State of the Union! 

I'm starting with the man in the mirror......                   (white house photo)

Are you excited yet? We have excerpts! The blog has been casually canvassing civilians -- non-journalism and political types -- about their television viewing plans for tonight. "Oh. State of the Union?" is the usual response. Frequently followed by a monologue of appreciation about how, unlike when we were younger and there was no cable, now we have choices and options about what we can watch.

Don't worry -- the Examiner newsroom is on the job. Excerpts:

We face big and difficult challenges.  And what the American people hope – what they deserve – is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences; to overcome the numbing weight of our politics.  For while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same.  The aspirations they hold are shared.  A job that pays the bill.  A chance to get ahead.  Most of all, the ability to give their children a better life.

You know what else they share?  They share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity.  After one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids; starting businesses and going back to school.  They are coaching little league and helping their neighbors.  As one woman wrote to me, “We are strained but hopeful, struggling but encouraged.”

It is because of this spirit – this great decency and great strength – that I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight.  Despite our hardships, our union is strong.  We do not give up.  We do not quit.  We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit.  In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength.   And tonight, I’d like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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