MANILA, Philippines – US President Barack Obama vowed to reverse a tide of economic inequality threatening the American dream Tuesday, January 28 (Wednesday, January 29 in Manila), seeking to outflank rival Republicans and revive his stumbling second term.
In his annual State of the Union address, Obama vowed to use his executive powers to lift up workers, improve education and clean the environment if his foes in Congress balk at more sweeping action.
While focusing squarely on a domestic audience, Obama strayed into foreign policy only briefly.
But mostly Obama mined a political seam that has proven rich in the past, billing himself as the champion of middle class families fighting to overcome the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Here is a replay of the State of the Union, courtesy of the White House.
On the other hand, here is the response of the Republican Party to the State of the Union address, delivered in English by Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) and in Spanish by Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27).
– With reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com