SOTU FACT-CHECK: Obama Flubs Paul Ryan’s Last Name, Calling Him “Mr. Speaker”

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Many statements were made by President Obama during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. But were they all accurate?

We’ve got you covered:

Obama says, “We live in a time of extraordinary change.” Deceptive. This is Obama’s indirect way of suggesting we eliminate the penny.

Obama says,There have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change.” False. Opponents of change have always suggested it be brought to a halt with some sort of anchor-like device.

Obama says, “The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” False. The ticket-based, self-contained economies of Dave & Buster’s arcades are technically more durable.

Obama flubs Paul Ryan’s last name, believing it to be “Speaker.”

Obama says, “Over 600 men named Jeremy have received healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.” True.

Obama gets Paul Ryan’s surname incorrect for a second time.

Obama suggests clean energy employs more Americans than coal. This claim has been repeatedly disproven by thousands of truck bumpers.

Obama says, “We stopped the spread of Eboler in West Africa.” President Obama meant to say Ebola.

Obama says, “For the past seven years, our goal has been a growing economy that works better for everybody.” Half true. For the past seven years, the goal of the Republican party has been 2016.