Denial and Defeatism |

President Obama’s comments today showed that he is full of denial and defeatism ahead of his #LastSOTU tonight.

“There are no existential threats facing us.”

The American people feel differently. Terrorism tops the list of America’s worries and just 34% of people agree that he has is handling foreign policy well.  Just in the past couple of months, from San Bernadino to Paris, it’s absolutely clear that radical Islamic terrorists are determined to destroy the Western way of life. Yet President Obama ignores this reality, refusing to call a spade a spade. Instead, the president’s strategy of denial has delivered one foreign policy failing after the other. No wonder why Americans don’t have confidence in him.

“We've gotta face up to the fact that the economy's changing. It's not gonna go back to where it was.”

Wages are stagnant. 46 million people are living in poverty. America’s economy is weak. Yet President Obama throws up his hands and is ready to accept this as the new normal. This is not what America is about. We have to get back to making sure the American dream is alive and well – for every citizen.

"I am absolutely confident we will have defeated ISIL. Ultimately, what ISIL represents is-- a blind alley for-- the region.  And people will recognize that, the same way that over time they turned on Al Qaeda-- because they saw that this doesn't lead anywhere."

We’re glad he seems confident, but for all his talk, he still haven’t come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. Not only is this his responsibility as Commander-in-Chief, but it’s required under the defense bill he himself signed into law just a few months ago. It wasn’t that long ago that he called ISIS the “jayvee team,” and the day before the Paris attacks he even said ISIS was "contained." While he still seems to be in denial that this problem has grown on his watch, the House has passed several pieces of legislation to confront the threat posed by ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorists.

For a positive vision of America’s future, be sure to tune in to Governor Nikki Haley following the President’s address at And for more rapid response like this, follow @SpeakerRyan, using the hashtag #LastSOTU to join the conversation.