Gibbs reacts to State of the Union Address

| January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the conclusion of President Obama’s State of the Union address, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“The President’s last State of the Union address shows that after seven years, he still doesn’t get it. He wants to tout his legacy, but part of that legacy is negotiating a nuclear deal with a country that took 10 American sailors hostage today.

“President Obama wants to tout his record on the economy, but there are fewer people in the work force today than in 1977. Thirty-eight percent of working-age adults have given up looking for work. Many Americans are working part-time as a result of Obamacare. Household incomes have declined under Obama’s watch.  And his expansion of the regulatory state is making it harder to start a business.

“His record on foreign policy is not much better. After years of “Death to America” chants from Iran, President Obama negotiated a deal that will effectively give the Ayatollah a nuclear weapon 10 years from now, and that’s if they don’t cheat. Our allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia are not sure they can count on us and we allow Russian aggression in Eastern Europe and Chinese expansion in the Pacific. He can claim that ISIS is contained but the recent bombing in Turkey, the Paris attacks and the carnage in San Bernardino suggests otherwise.

“The President rightly calls our military the finest fighting force in the world. We owe a great deal to the men and women who served in our armed forces. Yet veterans died waiting for care after being put on hidden waitlists by the Department of Veterans Affairs. And those responsible are back at work, after a 19 month paid vacation! This is not how our veterans should be treated, which is why the House has acted to strengthen the VA.

“Needless to say, I was disappointed with the President’s address.  He is trying to cement a legacy that doesn’t exist. I hope he spends his last year in office working with Congress rather than lecturing Congress.”



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