“Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr. Putin’s aggression was a masterful display of strategy and strength. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.”
President Obama's comments on Russia in the State of the Union were rude, dishonest, and dumb. Also they were inaccurate - Russia just signed a landmark oil/gas deal (in December) with India, is working to finalize a 30 year 400 billion dollar gas deal with China, and has lately strengthened relations with many Central and South American nations - Russia is hardly "isolated".
Schoolyard taunts and insults like that which President Obama directed at Vladimir Putin’s Russia in the State of the Union are beneath the dignity of the office of the president. All presidents do this a bit but Obama always feels really forced when he does it as if he is trying too hard to blunt the criticism of right wing Republicans by playing the strong guy role.
No mention in the speech what the US has done executing a coup against the democratically elected leader of the Ukraine and replacing him with a corrupt oligarch empowered by a street army of neo-nazis (Real Nazis! not just Nazis used as a pejorative)....The long term ramifications are going to be ugly and negative (just as they are going to be in many other parts of the world from the Middle East to Africa to Honduras to Israel) and Obama will be remembered as a largely terrible foreign policy president - Equal to or not much better than Bush.