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Restoring Opportunity

“The President discusses the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.”




Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
February 1, 2014

Hi, everybody.

This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version.

After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year.

But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by.  And too many still aren’t working at all.

Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

The opportunity agenda I laid out on Tuesday has four parts. This week, I took them on the road.

Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy.

In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs.

In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.

And with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, and retail workers in Maryland, I laid out part four: making sure hard work pays off for men and women, with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health insurance that’s there for you when you need it.

These ideas will strengthen the middle class and help more people work their way into the middle class.  Some of them will require Congress.  But wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families on my own, I will.  I’m going to ask business leaders, education leaders, and philanthropic leaders to partner with us to advance these goals.

And every single day, I’m going to fight for these priorities – to shift the odds back in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, and to keep America a place where you can always make it if you try.

Thanks.  Have a great weekend.  And enjoy the Super Bowl.



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4 Comments for President Barack Obama's Weekly Address: Restoring Opportunity
  1. Todd Wimett says:

    Most will misuse any aid they’re given. That’s why there in a predicament to begin with. They’re just not capable…
    Use the funds to improve our schools and pay our teachers what they are worth… Allow the schools to separate the smarter / gifted children so they can excel and not be held back by the children that are not capable or that can’t behave in school. Our school systems have become free daycare for many children who have no direction or little or no support at home. The teachers are blamed for the children’s behavior and poor grades. Giving to these non supportive families will help some but most will misuse the help! They’re not capable. A better life for our kids starts at home. Money doesn’t by manners and respect.

  2. And how is this going to happen when people are being FORCED into Obamacare with their fees increasing anywhere upwards to $500 a month on top of the price they were paying before. Sounds like more poverty and hungry people out there to me!!!!

  3. Eric Greedy says:

    And he is a psychopathic liar….. Your point?

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