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EXCLUSIVE: Obama to Declare ‘The Rules Have Changed’ (Leaked Full Text of Speech Draft)
National Journal ^ | 1/25/2011 | National Journal

Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:51:56 PM by Qbert

National Journal has obtained a draft of the president’s address from a Democratic insider who declined to be identified because the source would be violating the White House‘s embargo.

In the speech draft, Obama declared that the global economy poses new challenges for America. “The rules have changed,” the president says.   Declaring “we do big things…That’s how we win the future,” Obama extolled bipartisanship, compromise and American exceptionalism while offering an agenda aimed at restoring the nation’s economic competitiveness.

Among the proposals Obama offered was tax simplification, eliminating taxpayer subsidies for oil companies and extending wireless coverage to 98 percent of Americans.   Touting unity to a diverse nation, Obama said: “We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.”

Here is the text of the speech draft obtained by National Journal:

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner. And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague – and our friend – Gabby Giffords.

It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation…

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com

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