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2014 SOTU as Delivered

2014 SOTU as Delivered

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Published by Celeste Katz
2014 SOTU as Delivered
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Published by: Celeste Katz on Jan 29, 2014
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THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate ReleaseJanuary 28, 2014REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTIN THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESSU.S. Capitol9:15 P.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, membersof Congress, my fellow Americans:Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with astudent who needed it, and did her part to lift America’sgraduation rate to its highest level in more than threedecades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her techstartup, and did her part to add to the more than 8 millionnew jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.(Applause.) An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, mostfuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to helpAmerica wean itself off foreign oil.A farmer prepared for the spring after the strongestfive-year stretch of farm exports in our history. A ruraldoctor gave a young child the first prescription to treatasthma that his mother could afford. (Applause.) A man tookthe bus home from the graveyard shift, bone-tired, butdreaming big dreams for his son. And in tight-knitcommunities all across America, fathers and mothers will tuckin their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallencomrades, and give thanks for being home from a war that,after 12 long years, is finally coming to an end. (Applause.)
Tonight, this chamber speaks with one voice to the peoplewe represent: It is you, our citizens, who make the state ofour union strong. (Applause.)And here are the results of your efforts: The lowestunemployment rate in over five years. (Applause.) Arebounding housing market. (Applause.) A manufacturingsector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s.(Applause.) More oil produced at home than we buy from therest of the world -- the first time that’s happened in nearly20 years. (Applause.) Our deficits -- cut by more than half.(Applause.) And for the first time in over a decade, businessleaders around the world have declared that China is no longerthe world’s number one place to invest; America is.(Applause.)That’s why I believe this can be a breakthrough year forAmerica. After five years of grit and determined effort, theUnited States is better positioned for the 21st century thanany other nation on Earth.The question for everyone in this chamber, runningthrough every decision we make this year, is whether we aregoing to help or hinder this progress. For several years now,this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over theproper size of the federal government. It’s an importantdebate -- one that dates back to our very founding. But whenthat debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basicfunctions of our democracy -- when our differences shut downgovernment or threaten the full faith and credit of the UnitedStates -- then we are not doing right by the American people.(Applause.)Now, as President, I’m committed to making Washingtonwork better, and rebuilding the trust of the people who sentus here. And I believe most of you are, too. Last month,thanks to the work of Democrats and Republicans, Congressfinally produced a budget that undoes some of last year’ssevere cuts to priorities like education. Nobody got
everything they wanted, and we can still do more to invest inthis country’s future while bringing down our deficit in abalanced way, but the budget compromise should leave us freerto focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises.(Applause.)In the coming months, let’s see where else we can makeprogress together. Let’s make this a year of action. That’swhat most Americans want: for all of us in this chamber tofocus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. What Ibelieve unites the people of this nation -- regardless of raceor region or party, young or old, rich or poor -- is thesimple, profound belief in opportunity for all -- the notionthat if you work hard and take responsibility, you can getahead in America. (Applause.)Let’s face it: That belief has suffered some seriousblows. Over more than three decades, even before the GreatRecession hit, massive shifts in technology and globalcompetition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs,and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.Today, after four years of economic growth, corporateprofits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those atthe top have never done better. But average wages have barelybudged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility hasstalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst ofrecovery, too many Americans are working more than ever justto get by, let alone to get ahead. And too many still aren’tworking at all.So our job is to reverse these trends. It won’t happenright away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what Ioffer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals tospeed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build newladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some requirecongressional action, and I am eager to work with all of you.But America does not stand still -- and neither will I.(Applause.) So wherever and whenever I can take steps without

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