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Read Obama's State of the Union speech

Excerpts of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, as released in advance by the White House:

"In the coming months, let's see where else we can make progress together. Let's make this a year of action. That's what most Americans want - for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all - the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead."

"Let's face it: That belief has suffered some serious blows. Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on."

"Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by - let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all."

"Our job is to reverse these tides. It won't happen right away, and we won't agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still - and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

"Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise."

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dannybishop5 January 29 2014 at 8:20 AM

Silence! I King Obama hereby decree that all in my presence shall bow or be drawn and quartered. I shall rule with an iron hand and not be questioned as to my purpose'none of you are worthy to even touch my feces.this is my order and you must obey. I need no congress or senate to make my rules, or nay lip except for Nancy Pelosi to give a reach around now go I am tired of listening to poor peasants who have no clue . PRAISE BE ALI!!!!!~!~~

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vampyreangelus January 28 2014 at 8:20 PM

Its like the old show To tell the truth, and he never does.

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DAVID LEAVELL January 28 2014 at 8:31 PM

AOL please open a new page labeled comics and include articles like the above.

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jjr526 January 28 2014 at 8:33 PM

Please.....more lies and campaign speech from this incompetent.

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Paul jjr526 January 29 2014 at 5:39 AM

Make no mistake: Obama knows exactly what he is doing.

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sahpdm5 January 28 2014 at 8:35 PM

It was leaked on purpose, but why?

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jt2 January 28 2014 at 8:35 PM

oh, yeah. his staff leaks so much stuff, if they were a ship it would have sunk by now. instead the U.S. is sinking. why don't they just say oh, here's part of the speech, are you idiots going to buy this or is everyone now on to our lies?

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johnfortworth January 28 2014 at 8:19 PM

Remember GM (Government Motors), My stock value was reduced to nothing. I got nothing for my stock. Yet, GM has resurfaced with parts of my equity intact and using the value of my stock to start a new company. I got nothing in the new company. The governmnet dissolved the old company on laws made up as it went to form a new GM. We live in a lawless society. Give me a break Mr. President!

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VincentMVNY johnfortworth January 28 2014 at 8:30 PM

This was the first break in the rule of law in the USA. Stockholders like you got screwed while they made it up as they went along. And GM bondholders who should have been BY LAW the first in line to be paid were pushed aside and the unions were moved into their place.
How does he get away with this???

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ggnpopeye01 johnfortworth January 28 2014 at 8:32 PM

So true of more than just GM. We are all losers under Obama unless we are illegals, or are unemployed by choice. He will find a way to dole out a better living for them

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doowat January 28 2014 at 8:54 PM

So, I read the "leaked" part of his speech above, and I'm wondering why we have to watch reruns so soon?
He's had 5 years to do something. He's had 5 years to back up his talk. He's had 5 years to be a leader. In those 5 years, he's done nothing of any substance to give Americans ground to stand on. The words he says now are almost identical to the words he used in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. There hasn't been a new season on the Obama Channel in years.
Sure, he's produced the government "programs" that are being paid for by the taxpayers. And what have those "programs" done? More people on Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance, and in poverty than ever. If that's what he, his administration and the Democrat party consider progress, then we might as well hang it up now.

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Nonna doowat January 28 2014 at 9:21 PM

How much does the WH pay someone for these "leaks?"

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NormalNot Nonna January 29 2014 at 1:46 AM

They were not LEAKS! The White House ALWAYS releases a written version to the press BEFORE the speech!

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NormalNot doowat January 29 2014 at 1:45 AM

Have you not paid attention? You are aware that on the Presidents 1st inauguration members of Congress, Republican members of Congress had a meeting in which they decided that no matter what the President tried or suggested, they would say no! So even ideas that were from Republicans were suddenly hated by the Republicans, just because he was for them!
The obstructionism has been complete. The Republicans don't want the people to get back to work! They want the unemployment rate up, because then their corporate owners will be able to keep paying crap wages. Then the Republicans want to make sure that they keep these corps getting as much corporate WELFARE as they can possibly soak up, cause nothing makes a ceo more likely to pay his local Congressman than the fact that they are paid back! You scratch a Republicans back and he'll suck your dick!

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navcam January 29 2014 at 6:54 AM

Shuck and Jive..........

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scottee January 28 2014 at 9:19 PM

leaked? really? no one can leak it but himself.

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