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State of the Union: Obama issues a call to action in his address to Congress

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President Obama’s State of the Union address was a loud call to action, according to a Jan. 28 ABC News report. With a promise and pledge to charge forward in 2014 on matters involving economic opportunities, the President set an agenda for action.

With economic growth and progress somewhere over the horizon, the President rallied Congress with hopes for a radical 2014; a “breakthrough year” for the United States. “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,” he said. “Our job is to reverse these trends. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything.”

According to CBS News, President Obama’s message to America was full of opportunity and hope. “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,” the President said. “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.”

President Obama expressed his commitment to this action call to “reverse the tides” of increasing corporate wealth juxtaposed with decreased options for average Americans, with or without Congress.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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