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State of the Union Address (2013)
video : Our unfinished task (2'55) + transcript
“OUR UNFINISHED TASK”
So, together, we have cleared away the rubble of the crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.
But, but we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded.
Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment.
Corporate profits have skyrocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.
The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue.
But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party.
They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.
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