The following is a reformatted version of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress, as prepared for delivery yesterday. The remarks were released in an e-mailed statement by the White House.
It is tempting to hope that the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will serve as a cathartic moment, allowing Americans to turn a page on the worries and errors of the last 10 years without diminishing the successes. But history has no pages.
All contemporary U.S. presidents vacillate between promoting democratic values and human rights around the globe versus protecting security or national interests. Usually, “realpolitik” comes out on top.
President Barack Obama is offering a less-is-more doctrine to explain his foreign policy, a bow to the reality that after five and a half years in office his strategy remains a puzzle to much of the public.
Hillary Clinton has some advice for the next secretary of state on negotiating with Chinese leaders: “You have to be yourself, you have to be America, you have to stand up for American values, interests and security.”
President Barack Obama, setting out the themes that will carry into his re-election campaign, said growing income inequality is damaging to the U.S. economy and leaving millions of Americans feeling that “the basic bargain that made this country great has eroded.”