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    Washington Gears Up for Obama's Last State of the Union Address

    Washington Gears Up for Obama's Last State of the Union Addressi
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    Michael Bowman
    January 10, 2016 6:55 PM
    Washington is awaiting President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address this week. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the president and congressional Republicans will differ in assessing the last seven years and clash on what the United States needs going forward.
    Michael Bowman

    "America can do anything,” President Barack Obama said Saturday, previewing a theme of his final State of the Union address this week.

    The president and his Republican critics will differ in assessing the past seven years and clash on what the United States needs going forward. Obama sees progress made and a stronger foundation on which to build.

    “Our businesses are now on a 70-month streak of job creation, with more than 14 million new jobs in all,” the president said. “We’ve made historic investments in clean energy and put ourselves on a path to a low-carbon future. We’ve brought more than 17 million Americans into our health care system.”

    Republican criticism

    Republicans have long dismissed Obama’s economic record as underwhelming at best, and will continue to do so.

    “What we really need to hear about is how he [Obama] will unleash the creativity and the drive of the American people,” Senator John Hoeven said Saturday. “As Republicans, we want to empower our great people and country to compete and win.”

    “The president is going to talk about the future and try to paint a rosy picture where one does not exist,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, on ABC’s This Week program. “What we’d love to hear from the president is a real plan to defeat ISIL.”

    Eye on future goals

    White House officials say Obama will do more than trumpet his administration’s accomplishments.

    "He will be talking about the future,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on This Week. “He will be very optimistic. He will be very action-oriented.”

    “He doesn’t want this to be your traditional policy speech that outlines a series of proposals. We’ll have a lot of policy during the course of this year. Rather, he wanted to take a step back and look at the future of this country, the challenges we are going through,” added McDonough, who has been at the president’s side during the crafting of Tuesday’s address.

    The Republican response will be delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, an Indian-American and a rising star in the party many expect will be considered as a potential vice presidential nominee.

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    by: CursingOldGoat from: Pueblo, CO
    January 11, 2016 3:20 PM
    This election is not about progressive vs liberal, or dem. vs rep. It is about taking America back for the people........Right wing left wing all the same bird......Bernie is the only candidate in either party who is not in the pockets of the billionaire/corporate puppet masters.....Enough is enough!

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 11, 2016 1:15 PM
    The US continues to slowly recover from the worldwide economic catastrophe it sowed the seeds of in 1999 and exploded in 2008. The rest of the world is sinking. Despite all of the sellouts by government, industry, a conspiracy of dupes and criminals who sold America out for their own greed and gain, America is coming back, the rest aren't, and in the end, the cream rises to the top and all will be right as it should be.

    Let Russia, the Mideast, and Europe deal with IS. It is their problem far more than it is ours. So long as we remain vigilant and use common sense, (rather rare these days) instead of political correctness, we will be safe. Let the others spend what's left of their miserable economies to save themselves from their own blunders. And NO the US did NOT create al Qaeda or IS or any other Moslem terrorist entity. We gave some stinger missiles to stone age tribes in Afghanistan 35 years ago to shoot down Soviet helicoptors dropping poison gas on them and that is all. Oh yes, we gave Iraq weapons to defend themselves after we got rid of Saddam the Sadist mass murderer and instead they cut and ran abandoning them to IS.

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