Recapping the State of the Union Address

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with members of Congress after delivering his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Or as CNN presented it, the next Wes Anderson film.

In his latest State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about the current issues in America. He addressed topics ranging from criminal justice reform to curing cancer. He also made many indirect remarks about some presidential candidates, criticizing their controversial beliefs.

As for First Lady Michelle Obama, she slayed us all once again. No stranger to beautiful designer ensembles, Michelle Obama appeared radiant in a marigold Narcisco Rodriguez dress – which sold out at Neiman Marcus before her husband’s speech even ended.

When the  attention was not on her dress, it was on the special guests sitting alongside her in the First Lady’s box. Among the special guests were, Dr. Refaai Hamo, a scientist and Syrian refugee residing in Michigan, and Army veteran and DREAMer Oscar Vazquez. A seat was also left empty for victims of gun violence, a topic that was widely discussed this year.

In his speech, Obama urged Americans to build an optimistic nation as opposed to a fascist one. He spoke about how some Americans are opposed to letting Syrian refugees into the United States, also using the opportunity to criticize the viewpoints held by some presidential candidates.

President Obama did not state any names, but his remarks were clearly aimed towards certain Republican candidates.

“Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future,” said Obama. “Who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control.”

However, his speech was not all deep and serious. Obama also took the opportunity to throw in a few jokes, as he usually does. He stated that he would attempt to make his speech short, as he knew some of the guests were “antsy to get back to Iowa.”

In response to the President, Republican Governor Nikki Haley, who is of Indian heritage, delivered a speech and  took the chance to criticize members of her own political party.

“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation,” said Haley. “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”