Obama's second reference is to the economy:
After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million
new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less
foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock
market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger
protections than ever before.
Nathaniel and Cleopatra Pendleton, parents of a 15-year-old teen who was shot dead in Chicago a week after participating in the events surrounding President Obama's inauguration. To her right is nurse Menchu Sanchez who saved children from Hurricane Sandy.
And Obama's variation of the infamous line from State of the Union addresses:
Together, we have cleared
away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of
our union is strong.