President Obama in his third State of the Union address made Tuesday a pitch for economic fairness in America, outlining a plan that painted a stark contrast between his vision for America’s future with those of many Republicans sitting before him and those running for president.
Speaking before a joint session of the bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama described America as he hopes to see it become. “Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded,” he said.
Keeping America’s “promise alive,” Mr. Obama said, is “the defining issue of our time.”