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Obama’s 2014 State of Union Speech – fact sheet and reactions

Obama's 2014 State of Union Speech - fact sheet and reactions

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Yesterday, 28 January 2014, President Obama’s held his yearly State of the Union Address. Europe was mentioned twice, first in connection to the creation of jobs and support to entrepreneurs, where trade agreements with Europe (and Asia) would give access to new markets. Later in the speech the President underlined the significance of the transatlantic alliance, as being “the strongest the world has ever known”.  In the State of the Union Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All the importance of the Transatlantic trade agreement, TTIP, was restated (together with the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement) for American employment, as was the importance of the Congress in passing bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

In the Republican Address to the Nation, Gov. Mitch Daniels’ address, 28 Jan 2014, pointed at Europe as a negative role model, USA could risk the fate of Europe and  European countries “now facing economic catastrophe”.

Overviews

State of the Union Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All/ White House, 28 Jan 2014
SOTU 2014: Reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union / William A. Galston, Brookings, January 28, 2014

Obama flexes executive power in measured State of Union address / By Amie Parnes and Justin Sink, teh Hill, 01/28/14

Press Analysis

Obama to call for ‘year of action’ / By Richard McGregor, FT.com, January 29, 2014

Obamas Rede zur Lage der Nation : Im Zweifel ohne den Kongress / Patrick Welter, FAZ.net, 29.01.2014
Amerikas Präsident Barack Obama hat in der Rede zur Lage der Nation eine Vielzahl von kleineren Maßnahmen vorgestellt, um am Kongress vorbei Aktivität zeigen zu können. Chancen

Etats-Unis : Obama détaille sa lutte contre les inégalités / Le Monde.fr avec AFP, 29.01.2014

In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows to Act Alone on the Economy / By Peter Baker, New York Times, Jan. 28, 2014
Obama Sets Defiant Tone in State of the Union

In State of the Union, Obama vows to expand opportunity, with or without Congress / By David Nakamura and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post, 28 Jan 2014

China no longer world’s No 1 place to invest, Obama says in sweeping speech / South China Morning Post, 29 January, 2014,

Stakeholder views

Republican Address to the Nation Following is the full text of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ address, 28 Jan 2014
“In our economic stagnation and indebtedness, we are only a short distance behind Greece, Spain, and other European countries now facing economic catastrophe. But ours is a fortunate land. Because the world uses our dollar for trade, we have a short grace period to deal with our dangers. But time is running out, if we are to avoid the fate of Europe, and those once-great nations of history that fell from the position of world leadership”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the president’s State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014
“With few bipartisan proposals, Americans heard a president more interested in advancing ideology than in solving the problems regular folks are talking about”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address, January 28, 2014
“Tonight, President Obama said, “we live in a world of complex threats.” I could not agree more. Our role in the global economy and as a stalwart of freedom requires strong American leadership that delivers the benefits of growth and security to American families. Yet, the President’s policies around the world shake the confidence of our partners, and strengthen the conviction of our enemies”

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement tonight after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress, January 28, 2014
“His pledge of a year of action must be met with a firm promise of partnership in Congress. House Democrats stand ready to do our part”

Senate majority leader Reid Statement On President Obama’s State Of The Union Address, January 28, 2014

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