By Jueseppi B.
Excerpts of the President’s State of the Union Address — As Prepared for Delivery
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.”
Statements and Releases
Jobless Oak Park woman Misty DeMars White House guest at State of the Union
WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama is expected to again push Congress to extend long-term unemployment benefits at his Tuesday State of the Union address and the White House is inviting a jobless Oak Park woman, Misty DeMars, to his speech to put a human face to his renewed push. House Republicans blocked Obama’s bid to extend help for long term jobless last year. The benefits expired last December
From the White House:
Misty DeMars lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and two young sons. At the end of May, 2013 – just a week after purchasing the home they intended to raise their family in – Misty lost her job of eight years due to budget cuts. Misty, who had been steadily employed since high school and who put herself through college, wrote to the President upon the expiration of her emergency unemployment insurance, explaining: “We stand to lose everything we’ve worked for years to build in the matter of months.” Misty is one of millions who is left with limited resources, difficult decisions and an uncertain future as she looks for work without the crucial economic lifeline of emergency unemployment insurance.
White House Schedule For The Week Ahead
Wednesday: President Obama will deliver remarks on the economy at a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland. In the afternoon, he will travel to Pennsylvania for a speech at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin. He then travels to the Milwaukee area to spend the night.
Thursday: The President will speak in the Milwaukee (General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines facility in Waukesha) and Nashville areas before returning to the White House.
Friday: The President will take a “virtual national tour” via questions from Internet users nationwide during a Google+ Hangout.
First Lady Michelle Obama hits Los Angeles and San Franciso later this week for top dollar fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic House political operation, according to sources connected to the events.
Mrs. Obama is in Los Angeles on Wednesday and San Francisco on Jan. 30 and 31. Her DCCC luncheon on Friday at the Fairmont in San Francisco event is hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif.