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Tags: Barack Obama | SOTU 2015 | obama | state of union | liberal | legacy | economy

Wash Post: Obama, in Speech, Aiming to Cement Liberal Legacy

By    |   Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:39 PM

President Obama's sixth State of the Union address served to punctuate his renewed commitment to a liberal legacy, The Washington Post reported.

In an address Tuesday that celebrated his successes and priorities, he expressed with ease his desire to expand government and advance a host of other domestic agenda items like education, the environment and scientific research, the Post said of his message's progressive tone.

With two years left to cement the way history will perhaps review his accomplishments — and with a GOP-led Congress — the president opened with an honest appraisal of what matters to him. He also bragged a bit about what he sees as his accomplishments.

Said the Post: "The president is still counting on being able to strike a handful of deals with congressional Republicans, who are now firmly in the majority, and he identified trade as one of the most promising areas where they could find common ground. But Obama emphasized that any efforts to roll back his most significant achievements — including on health care, Wall Street reform, immigration and climate change — would meet fierce resistance."

The New York Times described his speech as a "bold call to action, even if no action is likely."

In spite of his emboldened attitude, the president attempted at least to urge some bipartisanship on certain issues, the Times noted.

“If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand,” Obama told the joint meeting of Congress. “If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree. And I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas, I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger.”

While the president focused much of his speech touting an economic recovery, NBC News said that his proposals will most certainly spur debate.

"It's clear," the president said. "Middle class economics works."

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President Obama's sixth State of the Union address served to punctuate his renewed commitment to a liberal legacy, as he expressed with ease his desire to expand government and advance a host of progressive agenda items, The Washington Post reported.
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