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President Obama to call for a 'year of action'
Michelle Obama says the president reads 10 letters each day from "folks" living across the USA. It is by reading the letters, in quiet moments at night, that President Obama gets his ideas. Watch State of the Union by live streaming here.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
by Spero News
The White House released excerpts from President Barack Obama’s forthcoming 2014 State of the Union address on January 28. Tuesday. It is due to be televised at 9 PM EST.
As Prepared for Delivery
“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.”
In an email missive, Michelle Obama highlighted her husband's "real motivations and the real substance -- behind tonight's speech..." Speaking of him familiarly, Mrs. Obama offered that the Chief Executive gets his ideas from "from those quiet moments late at night, when Barack is at his desk reading your letters." She said that he reads at least 10 letters from "folks all across the country," while promising that "he listens." Moreover, promised the First Lady, "These letters turn into real action. I've seen it happen: He'll write in the margins 'This is who we're fighting for,' and then he'll pass them on to his senior staff."

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