Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union Address

"Despite all our disagreements, we chose to move forward as one nation and one people, again we are tested, again we must answer the call....[Americans are] tired of the pettiness and the partisanship"

"Our union is strong, we do not give up, we do not quit...It is time that Americans get a government that matches their decency and matches their strength"

"Three hundred thousand work in construction and clean energy...the plan that has made this possible is the recovery act also known as the stimulus bill...create clean energy jobs...build new generation of clean and safe power plants."

"Tonight I am proposing 30 billion to help small business. Small business tax credit...[and]tax cuts for all businesses."

"We can put America to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow....We should put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities....rebates for making their homes more energy efficient....investing in factories that manufacture clean energy products...even if you doubt climate change: providing incentives for clean energy is good."

"The only way to move to full employment is to lay a new foundation...passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill to create incentives for business....I have been told that our political system is too gridlocked...How long should we wait, how long should we put the future on hold....countries like China, Germany, India are not waiting to revamp their economy...[they are] making serious investments in clean energy because they need those jobs."

"we need to focus on long term economic growth...Its time to get serious about fixing the problems that are hampering growth...A strong, healthy financial market."

"We need to encourage American innovation...No area is more ripe than energy...batteries...solar panels...build new generation of clean and safe power plants...Passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill...Providing incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency are the right thing to do because the nation that leads in clean energy will lead the global economy."

"We will not continue tax cuts for oil companies."

"Rather than fight the same tired battles...lets try common sense...reform how we work with one another...we can't wage a perpetual campaign...a belief that if you lose I win...obstruct every bill just because they can...Just saying no to everything might be good politics, but it is not leadership...I will not give up on trying to change the tone of our politics."

"Lets show the American people we can do it together...In the end its our ideals and our values that built America."

"I campaigned on the promise of change, change that we can believe in....Democracy can be messy and noisy...The only reason we are here is because generations of Americans...[did] what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive...lets seize this moment...to build our nation anew."
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Next: Obama Renews His Commitments to Clean Energy and Small Business

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