5 Things to Know About Obama's State of the Union Speech
In the first State of the Union address of his second term, President Obama covered a lot of ground. The cautious Obama from the campaign trail seems to be gone for good, replaced by the bold Obama that came out at his second inauguration. In fact, Tuesday night's address reiterated many of the progressive goals he laid out in last month’s speech.
Let's start with the most popular topic:
Right from the start, President Obama jumped into a discussion about the economy, taking pride in the signs of recovery –- including six million new jobs, a strengthened auto industry, and stronger housing market. The president stressed the importance of equal pay for women and laid out a priority to bring overseas manufacturing and R&D jobs back to the states. Then, he put forward one of his boldest ideas of the night: raise the minimum wage to $9/hour. According to the White House, this was the most tweeted topic of the night.
why would GOP women stay seated for notion of paying women an equal wage? #sotu terrible— Cheryl Contee (@ch3ryl) February 13, 2013
Raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour is not something I'd ever hear a president say. #SOTU— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 13, 2013
Raising the minimum wage isn't going fix poverty.. Supporting the free market & strengthening small business will #sotu— Bettina Inclan (@BettinaInclan) February 13, 2013
The poor are mostly the working poor and their children. Raising the minimum wage is a moral imperative. #SOTU— imarajones (@imarajones) February 13, 2013
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