First covering the state of the union pretty defined address from president Obama and he promised a year of action even if congress doesn't go along, the big question, how much action can he actually... See More
First covering the state of the union pretty defined address from president Obama and he promised a year of action even if congress doesn't go along, the big question, how much action can he actually deliver on his own? ABC's Jon Karl was in the chamber for every moment including that dramatic finale. Incredible. On substance this was a relatively modest call for action. None of the sweeping proposals that we saw from the president in previous years, but that finale, that was the real emotional highlight as the president paid tribute to a genuine American hero. President Obama brought the entire chamber to its feet with the heartbreaking and inspiration story of army ranger Cory Remsburg who was gravely injured more than four years ago on his tenth war zone deployment. His comrades found in face down under water shrapnel in his brain. My recovery has not been easy, he says. Nothing in life that's worth anything is easy. Cory is here tonight and like the army he loves, like the America he serves, sergeant first class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit. Cory. Reporter: Earlier the president extended an olive branch to republicans paying tribute to the life story of speaker of the house John Boehner as an example of the American dream. Here in America our success should depend not on accident of birth but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That's how a son of a bar keep is speaker of the house. Reporter: But the president promised to work around republican opposition saying he would raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts and tried to shame republicans into raising it for everybody else, as well. So join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise. Reporter: He also pressed republicans on equal pay for women. This year let's all come together, congress, the white house, businesses from wall Street to main street to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Reporter: The republican response came from representative Cathy mcmorris-rogers, the highest ranking republican woman in the house. The real gap we face today is one of opportunity in equality and with this administration's policies that gap has become far too wide. Reporter: The president is hitting the road this morning taking his state of the union message beyond Washington. The first stop will be in Maryland at a costco, a company which has voluntarily raised the minimum wage it pays its
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