Excerpts from Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Tonight, the president will be delivering his State of
the Union Address. Below are some of the excerpts in advance, that have been
prepared for his delivery to the American people:
“Let’s face it: that belief has suffered some serious blows. Over more than
three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in
technology and global competition 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, corporate profits and stock prices
have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But
average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility
has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many
Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead.
And too many still aren’t working at all.
Our job is to reverse these tides. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t
agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical
proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new
ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action,
and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and
neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to
expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
“Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to
restore that promise.”