January 20, 2015
President Obama's Sixth State of the Union Address focused on tax reform to benefit the struggling middle class, economic recovery, free community college, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and equal pay for women. He also called for better politics, reversing climate change, and a free and open Internet.
The President said:
At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.We all know with a Republican Congress few items on the President's wish list will pass. Many bills that do pass, may receive a veto. The President threatened to veto bills that are anti-immigration, weaken health insurance or attempt to undo Wall Street regulations. The new Republican House passed an anti-immigration spending bill this month that would defund the President's November executive order. The President will veto it if it passes the Senate.
Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?
Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?
Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another — or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?
Republicans in the audience remained silent for the most part during the speech, except when the President said, "I've run my last campaign." Then they reacted. The President then went off script saying, "I know, because I won both of them." The Democrats applauded wildly.
The White House posted the entire State of the Union Address so people could read along. Read it here.