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Obama said terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State or ISIL use the Internet to poison the minds of individuals inside the country and undermine American allies.

"It's one of the few regrets of my presidency", he said, "that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better". So he spoke far more to voters across the country than to Washington politicians.

"When you hear people peddling this fiction about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker, when you hear folks say we can solve challenges just by looking meaner and talking tougher and carpet-bombing wherever we want, that's just hot air", he said.

"Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest", Obama said. "We must resist that temptation. As a part of both of those visits, the president will spend some time in smaller settings, visiting with members of the community, in addition to addressing larger crowds in both of those communities".

An estimated 75 percent of all USA military deaths and almost 90 percent of all the injuries in Afghanistan have occurred under President Obama's watch. Congressional Republicans began filing out even before it was over. The governor, who led the charge to remove the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. State House grounds after the Charleston church shooting, solidified her place on the list of potential Republican vice presidential candidates, though not on Trump's.

While Obama's speech was a retort to Trump about America's values, Haley was making a retort on the Republican Party's values.

It was an apparent reference to the heated rhetoric about immigrants and minorities from Republican front-runner Donald Trump that has unnerved some Republican leaders.

Tuesday night, he showed that skill again in his final State of the Union address. He pledged to continue to work to close the USA prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and called on Congress to lift the embargo on the Communist-ruled island nation. So I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse.

Obama said he wants to give it to Biden - whose son Beau, Delaware's attorney general, died of brain cancer previous year - and put his vice president "in charge of mission control". But he also expressed his concerns over the climate of partisanship that he sees - at one point faulting himself for not being able to overcome that climate. He also defended immigrants in a year where Republican candidates have called for more border security.