“Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter. I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.” “Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction.” “It’s not much of a stretch to say that some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber.”
“Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.” “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” “We’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.”
“People of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead — they call us.” “We just need to call them what they are — killers and fanatics who have to be rooted out, hunted down, and destroyed.” "If you doubt America’s commitment — or mine — to see that justice is done, ask Osama bin Laden." "When you come after Americans, we go after you. It may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limit."
“You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere? Recognize that the Cold War is over. Lift the embargo.” “I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo: it’s expensive, it’s unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.” “When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.” “‘We the People.’ Our Constitution begins with those three simple words, words we’ve come to recognize mean all the people, not just some.”
“We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around.”
“I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over — and the business owner who gives him that second chance. The protester determined to prove that justice matters, and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect, doing the brave, quiet work of keeping us safe.”
“That’s the America I know [...] I believe in you. That’s why I stand here confident that the State of our Union is strong.”