The 2015 State of the Union Recapped In 24 Obama Quotes

January 20, 2015

10:29 pm

President Barack Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union address that covered a number of topics with themes based in optimism, resilience, rebuilding, bedrock values, and creating change. He started with the story about an American named Rebekah from Minnesota, noting her family’s  struggles and resilience. Here’s a quick overview, via quotes taken from several of the topics President Obama covered, that includes mentions of entrepreneurship, Instagram and even drones.

Economy

“After a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.”

Jobs

“Over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.”

Natural Resources

“America is number one in wind power.”

Health Care

“And in the past year alone, about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.”

Child Care

“It’s not a nice-to-have—it’s a must-have. It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”

Women’s Rights

“This Congress…needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It’s 2015.”

Minimum Wage

“And to everyone in this Congress…vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”

Education

“We need to lower the cost of community college – to zero.”

Hire A Veteran

“As a new generation of veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream they helped defend.”

Trade Deals

“I’m asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but fair.”

Medicine

“I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.”

Internet

“I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.”

Space Exploration

“Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars. In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain — and make sure to Instagram it.”

Taxes

“We need a tax code that truly helps working Americans trying to get a leg up in the new economy, and we can achieve that together.”

Terrorism

“And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.”

Cybersecurity

“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids.”

Foreign Policy

” And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo [on Cuba].”

Climate Change

“2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record…The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”

Values

“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. “

Gay Marriage

“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.”

Bipartisanship

“If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments — but let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.”

Presidency

“I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I won both of them.”

In closing

“My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol — to do what I believe is best for America.”

Final Thoughts

“A brighter future is ours to write. Let’s begin this new chapter — together — and let’s start the work right now.”

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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