United States President Barack Obama used his final State of the Union address, in the eighth year of his presidency, to raise the issues of climate change and unemployment.
But his final address also allowed him to insert some of his trademark humour without the pressure of another election weighing down on him.
His jokes, including an opening quip about being brief to allow presidential campaginers to return to the race in Iowa, inspired glee both in the halls of Congress and online.
Republican politicians did not take the speech so well, with leading nominee Donald Trump using Twitter to criticise the address.
Here are some of the most hilarious, ridiculous, and shocking responses to the State of the Union.
The Criticial The #SOTU speech is really boring, slow, lethargic – very hard to watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016America needs a real commander-in-chief and a president who will keep us safe. #SOTU pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/kkdS8RMNzM
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 13, 2016Safer? ISIS on the rise. North Korea testing nukes. Syria in chaos. Taliban on march. This president is living in a different world. #SOTU
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 13, 2016Middle-class income has declined $2,000 under Obama’s failed policies. That’s not progress. That’s not giving everyone a fair shot. #SOTU
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 13, 2016Tonight’s speech was less a State of the Union and more a state of denial. #SOTU
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 13, 2016The SupportiveIf you’re holding Trump/Haley ’16 shares on the Iowa futures market, should probably sell #SOTU
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 13, [email protected] just made case for an even more perfect Union. #YesWeCan #NoMoreEmptyChairs #SOTU
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 13, 2016Seven years of progress. We need to build on it—not go backwards. #SOTU pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/LlLjQi2AS4
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 13, 2016Could not agree more with @POTUS: “On issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us.” #SOTU
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 13, 2016Thank you Barack. Thank you. One more year to go. Let’s get criminal justice reform done this year! #SOTU
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 13, 2016The SillyHere’s Paul Ryan trying reeeeally hard not to laugh at one of Obama’s jokes pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/gqekuYJ1BF
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) January 13, 2016Obama’s #SOTU in 2009 vs his tonight speech #SOTU2016. pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/fBUhLjcVnD
— Farzad Lami (@FarzadLameh) January 13, 2016When your mother is really into Obama going live. #SOTU pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/NHtr24wLa6
— Patrice Howard (@PatriceReports) January 13, 2016POTUS: “Clear-eyed…” Me: “…FULL HEARTS CAN’T LOSE” Me: “…oh.”
— Eliza Eaton-Stern (@ElizaEatonStern) January 13, 2016Love a good speech. #SOTU pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/X2BUvEiOXt
— CommunistPartyCanada (@compartycanada) January 13, 2016This kid is my spirit animal. #SOTU pic.twitter韩国半永久纹眉会所,/FlQbZh7q6Z
— Brenna Williams (@brennawilliams) January 13, 2016
The United States Presidential election will take place on November 8, 2016.