Hillary Clinton’s State Of The Union Response Shows Why They're Friends Forever
Well, it's all over. That was the last State of the Union address of the Obama era, and there's no guarantee that we'll have a Democratic administration next time around. The next time you see a president give a speech like this, who knows who it'll be? It could be President Sanders, President Rubio, or heaven help us, President Trump. Or, of course, President Clinton! Here's Hillary Clinton's State of the Union response, because she could very well be giving her own one by this time next year.
Make no mistake, with the Obama administration quickly coming to an end, the most significant reactions and hot takes, so to speak, will be coming from the 2016 candidates themselves. Best intentions aside, there's not really anything else Obama can do to try to motivate congressional action, especially when the GOP knows full well he'll be gone next January.
So a bulk of the significance comes from how the major players from both parties respond to this kind of a high-profile speech. And that's especially true for Clinton, because it could end up being crucial whether she runs with her predecessor's record, or runs away from it. Here are some of the statements Clinton put out throughout Tuesday night's State of the Union ― naturally, she took to Twitter to weigh in, which has become a major arm of her campaign outreach.
It probably shouldn't come as much surprise that Clinton's responses are to the point, and highly laudatory of the president's legacy. After all, her campaign weathered a rough day leading up to the speech, with recent polls showing her chief challenger for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, leading her both in Iowa and New Hampshire.
In other words, she and her campaign have plenty to grapple with, especially considering a simple affirmation of the president's address will suffice. She also likely has some debate preparation ahead of her ― the fourth Democratic debate will be happening on Sunday.
Of course, there will also be some more extensive, decidedly more hostile responses than Clinton's approving remark. The opposition party always has an official response to the State of the Union, a role often given to some fresh-faced, ostensibly rising star. In previous years, Republican up-and-comers like Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and Jodi Ernst all took their turns replying to President Obama's annual address, and the first two turned in pretty memorably awkward performances. This year, it's South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley going on the rhetorical attack.