By Maya Rhodan
January 13, 2016

As the world tuned in to the President’s final State of the Union address, policy wonks and advocates parsed Obama’s words to see what he did (or did not) say about their specific cause. As usual, it provided a great opportunity for Obama’s friends to commit to supporting him as his presidency winds down, and gave his foes plenty to critique. Here’s a roundup of what they had to say:

Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters

Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress

Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

David McIntosh, President of the Club for Growth

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter

Presidents speak so much about safety in terms of the foreign policy, but fail to candidly speak about safety re: domestic policy. #SOTU

— deray (@deray) January 13, 2016

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Write to Maya Rhodan at maya.rhodan@time.com.

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