‘Win The Future’: President Obama’s State Of The Union

1||January 25, 2011: President Obama delivers his second State of the Union address before Congress, emphasizing the changes necessary to enable America to “win the future,” a theme repeated multiple times throughout the speech. ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

2||Obama referenced the recent shootings in Tucson in his speech: “Amid all the noise and passion and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater – something more consequential than party or political preference.”||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

3||Seated in the front row, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp Jr.||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

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5||”Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again,” Obama said.
But “these steps we’ve taken over the last two years may have broken the back of this recession – but to win the future, we’ll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making.”||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

6||Seated together in the middle, from left, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

7||From left: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA). ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

8||Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

9||From left: Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

10||One of the ways to “win the future,” Obama said, is through innovation. When the Soviet Union beat America into space with the launch of Sputnik, “we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t even there yet. NASA didn’t exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets, we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.” He added: “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

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12||From left: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). ||Newscom/UPI&&

13||From left: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.||Newscom/UPI&&

14||From left: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA). ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

15||About illegal immigration, Obama said “we should take [it] on, once and for all.” He continued: “I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult I know it will take time. But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort.”||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

16||”America has been the story of ordinary people who dared to dream. That’s how we win the future,” Obama concluded.||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

17||After the speech, Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) greet Attorney General Eric Holder.||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

18||Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and the President.||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&

19||Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Obama.||Newscom/UPI&&

20||President Obama greets Chief Justice John Roberts. ||Newscom/KRT&&

21||House Speaker John Boehner bangs his gavel to mark the end of the State Of The Union. ||Jeff Malet/www.maletphoto.com&&