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Obama: We Will Move Forward Together Or Not At All

Earlier this evening, the White House press office released a few excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union.

They indicate that Obama is going to remind his audience that if Democrats and Republicans are to get anything done, they need each other since both parties are in position to stalemate each other, neither having complete control of the federal government anymore.

He also sets out the stakes which are nothing less than the nation's future competitiveness in the global economy. Policymakers can't allow petty politics to get in the way of that future, he'll say.

The president will once again talk about this being the nation's Sputnik moment as he has numerous times during his presidency.

It's a reference to the Soviet Union's launch in 1957 of the first satellite to orbit the Earth. It was a moment that shocked Americans and commenced the Space Race, with its emphasis on the teaching of math and science to American students with its tremendous spin-off benefits.

Here are the excerpts:

Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union Address

As Prepared for Delivery-

With their votes, the American people determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

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. It's whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It's whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world. We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children. That's the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we'd beat them to the moon. The science wasn't there yet. NASA didn't even exist.

But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

This is our generation's Sputnik moment.

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Frank James joined NPR News in April 2009 to launch the blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Mark Memmott.