President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address. In his 73-minute speech, he spoke on a range of issues, including US-China relations, the US economy, the Ukraine war, police brutality and employment. Here are the top quotes.
President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol. (Image: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: United States President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address, the first time he gave the historic speech before a divided Congress after Republicans clinched control of the US House in November’s midterm elections.
In his 73-minute speech, which is seen as a blueprint for his 2024 re-election bid, the President spoke on a range of issues, including medicare, police brutality, the US economy, the Ukraine war, US-China relations and employment.
In his speech, Joe Biden also called on Democrats and Republicans to work together to help him “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation.
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Here are the top quotes from Biden’s State of the Union speech.
Joe Biden commenced his address by saying, “The story of America is a story of progress and resilienceâ€¦ We are the only country that has emerged from every crisis stronger than when we entered it. That is what we are doing again.”
“Today, Covid no longer controls our lives. And two years ago, our democracy faced its greatest threat since the Civil War. Today, though bruised, our democracy remains unbowed and unbroken,” he added.
Biden cited progress in a post-pandemic economy and stressed that a bitterly divided Congress could overcome its differences.
“We’re often told that Democrats and Republicans can’t work together. But over the past two years, we proved the cynics and the naysayers wrong,” said Biden, a Democrat. “To my Republican friends, if we could work together in the last Congress, there is no reason we can’t work together and find consensus on important things in this Congress as well,” he said.
Biden further added, “And that’s always been my vision for the country: to restore the soul of the nation, to rebuild the backbone of America: the middle class, to unite the country. We’ve been sent here to finish the job!”
Since his inauguration in 2021, shortly after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Biden has said he wants to unify the country. And he stuck to that theme, highlighting a massive infrastructure bill that many Republican lawmakers had opposed.
“I sincerely thank my Republican friends who voted for the law,” Biden said.
“And to my Republican friends who voted against it but still ask to fund projects in their districts, don’t worry. I promised to be the president for all Americans. We’ll fund your projects. And I’ll see you at the ground-breaking,” he added, drawing laughter and applause.
Biden hailed the resilience and strength of the US economy, with unemployment having dropped to a nearly 54-year low in January.
“Two years ago our economy was reeling. As I stand here tonight, we have created a record 12 million new jobs – more jobs created in two years than any president has ever created in four years. Two years ago, Covid had shut down our businesses, closed our schools, and robbed us of so much.”
“My economic plan is about investing in places and people that have been forgotten. Amid the economic upheaval of the past four decades, too many people have been left behind or treated like they’re invisible.”
Lashing out at big pharmas, the president said, “Every day, millions need insulin to control their diabetes so they can stay alive. Insulin has been around for 100 years. It costs drug companies just $10 a vial to make. But, Big Pharma has been unfairly charging people hundreds of dollars – and making record profits. Not anymore…Let’s cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month for every American who needs it.”
“Big corporations aren’t just taking advantage of the tax code. They’re taking advantage of you, the American consumer,” Biden said.
Following the death of Tyre Nichols due to police brutality, Biden talked about the neighbourhoods that should be free of violence. He said, “There are no words to describe the heartbreak and grief of losing a child.”
“We all want the same thing. Neighborhoods free of violence. Law enforcement who earn the community’s trust. Our children to come home safely,” Biden said.
He said, “Equal protection under the law; that’s the covenant we have with each other in America…I know most cops are good, decent people. They risk their lives every time they put on that shield. But what happened to Tyre in Memphis happens too often. We have to do better.”
Addressing the Russia-Ukraine war issue, the US President said, “We united NATO and built a global coalition. We stood against (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s aggression. We stood with the Ukrainian people.”
“Tonight, we are once again joined by Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States. She represents not just her nation, but the courage of her people. Ambassador, America is united in our support for your country. We will stand with you as long as it takes,” Biden said.
Days after the US shot down a Chinese ‘spy’ balloon, President Biden said, “The US would cooperate with China where it can, but protect its sovereignty as we made clear last week.”
“Make no mistake: As we made clear last week, if China’s threatens our sovereignty, we will act to protect our country,” Biden said. “And we did.”
During his address, Joe Biden announced a new standard requiring all construction material used in federal projects to be ‘Made in America’.
“Lumber, glass, drywall, fiber optic cable. And on my watch, American roads, bridges, and American highways will be made with American products as well,” Joe Biden said.
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