Transcript for President Obama Says Congress Needs to Come Together on the Economy
This is the -- Mr. vice president. Members of congress. Fellow Americans. 51 years ago John F. Kennedy. Declared to this chamber. That the constitution. Makes us not rivals for power. But partners for progress. It is my task he said. To report. The state of the union. To improve it. In the task of assault. Tonight. Banks to the grit and determination of the American people. There is much progress to report. 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 more American -- -- we haven't five years and less foreign oil. No we haven't won it. Our housing market is healing. -- stock market is rebounding. And consumers. Patients. And homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before. We have cleared away the rubble of crisis. And we can say it wasn't renewed confidence. That the state of our union is strong. Gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans. Whose hard work and dedication. Have not yet been -- Our economy is adding jobs but. Too many people still can't find full time employment. Corporate profits have skyrocketed to all time highs. But for more than a decade wages and incomes have barely budged. It is our generation's testament. To reignite the true engine of America's economic growth. -- thriving middle class. It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this company. The idea that if you work hard -- meet your responsibilities. You can get ahead. No matter where you come from no matter what you look like or who you love. It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many. And not just the few. That it encourages free enterprise. Awards. Individual nation. And opens the doors of opportunity to every child -- -- this great nation. The American people. Don't expect government to solve every problem. They don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put. The nation's interests before park. They do expect us to -- reasonable compromise where we can't. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together. And that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of assault.
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