Thank you. Please, everybody, have a seat.Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President,Membersmembers
of Congress, fellowcitizens:
Americans, 51years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this
``theConstitution makes us not rivals for power,but partners for progress
.''"It is my task ,",''he said,"``to report theStatestateof theUnion - tounion. Toimprove it is the
task of us all.".''Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress toreport. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.
After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy moreAmerican cars
than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Ourhousing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, andhomeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.
TogetherAfter years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs. We buymore American cars than we have in five years and less foreign oil than we have in 20.Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients andhomeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.So, together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, andwecan say with renewed confidence
that the state of our union is stronger.But-- butwe gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work anddedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs-,but too many people stillcan't find full- time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs - but for more
than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.Corporate profits have skyrocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages andincomes have barely budged.It is our generation's task, then, toreignitere-ignitethe true engine
of America's economic growth-:a rising, thriving middle class.