President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, and second since being re-elected, Tuesday night. During the annual address to the nation, Obama called for a "year of action," reiterating his plan to get things done while urging Congress to work for the good of the nation in 2014.
Obama spoke about his plans for economic growth and opportunity for the middle class in an effort to restore public confidence in his presidency after a year of very disappointing approval ratings, which still remain low. He also focused on the idea that he's not afraid to act alone if Congress will not work together with him to accomplish his goals. "America does not stand still, and neither will I, so wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do," Obama said.
The president also promised to raise the minimum wage for some government contract positions, and said he would do so with an executive order, which means he won't need the approval of Congress. "Tonight, let's declare that, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty," Obama said.
So how did people around the country react to the president's speech and promises? While the content of the president's address is very important, the reactions to it are often the most exciting part of the night. Various online platforms are where many Americans are talking about the speech, the issues and the president's agenda.
One trend in particular took hold on Tuesday night as many people jumped at the opportunity to explain the president's agenda using only three words. #SOTUinthreewords prompted some very bold comments from members of Congress, political groups and regular old civilians. While some criticized the president and others praised him, many joined the conversation just to have a little fun. And just for the record, Denny's, we agreed.
Not my fault. #SOTUinthreewords
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 29, 2014
— FOX 5 DC (@myfoxdc) January 29, 2014
— GenOpportunity (@GenOpportunity) January 28, 2014
#SOTUinthreewords Vote for Hillary.
— GB Hulsey (@zanelassiter) January 29, 2014
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) January 28, 2014
#SOTUinthreewords: All bacon everything.
— Denny's (@DennysDiner) January 28, 2014
— R.Saddler (@Politics_PR) January 28, 2014
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) January 28, 2014
#SOTUinthreewords I won, bitches.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) January 28, 2014
— Fred Wimpy (@fredwimpy) January 29, 2014
— ANTI-SOCIALIST (@treyinfowar) January 28, 2014
— Laura R. Charron (@ConchoQueen) January 28, 2014
#SOTUinthreewords Joe Biden's Face
— I'm for Dinner (@Imfordinner) January 29, 2014
— Eric Wolfson (@ericwolfson) January 28, 2014