But what he was saying, in effect, is we should keep investing in clean energy. And there are other Solyndras out there. The Obama administration put the pedal to the metal on it.
Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I'll be shaking hands afterwards if you want some tips. Speaker, I appreciate the constructive approach that you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget and make tax cuts permanent for working families.
So I hope we can work together this year on some bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform -- applause -- and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse.
So, who knows, we might surprise the cynics again. But tonight, I want to go easy on the traditional list of proposals for the year ahead. And I will keep pushing for progress on the work that I believe still needs to be done. Fixing a broken immigration system. Protecting our kids from gun violence.
Equal pay for equal work.
Raising the minimum wage. All these things still matter to hardworking families. And I won't let up until they get done. I want to focus on the next five years, the next 10 years, and beyond. I want to focus on our future. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away.
And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate. America has been through big changes before -- wars and depression, the influx of new immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, movements to expand civil rights.
Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change; who promised to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. And because we did -- because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril -- we emerged stronger and better than before.
What was true then can be true now. Our unique strengths as a nation -- our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery, our diversity, our commitment to rule of law -- these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.
But such progress is not inevitable. And we face such choices right now. Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, in what we stand for, in the incredible things that we can do together?
First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy? Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us -- especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change? Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
Let me start with the economy, and a basic fact: The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. That's just part of a manufacturing surge that's created nearlynew jobs in the past six years.
Now, what is true -- and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious -- is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit; changes that have not let up.
Companies in a global economy can locate anywhere, and they face tougher competition. As a result, workers have less leverage for a raise.
Companies have less loyalty to their communities. And more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top. All these trends have squeezed workers, even when they have jobs; even when the economy is growing.Feb 13, · President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to try to push past the fiscal battles that plagued his first term - and still threaten his second - .
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Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. Jan 13, · President Obama greets members of Congress before he delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, , from the House chamber of . - This document will analyze the state of the union addresses of President John F.
Kennedy, Ronald Regan, and Barack Obama. In this research paper, the author will summarize each speech, compare and contrast the three, as well as provide multiple literary articles that analyze each and provide the author’s personal opinion. Jan 12, · US President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address at the White House on Wednesday.
Obama entered the venue and was greeted with roaring applause. The State of the Union Address was a speech given by former President Barack Obama, from 9 p.m.
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