President Obama Touts Ideas He Calls 'Practical, Not Partisan'

In the introduction to his speech, Obama assures Congress that the "State of the Union is strong."
5:11 | 01/21/15

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A term. As a vice president. Members of congress. My fellow Americans. We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen year as the dawn would terror touching our shores. That unfolded with a new generation fighting too long and costly wars. That's all vicious recession spread across our nation. And the world. It has been that and still lives. A hard time for many. But tonight. We turn the page. Tonight. After a breakthrough year for America. Our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. It. Our unemployment rate is now lower than was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before it. More mark people are insured than ever before. Where does free from the grip of a foreign or home as we've been in almost thirty years. For the first time since 9/11. Our combat mission in Afghanistan is all over. Six years ago nearly a 180000. American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today fewer of them at 151000 warming. And we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 generation. America for all that we have them do. All the greater. And hard work required to come back. For all the tasks that lie ahead no that's. The shadow of crisis has passed. In the state of the union is strong. At this small. With a growing economy shrinking deficits. Bustling industry. Booming energy production. We have risen from recession freer to write our own future. Than any other nation on a it's now up to us. To choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years and for decades to come to. We accept an economy were only a few of us do spectacularly well. Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for every one who makes via. We approach the world fearful and react. Dragon a costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standard. Or will we lead wisely. Using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet. We allow ourselves to be sorted and affections. And turned against one another. Will we recapture the sense of common purpose. Ms. always propelled America for. In two weeks. We'll send us congress about. Filled with ideas that are practical not partisan. And in the months ahead all crisscrossed the country making a case. For those ideas. So tonight. I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals. And focus more on the values that state in the choices before us.

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