U.S. President Barack Obama touched on everything from the economy to foreign policy in his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, hailing the economic recovery, announcing tax reforms targeting the wealthiest 1 percent of American earners and touching on the deadly attacks in Paris by Islamist extremists.
Obama asked the Republican-controlled Congress to support the ongoing U.S.-led airstrike campaign against ISIS, or the Islamic State group, which has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria in the past year. “At this moment -- with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry and booming energy production -- we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth," the president said. "It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come.”
Obama also referenced the victims of the deadly attacks in Paris against the staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., held up a yellow pencil, which has become a symbol of free speech since the Jan. 7 shooting, during a moment of silence.
With unemployment having dipped to its lowest level since the president took office -- 5.8 percent -- the dominant theme of Obama’s speech was a recovering economy. He promoted his plan to make the first two years of community college free for millions of students. "At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years," Obama said.
Below is a word cloud of the president’s SOTU address. Among the words spoken most by the president were "economy," "jobs" and "America."