Key quotes from Obama’s State of the Union address

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US President Barack Obama speaks during the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. PHOTO| BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

In Summary

  • “When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.”
  • “So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”The following are key quotes from US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday:ECONOMY

    Turning the page

    “We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many. But tonight, we turn the page.”

     

    Economy for the few or the many?

    “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?”

     

    Clear verdict

    “So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”

    FOREIGN POLICY

    No new sanctions on Iran

    “New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails — alienating America from its allies and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again.”

     

    United from Pakistan to Paris

    “We stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists — from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris.”

    “We will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we’ve done relentlessly since I took office, to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.”

     

    New Cuba approach

    “When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.”

    “Our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere; removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba; stands up for democratic values; and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.”

     

    Fighting IS militants

    “This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed.”

     

  • Source:AFP