SOTU Rewind: Comparing Obama’s Speeches Through The Years

By Sheryl Huggins Salomon

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 28, 2014. ( LARRY DOWNING/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6:03 p.m. EST – What tone will President Barack Obama (pictured) set for his seventh year in office when he addresses a joint session of Congress Tuesday in his annual State of the Union address? This year he faces a Congress that is completely controlled by Republicans and likely — at least on the surface — to be even less receptive to his plans than usual. He is expected to outline plans for raising the capital gains tax rate, making two years of community college free for many young Americans, and increasing paid leave for workers.

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As we look to the President to tell us how our nation is doing and what he proposes to lead it forward, it’s worth investigating what he has told us in past years — and how those words have held up. Reading the speeches reminds one that first and foremost, this is an address to Congress — and their cooperation is required to make good on many of the goals the President sets.

Here, NewsOne selects highlights from each year (see the full transcript of each speech by clicking on the year).

2014: “America does not stand still – and neither will I.”

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