President Barack Obama implored Democrats and Republicans Tuesday night to rally behind an economic agenda of federal spending on core areas alongside a long, hard commitment to reining in the nation’s debt.
WASHINGTON – Confronting a divided government, President Barack Obama struck notes of conciliation and challenge in his State of the Union speech, suggesting new spending cuts while advocating increased outlays for education, mass transit and infrastructure. Obama’s hourlong address Tuesday night sought to repel anticipated Republican efforts to roll back his party’s signature legislative achievements, including the health care overhaul, during the next two years.
Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in his State of the Union address Tuesday night: “We will move forward together or not at all.” In his best chance of the year to connect with the country, Obama devoted most of his prime-time address to the economy, the issue that dominates concern in a nation still reeling from a monster recession — and the one that will shape his own political fortunes in the 2012 election.
President Barack Obama drew what could be called a bipartisan majority of the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, as six of its nine justices showed up to listen to his State of the Union address just a year after he scolded them for freeing corporations to fund campaign ads. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, both nominated by Republicans, joined the four Democratic appointees to the high court.
The text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.