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State of the Union: 'What comes of this moment is up to us'

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Tucson and job creation focus of speech

By BVN Staff –

President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address to a packed room of congress people, media, and a TV audience in the millions.

During his speech, the tragedy in Tucson was at the top in the State of the Union – a symbol of President Obama’s call for more civility and less partisanship in politics.

“It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

“But there’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.

“We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.”

He implored congress during his speech to work together in that unity for the betterment of the nation. “Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us.

What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.”

He also highlighted the need for job creation. “At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else.”

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