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Obama lays out go-it-alone approach in State of Union speech

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:55

Jan. 28 - President Barack Obama outlined his strategy for getting around a divided Congress that reflects scaled-back legislative ambitions after a tough year. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S. President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address spoke of what unites the country, while laying out his strategy for getting around a divided Congress -- a plan that reflects scaled-back legislative ambitions after a tough year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "In the coming months, let's see where else we can make progress together. Let's make this a year of action. That's what most Americans want - for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations." He also made it clear that he would bypass lawmakers to get things done. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." He spoke of the growing inequality in the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by - let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all." He pledged to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers with new contracts. He called on Congress to follow suit by raising the minimum wage for all workers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "So join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise." In the foreign policy arena he spoke of ending the war in Afghanistan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role. Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America's longest war will finally be over." The President will now embark on a a two-day road trip starting on Wednesday including stops in Pennsylvania and Tennessee where he will pitch his message directly to the American people.

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Obama lays out go-it-alone approach in State of Union speech

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:55