President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address


by Jason Howerton, The Blaze  |  published on February 14, 2013

Promising to create new jobs without increasing the federal deficit, President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a “smarter government” not a bigger one to help revive a “rising thriving middle class” during his State of the Union address.

In his first State of the Union address since winning re-election, Obama made good on his promise to make climate change more of a priority in his second term and called on Congress to do more to invest in clean energy combat global warming.

“[F]or the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change,” he said. “Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and more intense.”

“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence,” he continued. “Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

If Congress refuses to act “soon,” the president said he was prepared to go around lawmakers and act through executive orders to “reduce pollution, repair our communities from the consequences of climate change and speed the transition to more sustainable forms of energy.”

Gun control was a key theme in Obama’s State of the Union address. He invoked the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre and 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton to make his case for new gun laws.

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