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Obama's State of the Union Address, 2014

January 28, 2014
President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening. Always a wide ranging speech, this year the President touched on everything from the minimum wage to the war in Afghanistan. Here are some vocabulary words from the speech and a link to the transcript. The advantage to reading the speech as opposed to watching it is that on paper there are no interruptions for applause/booing!
entrepreneur
An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.
efficient
An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.
wean
An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.
rural
A rural doctor gave a young child the first prescription to treat asthma that his mother could afford.
rebound
A rebounding housing market.
sector
A manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s.
deficit
Our deficits – cut by more than half.
hinder
The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress.
rancorous
For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government.
federal
For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government.
compromise
But the budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises.
aspiration
That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.
profound
And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.
profit
Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better.
budge
But average wages have barely budged.
mobility
Upward mobility has stalled.
concrete
But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.
eager
Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.
obesity
Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in thirty years – an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.
alliance
The Joining Forces alliance that Michelle and Jill Biden launched has already encouraged employers to hire or train nearly 400,000 veterans and military spouses.
summit
Taking a page from that playbook, the White House just organized a College Opportunity Summit where already, 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofits have made concrete commitments to reduce inequality in access to higher education – and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus.
legislature
Across the country, we’re partnering with mayors, governors, and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality.
stale
The point is, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments, and are moving this country forward.
ethic
They believe, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams.
scope
They believe, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams.
incentive
Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.
transition
Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.
commute
Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.
gravitate
Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.
infrastructure
Moreover, we can take the money we save with this transition to tax reform to create jobs rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes – because in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.
bureaucracy
But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.
streamline
But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.
bipartisan
Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create.
patent
And let’s pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly, needless litigation.
litigation
And let’s pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly, needless litigation.
sustain
My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities.
pristine
And while we’re at it, I’ll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.
efficiency
When we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars.
urgency
But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.
stable
And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.
apprenticeship
That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.
trajectory
That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.
steadily
She’d been steadily employed since she was a teenager.
dependent
“I am not dependent on the government…Our country depends on people like us who build careers, contribute to society…care about our neighbors…I am confident that in time I will find a job…I will pay my taxes, and we will raise our children in their own home in the community we love. Please give us this chance.”
expectation
Race to the Top, with the help of governors from both parties, has helped states raise expectations and performance.
stride
Teachers and principals in schools from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. are making big strides in preparing students with skills for the new economy – problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math.
curriculum
It requires everything from more challenging curriculums and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test.
coalition
And as Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.
philanthropist
And as Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K they need.
initiative
And I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.

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Wednesday January 29th, 11:46 AM
Comment by: rachel M.
i think that is a good idea Obama this is Rachel Mathews
Monday February 24th, 7:07 AM
Comment by: Mr. Goyal (India)
it is good to see obama exhorting the chamber and the country men to rally behind him for a common cause--to make the economy lively and jumping for those Americans who are suffering the onslaught of cut in jobs.
Thursday February 27th, 11:37 AM
Comment by: LJOnDaTrack (FL)
so many vocabulary words! *heavy sigh*
Friday February 28th, 8:38 AM
Comment by: Mrs. Nelson (FL)
LJ "so many words and so much to gain"!!!
Friday March 21st, 12:23 PM
Comment by: Damaris L. (FL)
lol @LJ

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