In a brief YouTube video released Wednesday, President Barack Obama said his final State of the Union address next week will showcase his legacy and highlight optimism for the country.
Dressed in shirtsleeves and a blue tie, the president sat on his desk in the Oval Office in the video and expressed confidence about the upcoming year. He is scheduled to deliver the address to both chambers of Congress at the Capitol next Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
“Since I took office seven years ago in the midst of crisis, I don’t think I’ve ever been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am now,” he said.
In his spare time, he’s been working on his address. “My last one,” he said.
The speech will focus on the nation’s “remarkable progress.” He also noted that he wants to focus on “the big things that will guarantee an even stronger, better, more prosperous America for our kids. That’s what’s on my mind.“
Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff, said in a news release, “We still have work to do, but there’s no question: Together, we’ve brought America back.”
“The budget agreement we reached helps avoid senseless cuts and will unlock critical investments in our national defense as we battle terrorism,” McDonough stated. “We have verifiably cut off Iran’s paths to a nuclear bomb and fundamentally changed a policy in Cuba that failed to induce change for over half a century.”
What would you like to hear the president say in his final address? Watch the video above and sound off in the comments.
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube
21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
“I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been More Optimistic:” President Obama Previews Last State Of The Union Address was originally published on newsone.com