Now is not the time to gut these new job-creating innovations… today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re poised to finally control our own energy future. …But for the sake of our children, we must do more to combat climate change.President Obama, segueing from praising increases in American oil and gas production, to speaking more solmenly of the dangers of climate change. Obama cited the recent glut of hottest years on record, and referenced numerous, unusually forceful weather incidents – Superstorm Sandy among them – as reasons he will seek to wield executive power to act on climate reforms, even if congress passes.
We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science, and act before it’s too late.President Obama on climate change
I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.President Obama, rejecting the notion of cutting Social Security to balance the deficit
These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would decimate or military readiness, education, research… it would certainly hurt our recovery.President Obama, speaking out against the looming sequestration budget cuts. He also condemned the thought of holding off on the defense cuts, while still enforcing cuts to programs like Social Security: “That idea is worse.”
It is our generation’s task to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth, a rising, thriving middle class.President Obama, hitting for the first time what pre-address reporting suggested would be the keystone of his speech – appealing to an expansion of the American middle-class.
After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.President Obama, starting off his speech with a list of accomp;lishments, headlined by the impending end of the Afghanistan war. He also cited a rebound in the homeowner’s market, and economic perseverance.
A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?One of the excerpts from tonight’s State of the Union address released to the press by the Obama administration. Read a couple others over this way.