President Obama State of the Union Address 2010 Full Text
President Obama gave his State of the Union address 2010 speech tonight, January 27th and he was clear about what the issues were and received a positive response for most of his points.
President Obama addressed the economy, education, taxes, the bank bailout, jobs and how he won't accept the United States being in second place for anything, among other points.
When speaking of the economy he says "the worst of the storm has passed, but the devastation remains".
He got a laugh when he said the bank bailout "was about as popular as a root canal". He got more laughs when he listed the tax cuts and said "I thought I would get a laugh on that".
When he turned to jobs he said that they must be the "number one focus in 2010" and that seemed to be something everyone could agree on.
Obama also said he couldn't accept "second place for the United States of America" and said that it was not fair that America couldn't have the fastest trains or the best industries. He wants safe, clean power plants in the U.S and he wants America to be a leader in clean energy.
The biggest topic seemed to be health care and he acknowledged his wife Michelle for starting a campaign to end childhood obesity. He then quipped "she gets embarrassed".
The New York Times has the full text of the speech, but we have exceprted a few parts here as it's too big to reprint in full here.
One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse, and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted – immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.
We will continue to go through the budget line by line to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work. We've already identified $20 billion in savings for next year. To help working families, we will extend our middle-class tax cuts. But at a time of record deficits, we will not continue tax cuts for oil companies, investment fund managers, and those making over $250,000 a year. We just can't afford it.
Abroad, America's greatest source of strength has always been our ideals. The same is true at home. We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law you should be protected by it; that if you adhere to our common values you should be treated no different than anyone else.