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    State of the Union
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    Members of the Congress, I have the high privilege and the distinct honor presenting to you
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    The President of the United States
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    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans
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    Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.
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    And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.
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    I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.
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    I also understand that because it’s an election season,
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    expectations for what we’ll achieve this year are low.
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    Still, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate
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    the constructive approach you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget
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    and make tax cuts permanent for working families.
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    So I hope we can work together this year
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    on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping
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    (clapping)
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    who are battling prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse.
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    So, who knows, we just might surprise the cynics again.
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    But tonight,
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    I want to go easy on the traditional list of proposals for the year ahead.
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    Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty,
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    from helping students learn to write computer code to personalizing medical treatments for patients.
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    And I’ll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs to be done
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    Fixing a broken immigration system
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    (Cheering)
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    Protecting our kids from gun violence
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    (Cheering)
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    Equal pay for equal work
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    (Cheering)
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    paid leave
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    raising the minimum wage
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    All these things still matter to hardworking families
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    they are still the right thing to do
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    and I will not let up until they get done
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    But for my final address to this chamber
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    I don’t want to talk just about next year
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    I want to focus on the next five years
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    the next ten years, and beyond
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    I want to focus on our future
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    We live in a time of extraordinary change
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    change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world
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    It’s change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs
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    but also economic disruptions that strain working families
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    It promises education for girls in the most remote villages
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    but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away
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    It’s change that can broaden opportunity,or widen inequality
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    And whether we like it or not
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    the pace of this change will only accelerate
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    America has been through big changes before
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    wars and depression
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    the influx of immigrants
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    workers fighting for a fair deal
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    and movements to expand civil rights
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    Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future
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    who claimed we could slam the brakes on change
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    promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control
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    And each time, we overcame those fears
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    We did not
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    in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the “dogmas of the quiet past.”
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    Instead we thought anew
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    and acted anew
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    We made change work for us
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    always extending America’s promise outward
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    to the next frontier, to more people
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    And because we did
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    because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril
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    we emerged stronger and better than before.
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    What was true then can be true now
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    Our unique strengths as a nation
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    our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery
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    our diversity and commitment to the rule of law
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    these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come
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    In fact, it’s in that spirit
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    that we have made progress of these past seven years
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    that's how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations
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    That’s how we reformed our health care system
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    and reinvented our energy sector
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    that's how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans
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    that's how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love
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    But such progress is not inevitable
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    It is the result of choices we make together
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    And we face such choices right now
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    Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear
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    turning inward as a nation
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    turning against each other as a people?
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    Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are
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    in what we stand for
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    and the incredible things we can do together?
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    So let’s talk about the future
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    and four big questions
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    that I believe we as a country have to answer
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    regardless of who the next President is
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    or who controls the next Congress
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    First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?
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    (Clapping)
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    Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us
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    especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?
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    (clapping)
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    Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
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    And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?
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    Let me start with the economy, and a basic fact:
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    the United States of America
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    right now
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    has the strongest, most durable economy in the world
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    (clapping)
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    We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history
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    (cheering)
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    More than 14 million new jobs; the strongest two years of job growth since the ‘90s; an unemployment rate cut in half
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    Our auto industry just had its best year ever
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    (cheering)
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    That's just part of the manufacturing surge has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years
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    And we’ve done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters
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    Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction
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    Now, What is true
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    and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious
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    is that the economy has been changing in profound ways
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    changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that haven’t let up
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    Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line
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    but any job where work can be automated
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    Companies in a global economy can locate anywhere
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    and face tougher competition
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    As a result, workers have less leverage for a raise
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    Companies have less loyalty to their communities
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    And more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top
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    All these trends have squeezed workers
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    even when they have jobs
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    even when the economy is growing
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    It’s made it harder for a hardworking family to pull itself out of poverty
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    harder for young people to start on their careers
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    tougher for workers to retire when they want to
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    And although none of these trends are unique to America
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    they do offend our uniquely American belief that everybody who works hard should get a fair shot
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    For the past seven years
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    our goal has been a growing economy that also works better for everybody
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    We’ve made progress
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    But we need to make more
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    And despite all the political arguments we’ve had these past few years
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    there are some areas where Americans broadly agree
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    We agree that real opportunity requires every American to get the education and training they need to land a good-paying job
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    The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start
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    and together, we’ve increased early childhood education, lifted high school graduation rates to new highs
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    and boosted graduates in fields like engineering
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    In the coming years, we should build on that progress
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    by providing Pre-K for all
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    offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one
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    we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids
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    And we have to make college affordable for every American
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    no hardworking student should be stuck in the red
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    We’ve already reduced student loan payments to ten percent of a borrower’s income
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    and that's good
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    and now, we’ve actually got to cut the cost of college
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    (clapping)
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    Providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student
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    is one of the best ways to do that, and I’m going to keep fighting to get that started this year
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    It's the right thing to do
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    (clapping)
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    a great education isn’t all we need in this new economy
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    We also need benefits and protections that provide a basic measure of security
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    it’s not much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in America who are going to work
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    the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber
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    For everyone else, especially folks in their forties and fifties
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    saving for retirement or bouncing back from job loss has gotten a lot tougher
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    Americans understand that at some point in their careers, in this new economy
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    they may have to retool and retrain
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    But they shouldn’t lose what they’ve already worked so hard to build in the process
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    That’s why Social Security and Medicare are more important than ever
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    we shouldn’t weaken them, we should strengthen them
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    (clapping)
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    And for Americans short of retirement
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    basic benefits should be just as mobile as everything else is today
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    That, by the way, is what the Affordable Care Act is all about
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    It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job
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    or go back to school
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    or you strike out and launch that new business
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    you’ll still have coverage
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    Nearly eighteen million have gained coverage so far
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    In the process, . Health care inflation has slowed
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    And our businesses have created jobs every single month since it became law
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    Now, I’m guessing we won’t agree on health care anytime soon
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    But there should be other ways parties can improve economic security
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    Say a hardworking American loses his job
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    we shouldn’t just make sure he can get unemployment insurance
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    we should make sure
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    that program encourages him to retrain for a business that’s ready to hire him
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    If that new job doesn’t pay as much
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    there should be a system of wage insurance in place
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    so that he can still pay his bills
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    And even if he’s going from job to job, he should still be able to save for retirement and take his savings with him
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    That’s the way we make the new economy work better for everyone
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    I also know Speaker Ryan has talked about his interest in tackling poverty
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    America is about giving everybody willing to work a chance, a hand up
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    and I’d welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support
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    like expanding tax cuts for low-income workers who don't have children
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    (clapping)
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    But there are some areas
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    where we just have to be honest, it has been difficult to find agreement over the last seven years
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    and a lot of them all under the category of what role the government should play in making sure the system’s not rigged
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    in favor of the wealthiest and biggest corporations
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    and it's an honest disagreement
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    And the American people have a choice to make.
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    I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy
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    I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed
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    there’s red tape that needs to be cut
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    But after years of record corporate profits
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    working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks
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    just by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at everyone else's expense
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    middle class families are not going to feel more secured because we allowed attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered
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    Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis
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    recklessness on Wall Street did
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    Immigrants aren’t the reason wages haven’t gone up
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    those decisions are made in the boardrooms that too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns
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    It’s sure not the average family watching tonight that avoids paying taxes through offshore accounts
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    The point is, I believe in this new economy
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    workers, start-ups and small businesses need more of a voice, not less
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    The rules should work for them
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    and I am not alone in this
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    And this year I plan to lift up the many businesses who’ve figured out that doing right by their workers, or their customers, or their communities
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    ends up being good for their shareholders
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    and I want to spread those best practices across America
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    that's part of a brighter future
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    In fact, it turns out, many of our best corporate citizens are also our most creative
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    This brings me to the second big question we as a country have to answer
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    how do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges?
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    Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space
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    we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there
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    We didn’t argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget
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    We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon
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    (cheering)
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    That spirit of discovery is in our DNA
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    America is Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers and George Washington Carver.
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    America is Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride
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    America is every immigrant and entrepreneur from Boston to Austin to Silicon Valley racing to shape a better future
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    that's who we are
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    And over the past seven years, we’ve nurtured that spirit
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    We’ve protected an open internet, and taken bold new steps to get more students and low-income Americans online
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    We’ve launched next-generation manufacturing hubs
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    and online tools that give an entrepreneur everything he or she needs to start a business in a single day
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    But we can do so much more
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    . Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer
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    Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade
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    (cheering)
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    Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done
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    And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control.
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    For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all
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    (cheering)
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    What do yo say, Joe?
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    (cheering)
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    Medical research is critical. We need the same level of commitment when it comes to developing clean energy sources.
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    Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely.
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    Because you will be debating our military, most of America's business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community and two hundred nations around the world who agree it's a problem and intend to solve it.
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    But even if the planet wasn't at stake, even if 2014 wasn't the warmest year on record, until 2015, turned out to be even hotter, why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses the chance to produce and sell the energy of the future.
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    (cheering)
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    Listen, seven years ago we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history. Here are the results. In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier conventional power.
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    On rooftops from Arizona to New York solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills.
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    And employs more Americans than coal in jobs that pay better than average. We are taking steps to give homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy.
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    Something by the way, environmentalists and tea partyer's have teamed up to support.
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    Meanwhile we have cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly 60 percent and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on earth.
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    (clapping)
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    Gas under two bucks a gallon ain't bad either.
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    (cheering)
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    Now we've got to accelerate the transition away from old dirtier energy sources.
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    Rather than subsidize the past we should invest in the future. Especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels.
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    We do them no favor when we don't show them where the trends are going.
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    And that's why I'm going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources so that they better reflect the cost they impose on taxpayers and our planet.
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    And that way we put money back into those communities and put tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system.
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    Now, none of this is going to happen overnight. And yes, there are plenty of entrenched interests who want to protect the status quo.
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    But the jobs we'll create, the money we'll save, the planet we'll preserve, that is the kind of future our kids and grand kids deserve.
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    And it's within our grasp. And climate change is one of many issues where our security is linked to the rest of the world.
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    And that's why the third big question that we have to answer together is how to keep America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or trying to nation build where ever there's a problem.
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    I told you earlier all the talk of America's economic decline is political hot air. Well so is all the rhetoric you hear of our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker, let me tell you something.
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    The Untied States of America is the most powerful nation on earth. Period. Period. It's not even close.
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    (clapping)
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    It's not even close. It's not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world.
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    (clapping and cheering and standing ovation)
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    No nation attacks us directly or our allies because they know that is the path to ruin. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office.
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    And when it comes to every important issue people of the world do not look to Moscow or Beijing to lead they call us.
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    (clapping)
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    So I think its useful to level said here, because when we don't we don't make good decisions. Now someone who begins everyday with an intelligence briefing, I know this is a dangerous time.
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    But that's not primarily because of some looming super power that out there and it's certainly not because of diminished American strength.
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    In today's world we are threatened less by evil empires and more by failing states. The middle east is going through a transformation that will play out for a generation.
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    Rooted in conflicts that date back millennium. Economic headwinds are blowing in from a Chinese economy that is in significant transition.
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    Even as their economy severely contracts, Russia is pouring resources into prop up Ukraine and Syria, states that they saw slipping away from their orbit.
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    And the international system we built after World War II is struggling to keep pace with this new reality. It's up to us, the United States of America to help remake that system.
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    And to do that well, it means that we've got to set priorities. Priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorists networks.
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    (clapping)
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    Both Al cida and now Isel pose a direct threat to out people because in today's world even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life including their own can do a lot of damage.
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    They use the internet to poison the minds of individuals inside our country. There actions undermine and destabilize our allies. We have to take them out.
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    But as we focus on destroying Isel over the top claims that this is World War III, just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks, twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages they pose an enormous danger to civilians.
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    They have to be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence. That is the story Isel want to tell. That is the propaganda they use to recruit.
  289. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    We don't need to build them up to show them were serious. And we sure don't need to push away vital allies in this fight by echoing the lie that Isel is somehow the representative of one of the world's largest religions.
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    (clapping)
  291. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    We just need to call them what they are. Killers and fanatics. Who have to be rooted out, hunted down and destroyed.
  292. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping)
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    And that is exactly what we're doing. For more than a year, America has led a coalition of more than 60 countries to cut off Isel's financing, disrupt their plots, stop the flow of terrorist fighters and stamp out their vicious ideology.
  294. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    With nearly ten thousand air strikes, we are taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, their weapons. We are training, arming and supporting forces who are steadly reclaiming territory in Iraq and Syria.
  295. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    If this congress is serious about winning this war and wants to end a message to our troops and the world, authorize the use of military force against Isel. Take a vote. Take a vote.
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    (clapping)
  297. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    But the American people should know, that with or without congressional act, Isel will learn the same lessons as terrorists before them.
  298. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    If you doubt America's commitment or mine to see that justice is done, just ask Osama Bin Laden. Ask the Leader of Akida Yemen who was taken out last year.
  299. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Or the perpetrator of the Benghazi attack who sits in a prison cell. When you come after Americans, we come after you.
  300. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    It may take time, but we have long memories and our reach has no limits.
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    (clapping)
  302. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Our foreign policy has to be focused on the threat of Isel and Alkida. But it can't stop there. For even without Isel, even without Alkida, instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world.
  303. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    In the Middle East, in Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, in parts of Central America and Africa and Asia, some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorists networks.
  304. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Others will just fall victim to ethnic conflict or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees. The world will look us to help solve these problems.
  305. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And our answer needs to be more than tough talk. Or calls to carpet bomb civilians. That may work as a TV sound byte, but it doesn't pass muster on the world stage.
  306. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    We also can't take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. Even if it is done with the best of intentions. That is not leadership.
  307. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That is a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately will weaken us. It is the lesson of Vietnam.
  308. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    It's the lesson of Iraq and we should have learned it by know. Now fortunately there is a smarter approach. A patient and disciplined strategy that uses every element of our national power.
  309. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    It says America will always act alone if necessary to protect our people and our allies. But on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us and make sure other countries pull their own weight.
  310. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That is our approach for conflicts like Syria, where we are partnering with local forces and leading international efforts, to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace.
  311. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That is why we built a global coalition with sanctions and principled diplomacy to prevent a nuclear armed Iran and as we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its Uranium stockpile and the world has avoided another war.
  312. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That's how, that's how we stopped this spread of Eboli in West Africa. Our military, our doctors, our development workers, they were heroic, they set up the platform that then allowed other countries to join in behind us and stamp out that epidemic.
  313. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Hundreds of thousands, maybe a couple million lives were saved. That is how we forged a transpacific partnership to open markets, and protect workers in the environment and advance American leadership in Asia.
  314. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    It cuts 18,000 taxes on products made in America. Which will then support more good jobs here in America. With TTP China does not set the rules in that region, we do.
  315. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    You want to show our strength in this new century, approve this agreement, give us the tools to enforce it. its the right thing to do.
  316. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Let me give you another example. Fifty years of isolation in Cuba had failed to promote democracy, it set us back in land America, that's why we restored diplomatic relations, open the door to travel and commerce, position ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people.
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    (clapping)
  318. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    So if you want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere, recognize that the Cold War is over, lift the embargo. (clapping) The point is, American leadership in the 21st century is not a choice between ignoring the rest of the world, except when we kill terrorists or occupying and rebuilding whatever society is unraveling.
  319. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Leadership means a wise application of military power and rallying the world behind the causes that are right. It means seeing our foreign assistance as a part of our national security, not something separate, not charity.
  320. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    When we lead nearly two hundred nations to the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change , yes that helps vulnerable countries but it also protects our kids.
  321. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    When we help Ukraine defend its democracy or Columbia resolve a decades long war, that strengthens the international order we depend on.
  322. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    When we help African countries feed their people and care for the sick, its the right thing to do and it prevents the next pandemic from reaching our shores.
  323. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Right now we are on track to end the scourge of HIV Aids, that's within our grasp and we have the chance to accomplish the same thing with malaria, something I will be pushing congress to fund this year.
  324. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping)
  325. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That's American strength, that's American leadership. And that kind of leadership depends on the power of our example. That's why I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo. It is expensive, it is unnecessary and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies. There is a better way.
  326. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping)
  327. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And that' why we need to reject any politics, and politics, that targets people because of race, or religion. (clapping). But let me just say this, This is not a matter of political correctness. This is a matter of understanding just what it is that makes us strong.
  328. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    The world respects us not just for our arsenal, it respects us for our diversity. And our openness and the way we respect everything.
  329. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    His holiness Pope Francis told this body from the very spot that I am standing on tonight, that to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.
  330. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    When politicians insult musselims whether abroad or our fellow citizens, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid is called names, that doesn't make us safer. That's not telling it like it is. It is just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. It betrays who we are as a country.
  331. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping and cheering, standing ovation)
  332. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    We the people, our constitution begins with those simple words. Words we've come to recognize mean all the people, not just some. Words that insist that we rise and fall together. That that's how we might perfect our youth.
  333. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And that brings me to the fourth and maybe most important thing I want to say tonight. The future we want, all of us want, opportunity and security for our families, a rising standard of living, a sustainable peaceful planet for our kids, all that is within our reach.
  334. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    But it will only happen if we work together, it will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates, it will only happen if we fix our politics.
  335. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    A better politics doesn't mean we have to agree on everything. It is a big country, different regions, different attitudes, different interests, that is one of our strengths too.
  336. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Our founders distributed power between states and branches of government and expected us to argue, just as they did, fiercely, over the size and shape of government.
  337. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Over commerce and foreign relations. Over the meaning of liberty and the imperatives of security. But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens.
  338. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    It doesn't work, if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice. It doesn't work if our political opponets are unpatriotic or trying to weaken America.
  339. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise, or when even basic facts are contested, or when we listen only to those who agree with us.
  340. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Our public life withers, when only the most extreme voices get all the attention. And most of all democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn't matter.
  341. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some special interest. Too many Americans feel that way right now. It's one of the few regrets of my presidency, that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.
  342. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I have no doubt that a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide. And I guarantee I'll continue to try to make it better so long as I hold this office.
  343. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    But my fellow Americans, this cannot be my task, or any president's alone. There are a whole lot of folks in this chamber, good people, who would like to see more cooperation. Who would like to see a more elevated debate in Washington.
  344. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    But feel trapped by the imperatives of getting elected. By the noise coming out of the base. I know, you've told me. Its the worse kept secret in Washington, and a lot of you aren't enjoying being trapped in that kind of rank.
  345. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    But that means that if we want a better politics, and I'm addressing the American people now, if we want a better politics, its not enough to change a congressman, or change a senator, or even change the President, we have to change the system to reflect our better selves.
  346. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I think we've got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters and not the other way around.
  347. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping)
  348. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Let a bipartisanship group do it. I believe we've got to reduce the influence of money in our politics so that a handful of families of hidden interest can't bankroll our elections.
  349. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping)
  350. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And If our existing approach to campaign finance reform can't pass muster in the courts, we need to work together to find a real solution, because it's a problem. And most of you don't like raising money.
  351. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I know, I've done it. We've got to make it easier to vote, not harder. We need to modernize it for the way we live now. (clapping) This is America, we want to make it easier for people to participate. And over the course of this year, I intend to travel the country to push for reforms to do just that.
  352. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    But I can't do these things on my own. Changes in our political process. And not just who gets elected, but how they get elected. That will only happen when the American people demand it. It depends on you.
  353. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That's what meant by a government of, by and for the people. What I'm suggesting is hard. It's a lot easier to be cynical. To accept that change is not possible, and politics is hopeless.
  354. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And the problem is, all the folks elected don't care And to believe that our voices and actions don't matter. But if we give up now then we forsake a better future.
  355. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Those with money and power will gain greater control over the decisions that could send a young soldier to war or allow another economic disaster, or roll back the equal rights and voting rights that generations of Americans have fought and even died to secure.
  356. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And then as frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into our respective tribes. To scapegoat fellow citizens who don't look like us or pray like us or vote like we do or share the same background.
  357. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    We can't afford to go down that path. It won't deliver the economy we want. It woun't produce the security we want, But most of all it contradicts everything that makes us the envy of the world.
  358. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    So my fellow AMerican, whatever you believe, Whether you prefer one party or no party, whether you support my agenda or fough as hard as you could against it, our collective futures depend on your willingness to uphold your duties as a citizen.
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    To vote, to speak out, to stand out for others, escpeially the weak, especially the vulnerable. Knowing that each of us is here because somebody somewhere stood us for us.
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    (clapping)
  361. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    We need every American to stay active in our public life and not just during election time, so that our public life reflects the goodness and the decency that I see in the American people every single day.
  362. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    It is not easy, our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a little over a year from now when I no longer hold this office that I will be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped Americans travel so far.
  363. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Voices that help see ourselves not first and foremost as black and white, Asian or Latino, not as gay or straight, immigrant or native born, not democrat or republican, but as Americans first, bound by a common creed.
  364. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Voices Dr. King believed would have the final word. Voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love. And there out there, those voices, they don't get a lot of attention, they don't seek a lot of fanfare, but there busy doing the work this country needs doing.
  365. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I see them everywhere I travel in this incredible country of ours. I see you, the American people, and in your daily acts of citizenship, I see our future unfolding.
  366. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I see it in the worker around the assembly line who clocked extra shifts to keep the company open. And the boss who paqys them higher wages instead of laying them off. I see it in the dreamer who stays up late at night to finish her science project.
  367. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    And the teacher who comes in early, maybe with some extra supplies she bought because she knows that that young girl might someday cure a disease.
  368. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I see it in the American who served his time, made bad mistakes as a child but now is dreaming of starting over. And I see it in the business owner who gives him that second chance. The protester determined to prove that justice mattes and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect.
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    Doing the work of keeping us safe. I see it in the soldier who gives almost everything to save his brothers, the nurse who tends to him so he can run a marathon, the community that lines up to cheer him on. It's the son who finds the courage to come out as who is his, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything hes been taught.
  370. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    I see it in the elderly woman who will wait in line to cast her vote as long as she has to, the new citizen who casts his vote for the first time, the volunteer at the polls who believe that every vote should count, because each of them in different ways know how much that precious right to vote is worth.
  371. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    That's the America I know. That's the country we love. Clear eyed, big hearted, undaunted by challenge, optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. That's what makes me so hopeful about our future. I believe in change, because I believe in you. The American people. And that's why I stand here as confident as I have ever been.
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    That the state of our union is strong. (clapping)
  373. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    Thank you. God bless you. Gold bless the United States of America.
  374. Ne Sinchronizuotas
    (clapping, cheering, standing ovation)