Obama’s State of the Union Address–We will stand steadfast with Israel


US president’s State of Union address dominated by domestic issues, yet he also comments on upcoming visit to Middle East, expressing support for Jewish state and vowing to ‘do what is necessary to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon’

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The economic crisis and the serious political disputed on Capitol Hill were at the focus of US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress’ two chambers on Tuesday, yet he did address the situation in the Middle East as well, stating that his country “We will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.”

His remarks received a standing ovation from both Democratic and Republican representatives.

Obama also promised to deal with the Iranian threat, saying: “We will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon.”

The hour-long speech was dominated by domestic issues, as Obama challenged deeply divided lawmakers to find compromises that would boost job creation and strengthen America’s middle class. He conceded America’s economic revival is an “unfinished task.”

The annual address is one of the biggest events in Washington. It is broadcast during prime evening viewing hours by the major television networks, with Washington’s most powerful officials – lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, military leaders and Cabinet members – all in attendance and millions of Americans watching from home.

This year’s speech came at one of the strongest points in Obama’s presidency. He won reelection by a convincing margin, is generally popular, and opposition Republicans appear weakened and fractured. Still, Republicans control the House of Representatives and tough fights loom on the budget and other top issues.

‘I’ll travel to Middle East next month’

Foreign policy received less attention, but took on greater urgency as the speech came hours after North Korea detonated a nuclear device. Obama said “provocations” like the test will further isolate North Korea “as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.”

Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon.

“At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.”

Obama vowed to remain involved in global issues. “In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy.

“The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people.”

He went on to address his upcoming visit to the Middle East. “We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month.”

As far as Americans are concerned, one of the most important issues is the war in Afghanistan, which Obama opened his speech with.

“Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al-Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations.”

He also said he would bring home within a year about half of the 66,000 US troops now in Afghanistan, shrinking the force to the size he found it when he entered the White House vowing to reinvigorate a stalemated war.

More will leave the battlefield in 2014, he said, but he did not spell out what US military presence would remain after 2014, when the US-led combat mission is scheduled to end. The stated goal is to prepare Afghanistan’s army and police to handle the Taliban insurgency largely on their own by then.

Economic fairness for middle class

Stressing the economic issue, Obama challenged the divided Congress to raise the minimum wage and make government work for “the many,” focusing on economic fairness for the middle class.

Obama vowed to turn much of his attention toward economic troubles like the 7.9% unemployment rate, an issue that dogged his first four years as president.

While he offered few concessions to Republican demands for spending cuts, Obama backed higher taxes for the wealthy and a $50 billion spending plan to create jobs by rebuilding degraded roads and bridges.

In the most emotional moment of the hour-long speech, Obama urged Congress to ban assault weapons and take other gun control measures. Victims of recent shootings like the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, looked on, some choking back tears.

But the central emphasis of his speech was to “build new ladders of opportunity” for the middle class.

“It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few,” Obama told hundreds of lawmakers, Cabinet officials and dignitaries gathered before him in the well of the House of Representatives.

His address to a joint session of Congress came in the midst of yet another bitter battle with Republicans over taxes and spending, and this tussle cast a heavy shadow over his appearance.

Gun regulations

Creating an emotional ending to his speech, Obama called on Congress to vote on measures to expand background checks, prevent gun trafficking, ban assault weapons and limit the size of magazines, saying victims deserved to have their elected officials vote on the proposals.

“They deserve a vote,” Obama said, calling out the names of communities scarred by massacres, Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, Tucson, Blacksburg. “They deserve a vote.”

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been trying to build public support for gun control after 20 children were shot in their school in Newtown, a day Obama has described as the worst of his presidency.

But they face an uphill battle against a powerful pro-gun lobby and a strong US tradition of hunting and gun ownership. The right to bear arms is guaranteed to Americans in the US Constitution.

Obama urged lawmakers to approve over the next few months an overhaul of immigration laws to permit a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million illegal immigrants. Republicans who saw Hispanics overwhelmingly vote for Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney last November are more open to new immigration rules but want stronger border security first.

In a nod to Republican worries over what they see as out-of-control government spending on entitlement programs for the elderly and poor, Obama said he would back efforts to reduce healthcare spending by the same amount over a decade as proposed by a bipartisan commission whose recommendations he had rejected.

Saying the 12 hottest years on record have taken place in the last 15, Obama vowed to take action to confront climate change through presidential executive orders unless Congress enacts legislation.

  1. #1 by owainglyndwr1416 on 02/13/2013 - 5:04 pm

    Today is the 13th Feb.. Today is the anniversary of the Dresden Holocaust where up to 500.000 mostly women and children were slaughtered in the Zionist planned population control of Germany that picked up speed from 1943 on-wards.. Since 1945 and the ghastly take over of Palestine by Bolshevik Jews, we have been forced to witness the disgusting sucking up by Western powers to those genocidal freaks with the exception of JFK who was murdered because he refused to bow to their demands.. This is all going to end badly. Those murderous Bolsheviks have already threatened to Nuke Europe if Israel is threatened and those threats should really be taken seriously. Sooner or later the Arab World will be forced to rise up and we have already witnessed disharmony in Bahrain and even the Turkish don’t trust the NATO powers. If WWII was Hell on Earth what will WWIII look like ? This whole mess is depressing.. I have a message for my Muslim brothers and sisters “You are NOT to blame !

  2. #2 by majwilliammartin on 02/13/2013 - 5:53 pm

    Jewish Idiot (Mike Huckabee also wants Obama to release Johnathan Pollard the Israeli SPY as another sign that American’s are willing to take it up the tailpipe for Israel who gains Military secrets and then sells them to America’s enemies.

    Atta Boy!

  3. #3 by Dante Ardenz on 02/13/2013 - 6:05 pm

    Thank You Owainglyndwr1416 for remembering Dresden.Remember,the Allies never kill the innocent,and the people there deserved that.The Jews told them so,and that is true.The drill with the Jew is always the same.But the brain washed ‘Goyem’ (herd) cannot see.They willingly obey,conscious and unconscious.Left/right/indifferent.They live in a world of hypocrisy ,simple visions,and following.They are never lied to by there religion,precious cable TV,chosen politicians,or government in war.Only the ‘bad guys’they are told to hate do that.Kaiser Wilhelm,Adolf Hitler,Stalin(after 1947 0f course,he was Uncle Joe before that) Arafat,the leaders of Iran,Syria,Chavez.

  4. #4 by Matthew/Boston on 02/13/2013 - 7:49 pm

    “…they [Iran] meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon.”

    What obligations? Is it me or has King Obama continually been vague on this all along? Didn’t sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies all indicate Iran is NOT working on nuclear weapons? Aren’t they under IAEA inspection? Don’t they have a legal right under international law to enrich uranium for ppower production and medical needs?

    “…we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy.” “…but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people.”

    Er…Mr. President…aren’t you killing innocent men and women and children with drones? Where are their rights?

    “Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self.”

    This is a confusing statement, Mr. President. Israel seems as strong as ever, as does their influence in Washington, DC.

    And half of America buys the bullshit that comes out of King Obama’s mouth. You’re not my president, Barry.

  5. #6 by owainglyndwr1416 on 02/13/2013 - 10:15 pm

    @Ben Allen The Passports used in the Bulgarian Bus Bombing were real just like the serial numbers on the Passports used to assassinate Mabhouh were also genuine.. Makes you wonder who planted the ID’s on Sept 11 2001.. I see a pattern.

  6. #7 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on 02/13/2013 - 10:28 pm

    MatthewBoston, I applaud you in your comments! What more need be said? Indeed we are looking at ‘King Obama’ the Jewish sideshow puppet and willing dupes such as Huckster Huckabee, Sissy ‘Senator’ Lindsey Graham Traitor McCain ad nauseum. The State of the Union is a Jewish dominated freak show. And no he’s not our President.

  7. #8 by amerikagulag on 02/13/2013 - 10:55 pm

    all fluff and blather – he also said something about ‘re-igniting the true american engine’… whatever that means. Unfortunately for him (and us), the engine block has been sold to China, the pistons and rings and connecting rods to Mexico and Pakistan, the transmission is re-fitted in a tank in Afghanstan, the gas tank has been donated to Israel and the mechanics are all retired.

    Your ‘true american engine’ won’t be running any time soon Mr. O’Bomb’em. But then that was always your masters’ plan. You’re just following orders. We know.

  8. #9 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 02/13/2013 - 11:04 pm

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  9. #10 by Karen E. Hetherington on 02/13/2013 - 11:44 pm

    He has lied to us from the beginning. How can the American people trust this paid off puppet? Everything he says is a lie. Americans still are not getting it that he is controlled and “owned” by the Jewish banksters. He is an arrogant traitor and I cannot wait until he is out of office.

    Obama and Michelle’s net wealth increased 10 fold since his taking office and the rest of us Americans have to worry about every ‘dollar’. The writer of this article stated that Obama is ‘popular’. Saying he is popular is a misnomer if you are talking to an audience of people who do not know what to look for in a LEADER. Most Americans have never lived abroad so they do not know what to expect. They have no comparison.

    Obama has not even proven to be a natural born citizen, he thrashes the Constitution after taking an Oath to protect and defend it, the welfare rollls have doubled. and immigration is out of control.
    Pathetic- people and children are dying every day in the Middle East, his stance on abortion is atrocious but that is okay with the American people. Well, in the end we will get what we deserve and it will not be pretty.

  10. #11 by isaac on 02/14/2013 - 12:40 am

    Why don’t the government start the spending cuts in the military? Bring our troops back home and invest those trillions back into the economy. That will be the only way to save this country from an economic collapse. These idiots are doing nothing but destroying this country by blindly obeying the dictates of Israel. These idiots do not hide it any more, they openly say that they are committed to Israel security. What the hell do we care about Israel?

  11. #12 by Ingrid B on 02/14/2013 - 3:47 am

    everyone should stand united in insisting that the parasitic entity be forced to comply to the same inspections, and controls, as the Iranians.. I suppose the parasites can deny accusations, their “state” is pretty much a bastion, behind which they can pretty much do as they please..

    saw a laughable headline on Press TV, to the effect that the UN is concerned about the welfare of Palestinian prisoners.. since when has the UN been concerned about the welfare of victims of jewish supremacy? probably lead up to the “peace talks” proposals..

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