7 SOTU Fact Checks

Communications • January 21, 2015

Last night as the nation tuned in to hear President Obama’s 6th State of the Union Address, we couldn’t help but notice many of his claims don’t match the facts. Below are 7 of the President’s contradicted quotes.

1. “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”


The SOTU isn’t strong for the 8.7 million Americans out of work.

2. “Already we’ve made strides towards ensuring that every veteran has access to the highest quality care.”


More than 600,000 veterans continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics. 

3. “And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage… We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance”

almost half

Obamacare has cut health care choices by almost half in all U.S. counties. 

4. “ I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college- to zero.”

SOTU-Community College

“President’s ‘Free’ community college plan: Ambitious, yes.  Wise, no.”-Washington Post Editorial

5. “At this moment – with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production – we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.”


The American energy boom is a product of American ingenuity and innovations, not new government mandates.

6. “In two weeks I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan.”


Great to hear the President will be submitting a budget on time this year.

7. “If we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. “


The EPA’s plan would cost the economy would only decrease emissions by 0.05% — but cost the economy $50 billion per year.

America’s New Congress is ready and hopeful to work with President Obama — but last night’s State of the Union Address outlined more out-of-touch, top-down approaches to our economy and our future. Americans have made it clear they want solutions that will empower them, not regulate them.

We’re tired of the rhetoric — we’re ready to work. And Mr. President, we hope you join us.

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