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EDITORS NOTE: There are a few things I feel much less graceful and bold about writing these days. One is comprehensive policy for an entire nation.  So as far as it benefits the reader, my limited ability to comprehensively interpret the 2015 SOTU speech has been prepared for you below.  

The following speech text was pulled from the pages of the Washington Post.  They performed due diligence on fact claim basis of this speech due to the hype-treatment given this speech prior to broadcast. The follow-up articles printed there are diverse in both data & criticism.  To enter “SOTU”in their search bar is worthwhile time spent.  I find that worth a read and a smile before perusing this fragment of an offering.

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[SOTU 2015 INTERPRETATION IN PROGRESS]

I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.

That’s exactly what we’re doing right now, and around the globe, it is making a difference.

First, we stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists, from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris.

We will continue…

(APPLAUSE)

… to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we have done relentlessly since I took office, to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.

TRANSLATION

[Terrorism is working to escalate a global hegemony. I will relentlessly dispatch indirect combat of our allies in the name of fighting a terrorist threat.]

(APPLAUSE)

At the same time, we’ve learned some costly lessons over the last 13 years.

Instead of Americans patrolling the valleys of Afghanistan, we’ve trained their security forces, who’ve now taken the lead, and we’ve honored our troops’ sacrifice by supporting that country’s first democratic transition.

TRANSLATION 

[At enormous costs to the American taxpayer, we’ve successfully injected enough of Western influence in Afghanistan’s political heirarchy to sit back and wait.] 

Instead of sending large ground forces overseas, we’re partnering with nations from South Asia to North Africa to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America.

In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.

TRANSLATION 

[No need to send large amounts of troops to South Asia and North Africa, we’ve got bases there already.  We are about to mount a ground war against ISIL.  We already have corporate sponsors!]

(APPLAUSE)

We’re also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effort and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism.

Now, this effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.

TRANSLATION

[Congress will demonstrate that the Middle East is not finished with US intervention by passing a bill to start another war with the Islamic Sate.]

(APPLAUSE)

We need that authority.

TRANSLATION

[It will go ahead with or without Congressional approval in the end.]

Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small by opposing Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.

TRANSLATION 

[Second, thank’s to John Kerry, we’re donning a very nice velvet glove over the lead fist given to us by NATO more frequently. The going narrative is that Russia is too big, they’re a bully to Ukraine and they should have stayed out of liasons between the EU & Ukraine.  We’ll continue to use this distraction to make gains on oil and in Asia.]

(APPLAUSE)

Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, as we were reinforcing our presence with the frontline states, Mr. Putin’s aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. That’s what I heard from some folks. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.

That’s how America leads: not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.

TRANSLATION

[Last year we went along with Europe to reinforce the old saw of NATO conventions to tip the margins of economic destabilization towards Russia.  We viewed their grab on Ukraine’s beachfront property as good reason as any to endorse the conflict.  Burn in hell, Putin, you arrogant prick! That’s what you get for threatening our co-operative stakes in Asia and the oil markets!]

(APPLAUSE)

In Cuba, we are ending a policy…

(APPLAUSE)

…that was long past its expiration date.

(APPLAUSE)

When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.

(APPLAUSE)

And our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere and removes the phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba, stands up for democratic values and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.

And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo.

TRANSLATION

[We came to cease strife w/ Cuba.  I think we had to admit their human rights record is about on par with our own, due to GITMO. So what’s the point of the stupid embargo anyway?] 

(APPLAUSE)

As — as his Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of small steps. These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba.

And after years in prison, we are overjoyed that Alan Gross is back where he belongs…

(APPLAUSE)

Welcome home, Alan. We’re glad you’re here.

(APPLAUSE)

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.

TRANSLATION 

[Diplomacy rules.  Iran has chosen trade over the nuclear option for the moment.]

Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran, secures America and our allies, including Israel, while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict.

TRANSLATION

[Between now and spring, I willl introduce a foreign policy and national security agenda with enough sponsored force to subdue the rest of American liberty conventions on the back of doing something we probably can’t do; which is stop nuclear development in Iran forever.  Isreal will continue to twist our balls and we will continue to make high pitched noise in the direction of Iran.]

There’re no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress at this moment in time will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies, making it harder to maintain sanctions and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.

TRANSLATION

[There’s no guarantees this will get through, but we must be out there making noises.  At least new sanctions on the table will delay the enormous pain to our private parts.  I will veto anything that puts this deference tactic at risk.]
(APPLAUSE)
The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

TRANSLATION
[The war has finally paid off the large resort investors.  We can relax now.]
Third, we’re looking beyond the issues that have consumed us in the past to shape the coming century.

TRANSLATION 

[We’re using the largesse afforded to us by trillions of debt to keep malleable the confines of tomorrow.]
No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade

secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids.

TRANSLATION 

[We intend to outflank or assimilate the network capability of any foreign nation, using any hacker to sustain our economic espionage and the invasion of privacy of American families, not withstanding the kids. Sorry.]
(APPLAUSE)
But we are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. That should be a bipartisan effort.

TRANSLATION

[To combat cyberthreats & terrorism we have simply integrated the two to receive the same treatment under the law. If we can rely on Congress to respond to the success of  post 9-11 threat-leverage, we can continue to collect dragnet surveillance and sponsor our own terror acts using the reach of normal cyber criminals afflicting the marketplace.  That should get bipartisan approval.]
(APPLAUSE)
You know, if we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.

In West Africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses and healthcare workers are rolling back Ebola, saving countless lives and stopping the spread of disease.

(APPLAUSE)

I could not be prouder of them, and I thank this Congress for your bipartisan support of their efforts.

But the job is not yet done, and the world needs to use this lesson to build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future pandemics, invest in smart development and eradicate extreme poverty.

In the Asia Pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules in how they trade, how they resolve maritime disputes, how they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation and disaster relief.

TRANSLATION 

[I was astonished that Congress acted in congenial interest to a global healthcare threat. Perhaps the shiftless can be motivated afterall.

Since death and pandemic destruction is so useful to unify the work of the Congress, we will use that motivation to invest in a more globalized reach for universal health determinations.  Using a platform of pandemic treatment access we will leverage economic deprivation and plague threats to get the pivot direction we want from Asia.]

And no challenge, no challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

(APPLAUSE)

2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.

Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does: 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists, that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA and at NOAA and at our major universities, and the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t 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 and conflict and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

TRANSLATION 

[I’ve heard members of the DOE and congressional environmental caucuses dodge the evidence saying science is no reason to influence public policy.  While I am not a man of science, the ones consulting the administration indicate our actions influence public policy.  As a matter of the universal force of our negligence, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe.  The Pentagon thinks its a readymade crisis we can capitalize upon.]

(APPLAUSE)

That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action.

TRANSLATION

[That’s why over the last six years we’ve hemmed & hawed over climate change due to the way we poduce energy and use it.  That’s why we’ve been more flexible with the use of public lands and waters than any other administration in history. That’s why I will not work with Congress to do anything more than finish the Healthcare website. I am determined to show those public workers who’s the boss!] 

(APPLAUSE)
In Beijing, we made a historic announcement: the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.

TRANSLATION

[China seems to be competetive with us as carbon polluters.  We are in a race to beat regulators on a compromise on pollutant practices.  We know where they get their oil [Russia]. So we are working on a plan to turn down the tap.] 

And There’s one last pillar of our leadership, and that’s the example of our values.

[WHITE NOISE INTERRUPTION]

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained.

TRANSLATION 

[As Americans we are always threatened.  Torture is prohibited on lawful documents we let you see due to FOIA.  Legal process has not caught up with drone technology, our caucuses will continue foot dragging until the public ties our hands over foreign and domestic practices {both torture & drone use}.]

(APPLAUSE)

It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world.

TRANSLATION

[Isreal has us currently by the balls and we must move in the direction in which they are twisted.  Just understand there is some resistance over this. We do not like it. It is very unpleasant.]

(APPLAUSE)
It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims, the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech and advocate for political prisoners and condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

We do these things not only because they are the right thing to do…
TRANSLATION

[It’s why we continue to target Muslim communities for religious and ethnic profiling. We are unsure they share our committment to unilateral economic sabotage of markets & currencies independent of our dominance.  So we will stand aside and allow the supression of investigative foreign reporting, the persecution of women, religious minorities and LGBT in other nations.]

[That’s the way it is.] 
(APPLAUSE)

… but because ultimately, they make us safer.

TRANSLATION: [..because it keeps the winners we pick safe from the rest of you.]

(APPLAUSE)

As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice. So it makes no sense to spend $3 million per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit.

TRANSLATION

[The American justice system has been compromised. We will continue to develop and sustain an efficient public-private prison system to house miscreant journalists, migrant slaves, systemic resisters and FBI informants turned over for processing.  The world condemns us.]

(APPLAUSE)

Since I’ve been president, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of Gitmo in half. Now it is time to finish the job, and I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It is not who we are.

[Pressures to concede to codes of legal conduct have been relentless.  We were forced to purge the GITMO facility of over half of it’s human stock for paralell human experimentation.  We are being compelled to release the remainder of uncharged prisoners under legal duress.  National Intelligence will not be criminalized for their roles until shut down is complete.  This is who we have become.]

(APPLAUSE)

It’s time to close Gitmo.

TRANSLATION 

[It’s time to close GITMO, but there are still barriers to shuttering bases of torture around the world because we need the data.]
(APPLAUSE)
As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties, and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I have not. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse.

TRANSLATION

[ It is not yet clear to me that Americans value their civil liberty.  Nevertheless we will impose contrary virtues to those of our settled establishement on other nations to terrorize their networks.  While many have been brow beaten into submission and jailed over national security leaks, I retain my freedom.  As we have done in the past, our Intelligence apertures will continue to pave over the reccommendations of privacy advocates and eliminate civilian human rights conventions to perfect the potential for abuse at our discretion.] 

And next month, we’ll issue a report on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.

TRANSLATION 

[And in February, we will have the data if the successive global shakedown is really worth all the trouble to inform on the US taxpayer.]  

Looking to the future instead of the past, making sure we match our power with diplomacy and use force wisely. Building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities. Leading always with the example of our values. That’s what makes us exceptional. That’s what keeps us strong. And that’s why we have to keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards: our own.

[WHITE NOISE]

You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t a liberal America, or a conservative America; a black America or a white America, but a United States of America.

I said this because I had seen it in my own life, in a nation that gave someone like me a chance; because I grew up in Hawaii, a melting pot of races and customs; because I made Illinois my home, a state of small towns, rich farmland, and one of the world’s great cities; a microcosm of the country where Democrats and Republicans and Independents, good people of every ethnicity and every faith, share certain bedrock values.

Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn’t delivered on this vision. How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever. It’s held up as proof not just of my own flaws, of which there are many, but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, naive, that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it.

TRANSLATION 

[Rudimentary commissions from team playing in Congress has kept us all employed as public officials, regardless of the people who seated us here.  So as as long as its working out, let’s keep it going.]

I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong.

I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together…

(APPLAUSE)

…we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

TRANSLATION 

[The cynics have got us one the run, but retain some optimism for the totality of our momentum.]

(APPLAUSE)

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California; and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown; in Boston, and West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains; from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard.

I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal…

(APPLAUSE)

…in states that seven in ten Americans call home.

TRANSLATION

[I’d like to thank the Americans who sponsored Air Force One’s travel accommodations on my speaking circuits. NOW AT LEAST SOME GAY FOLKS CAN GET TO THE ALTAR! CAN I GET AN AMEN IN HERE?]

(APPLAUSE)

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper, and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

So the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect America’s hopes. I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle.

TRANSLATION 

[ As soon as they shut off this microphone, you fools know we are headed to the gridlock championship. GAME ON BITCHES.]

And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for — arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.

Understand, a better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine; a better politics is one where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.

A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other, where we talk issues and values and principles and facts, rather than “gotcha” moments or trivial gaffes or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.

TRANSLATION 

[ Yeah. I see you clapping and smiling now.  I’ve got some people waiting on you in the alley on the way out. I’M IN YOUR PHONES!  YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE MEEEE!]

(APPLAUSE)

A politics…

(APPLAUSE)

A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up with a sense of purpose and possibility, asking them to join in the great mission of building America.

If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments. But let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.

We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely, we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care that she needs.

TRANSLATION

[Expectations and approval ratings are low for a reason. At the end of the day we can agree on one thing, sisters really *are* doing it for themselves.]

(APPLAUSE)

Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is snatched from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. I’ve talked to Republicans and Democrats about that. That’s something that we can share.

We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred…

(APPLAUSE)

…that it’s being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to make voting easier for every single American.

TRANSLATION 

[ We’re politicians. And I will still fight every one of you for 2 of those votes. I will over promise and under deliver every single time if I can get one moderate Republican to vote for my policies when its time to go to the polls. EVEN IF I AM NOT RUNNING. Did you hear me?]

(APPLAUSE)

We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. And surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift.

TRANSLATION 

[ You can disagree about the events at Ferguson. You can be sure of one thing, no one is safe while the cops are  militarized.]

(APPLAUSE)

And surely we can agree it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves all of us.

TRANSLATION 

[The prisons are chock full of Americans and wannabe Americans.]

(APPLAUSE)

That’s a better politics. That’s how we start rebuilding trust. That’s how we move this country forward. That’s what the American people want. That’s what they deserve. I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda…

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

I know, because I won both of them.

(APPLAUSE)

(LAUGHTER)

My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol: to do what I believe is best for America.

If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, I ask you to join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree.

TRANSLATION 

[ Agree or disagree, your cooperation is required to push back terms of an oath to the US Constitution. I will continue to for more of a global politic in spite of sovereign nationalists.  Your investment is mandatory at this time.]

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