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State of the Union Address and Republican Response: February 12, 2013

State of the Union Address and Republican Response: February 12, 2013

State of the Union address and Republican response: February 12, 2013

Just three weeks after delivering his inaugural address, President Barack Obama stood before a joint session of Congress on February 12, 2013, to give the first State of the Union of his second term. The president's address was less idealistic and more of a task list when compared to the speech he delivered during his inauguration. Topping Obama's second term “to-do” list were domestic priorities like reinvigorating the economy, creating a world-class education system, and growing the middle class. The latter was a key tenet of Obama's speech, and was included in his 2011 address and his 2012 campaign speeches. While the country could ...

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