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Barack Obama State of the Union Highlights: 10 Quotes From Speeches

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President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address January 27, 2010 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 05:00 PM

The State of the Union addresses delivered by Barack Obama centered on a changing world and a nation dealing with economic upheavals.

These 10 quotes show how Obama dealt with the issues of the time.

Obama spoke of the attempts made at financial recovery in the address of January 27, 2010.

1. “So I supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program. And when we took that program over, we made it more transparent and more accountable. And as a result, the markets are now stabilized, and we've recovered most of the money we spent on the banks. Most but not all.”

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2. “Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted – immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.”

3. “But the devastation remains. One in 10 Americans still cannot find work. Many businesses have shuttered. Home values have declined.”

Obama experienced a takeover by House Republicans in the November 2010 mid-term election before his January 25, 2011, address.

4. “At stake right now is not who wins the next election. After all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country or somewhere else.”

5. “So yes, the world is changed. The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn't discourage us. It should challenge us. Remember, for all the hits we've taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world.”

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6. “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon.”

7. “This is our generation's Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven't seen since the height of the space race. And in a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We'll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology, an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.”

Obama made it clear he wanted to protect the Affordable Care Act in the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015.

8. “We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores, that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars, that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.”

9. “But tonight we turn the page. Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis.”

10. “We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got to fix a broken system. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it.”

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