conclusion, Roskam said, "if the President honestly believes the world is a more ‘secure’ and ‘peaceful’ place and Americans should feel more confident about their children’s futures, he’s the only one who thinks so. And yet, this is the best the liberal agenda has to offer. The Obama Presidency does not represent an aberration from Democratic orthodoxy - it is the very embodiment of the liberal ideal. The American people certainly know this, and that’s why I can’t wait to work with a Republican president next year.”