President Obama will pledge in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to work with Congress where possible in forging “an economy built to last.” But he will warn his opponents that he will “fight obstruction with action,” and promise to “oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place,” according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House.
The speech, to be delivered at 9 p.m., is the president’s third such address and comes amid a tumultuous Republican battle to see who will challenge his bid for a second term. Against that backdrop, Obama will remind Americans of the economic mess he inherited and which he blames on past policies.
“No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profit,” he will state. “Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.”