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Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address
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Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

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Washington stands side-by-side with victims of terror around the world, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday, just one of the subject broached during the the annual State of the Union address
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
US President Barack Obama shakes hands after delivering the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN
US President Barack Obama shakes hands after delivering the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN
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Washington stands side-by-side with victims of terror around the world, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday, just one of the subject broached during the the annual State of the Union address.

To run through everything Obama covered in his speech would make for an extremely long article. Therefore below are key quotes from US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday:

Economy

Turning the page

"We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many. But tonight, we turn the page."

Economy for the few or the many?

"Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?"

Clear verdict

"So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way."

Foreign policy

No new sanctions on Iran

"New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again."

United from Pakistan to Paris

"We stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists -– from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris."

"We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we’ve done relentlessly since I took office, to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies."

New Cuba approach

"When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new."

"Our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere; removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba; stands up for democratic values; and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people."

Fighting IS militants

"This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed."

No bullies allowed

"We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small -– by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy and reassuring our NATO allies."

Guantanamo

Shut it down

"It makes no sense to spend three million dollars per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit (...) I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It’s not who we are."

Obama's full address online

US President Obama's full State of the Union address is available online. Read it here

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