February 12, 2013
Here is a full transcript of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address as delivered. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. Please, everybody, have a seat. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow Americans, 51 years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for progress. " (APPLAUSE) "It is my task," he said, "to report the state of the union. To improve it is the task of us all. " Tonight,...
January 3, 2010 |
Last year was not a happy one. Economic crisis. Job losses. Wars. Yet, while we can quantify things such as gross domestic product or home foreclosures, it's harder to measure their impact on our collective happiness. One way to gauge that effect is through what has become known as the economics of happiness -- a set of new techniques and data to measure well-being and contentment. Hundreds of thousands of people are surveyed and asked how happy or satisfied they are with their lives, with possible answers on a scale between very unhappy and very...
August 24, 2013 |
At a busy housing construction project in Howard County one recent morning, Alex Hernandez, 24, shouted instructions in Spanish as his crew members hoisted a heavy foundation beam into place. "This job is difficult and dangerous. You have to work hard and move fast and be careful," said the stocky crew chief, an immigrant from El Salvador. "I have never seen an American do this work. " At a Baltimore employment center, Keith Bellisaire, 40, proudly shared cellphone pictures of rooms he had painted on day jobs.
September 27, 2011 |
The modern American dream has always been a simple promise of opportunity: Hard work can earn a good life, a good job with decent pay and security, a secure retirement, and an affordable education for the kids. The promise always exceeded the performance — especially with regard to racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and women. But a broad middle class and a broadly shared prosperity at least provided the possibility of a way up. Today, every element of the dream is imperiled.
January 11, 2013 |
For years, the common wisdom for Americans who wanted to adopt a baby quickly and easily was to go abroad. Rather than wrestle with the red tape and long waits associated with adopting in the United States, they could fly to countries where the process took just weeks — or even days — and involved little more than showing up and paying some money. But sometimes, the quick trips took on sinister undertones, with some birth countries becoming a sort of Wild...
January 24, 2012
Here is the full transcript of President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address , as delivered: Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Please, be seated. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans, last month I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought,...