Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union address. This annual tradition is an important opportunity for the President to explain his agenda to Congress and the American people. This year was no exception. But, President Obama went further.
He dropped the mic.
And I’m not just talking about his ad-libbed comment that sent the internet into a tizzy, when he said:
“I have not more campaigns to run.” (golf claps from Republicans.)
“I know, because I won both of them.”
No, the biggest mic drop was actually the delivery and conviction from Pres. Obama when explaining his entirely progressive agenda for working families.
Pres. Obama advocated for free community college. Yep, free. Zero dollars from students. He recently touted this proposal in Tennessee, where such a program already exists; here in Minnesota, a similar plan is on the table for higher education from Senate Democrats.
The President also pushed for earned sick leave for workers, to guarantee they can stay home with a sick kid and for their own health, without the risk of losing their job or retribution. This is another proposal Minnesota progressives are considering for working families.
Overall, middle-class family economics took center stage for most of the speech, including featuring Minnesota’s own Rebekah Erler, who wrote the President a letter early last year that prompted a one-on-one meeting with the President at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis. These proposals include increased accessibility to affordable child care, increasing the minimum wage, reducing student loan payments, and closing corporate tax loopholes.
All together, that’s a lot of progress for working families across the country and right here in Minnesota. Between Minnesota’s progressive leaders and the leadership of President Obama, these priorities could improve the lives of working families, instead of benefiting the wealthy and the biggest corporations.
Now that’s a mic drop.