"The State Of The Union speech was one of the most boring, rambling and non-substantive I have heard in a long time," Trump said in a tweet late last night. "New leadership fast!" said the Republican presidential front-runner as he led the party in criticising Obama's State of the Union Address.
Obama used his final State of the Union address to paint a hopeful portrait of America under his leadership, with a resurgent economy and better standing in the world despite racial inequality and growing menace of home-grown terrorism.
He also used the occasion to hit out at Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump, who has proposed to temporarily bar all Muslims from travelling to the US.
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, also reacted dismissively to Obama's remarks, saying "I can't say I was disappointed by the president's speech, but that's because I wasn't expecting much."
"As usual, the President tried to manage people's perceptions instead of confronting reality: His policies aren't working. He didn't have an answer for how to defeat ISIS," he said.
"If everything were as great as he said it was, two-thirds of the American people would not say the country is on the wrong track. Success does not need hype, it speaks for itself. I just wish the President had leveled with the people—or at least with himself," Ryan said.
In a statement, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said rather than signal a much-needed course correction, Obama took a "lonely victory lap before a country that is ready to turn the page."
"The one thing the President made clear tonight is that the next ten months will be all about ensuring he is succeeded by Hillary Clinton, who gives his failed presidency an 'A' grade and wants to take his divisive, Left-wing agenda to the next level," Priebus said.


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