Obama offers tips for his would-be successors

2016-01-13 08:38
President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (File, AP)

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (File, AP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama is opening his State of the Union address with a few jokes about the race to pick his successor.

Obama got cheers when he promised to keep his address short, because some of the legislators are antsy to get back to Iowa.

That's where the first caucuses of the presidential campaign take place in just a few weeks.

Obama ad-libbed that he's been to Iowa, and he's happy to share some advice.

Obama tells the legislators, "I'll be shaking hands afterward if you want some tips."

His audience included Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Marco Rubio of Florida, both presidential hopefuls.

Obama also said those who try to dispute the science of climate change will end up "pretty lonely".

Obama is touting his efforts to fight global warming in his final State of the Union address. He says those doubting global warming are welcome to "have at it." He says they'll be on the opposite side of the military, most businesses, a majority of Americans and almost all scientists.

The president is adding that 200 nations around the world agree climate change is a problem that must be solved. He's alluding to the global climate pact the US and other nations reached in Paris in December.

The president says investing in climate solutions is also a chance for US businesses to produce "the energy of the future." He's pointing to wind and solar technology.

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