Live Blogging of 2012 State of the Union Address
9:18: President Obama welcomes home the last troops to serve in Iraq. “This generation of heroes” has made this generation “safer and more respected around the world”
9:19: “For the first time in 2 decades Osama Bin Laden is not a threat to this country.”
9:21 Obama maps out a highly educated, technologically advanced and economically sound future of the U.S.
9:22 “No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important” than the American dream beginning to crumble.
9:23-9:24 Obama recognizes the demographic of Americans who fell victim to the economic downturn and the banks that reaped the benefits.
9:25 Business have created more than 3 million jobs in the last 22 months. Last year they created the most jobs since 2005
9:26 Obama demands to hold Wall Street accountable for the economic crisis
9:27 “Tonight I want to speak about how we move forward.”
9:28 General Motors has now become the world’s #1 automaker. “Tonight, the American auto industry is back.”
9:30 Obama says to business leaders: “Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country.”
9:31 Obama: No american company should be able to avoid paying taxes for going overseas
9:32 Obama: Start rewarding companies that make jobs in the U.S.
9:32 On track to double our exports