President Barack Obama

8:56pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Politics

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address 2012

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 7:13 pm

The text of President Obama's State of the Union address, as delivered:

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought – and several thousand gave their lives.

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8:44pm

Tue January 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Analysis: On U.S. Military Missions, Carefully Chosen Words

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 8:37 pm

President Obama opened and closed his speech with a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, holding out their "team" approach as an example for the rest of U.S. society. "At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down," he said, "they exceed all expectations. They're not consumed with personal ambition. They don't obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand."

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8:28pm

Tue January 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Analysis: A New Initiative To Help Homeowners, But Can It Fly?

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 7:49 pm

The president just announced a new initiative to help homeowners save money by refinancing their mortgages:

"Responsible homeowners shouldn't have to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom to get some relief.

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8:28pm

Tue January 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Analysis: New Team To Probe Mortgage, Banking Fraud

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 8:16 pm

The president has announced a new special investigations unit to dig into fraud and wrongdoing in the mortgage and banking system in the run-up to the financial crisis and housing market collapse:

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8:28pm

Tue January 24, 2012
It's All Politics

Analysis: Landmark Health Overhaul Gets Barely A Mention

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 8:16 pm

When it came to health, what was most surprising was how little President Obama had to say in his State of the Union address. His landmark 2010 health overhaul — whose fate is currently before the Supreme Court and whose repeal is the top priority for every GOP presidential candidate — got barely a passing mention.

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