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Obama's 2011 State of the Union address

January 25, 2011
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
roofer
After September 11th, they volunteered their best roofers to help repair the Pentagon.
top-down
You see, we know what’s possible for our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.
bulldoze
If the central government wants a railroad, they get a railroad – no matter how many homes are bulldozed.
one percent
For less than one percent of what we spend on education each year, it has led over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning.
Arabian Peninsula
And we have sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: we will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you.
research lab
And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.
highway system
America is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system.
information age
We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports.
research facility
Just recently, China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.
information technology
We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.
revitalizing
Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges.
naysayer
Remember – for all the hits we’ve taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world.
biomedical
We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.
interstate highway
America is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system.
innovate
We need to out- innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.
construction industry
Over the last two years, we have begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry.
firefighter
It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.
federal office
We’re selling acres of federal office space that hasn’t been used in years, and we will cut through red tape to get rid of more.
stand pat
Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat.
launching pad
Our purpose is clear – by preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe-haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
stranglehold
Our purpose is clear – by preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe-haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
undocumented
Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents.
crystal clear
The bipartisan Fiscal Commission I created last year made this crystal clear.
biotechnology
And she told me she’s earning her degree in biotechnology now, at 55 years old, not just because the furniture jobs are gone, but because she wants to inspire her children to pursue their dreams too.
train station
They came from businesses that opened near a town’s new train station or the new off-ramp.
medical record
Veterans can now download their electronic medical records with a click of the mouse.
supercomputer
At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities.
revitalized
With our European allies, we revitalized NATO, and increased our cooperation on everything from counter-terrorism to missile defense.
ROTC
And with that change, I call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the ROTC.
cutting-edge
But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need.
revitalize
Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges.
enshrine
We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution.
public debate
Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.
uninsured
As we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their parents’ coverage.
handheld
It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.
around the clock
And so he designed a rescue that would come to be known as Plan B. His employees worked around the clock to manufacture the necessary drilling equipment.
community college
Because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today’s fast-changing economy, we are also revitalizing America’s community colleges.
launch pad
Our purpose is clear – by preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe-haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
storefront
I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets.
prescription drug
As we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their parents’ coverage.
saltwater
Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater.
commonsense
But I will not hesitate to create or enforce commonsense safeguards to protect the American people.
pre-existing
What I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
quality of life
By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer.
underway
As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.
American Dream
Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat.
elected official
Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online.
fly high
It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.
consequential
Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.
reset
We have reset our relationship with Russia, strengthened Asian alliances, and built new partnerships with nations like India.

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