President Barack Obama outlined much of his agenda for the coming year during his fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Our Geoff Bennett reports.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In his fifth State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama challenged Congress to address a legislative agenda he says will continue to strengthen this country's economic recovery, and provide new opportunity to more Americans.
"As President, I’m committed to making Washington work better and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here. I believe most of you are, too."
The president outlined several initiatives to put the U.S. on a solid footing economically and technologically in the 21st century.
In addition to adding jobs, Obama says wages must rise along with productivity. He laid out a plan to raise minimum wage for U.S. contractor employees to $10.10 an hour.
The president said he's following up his landmark health care legislation, by creating
MyRA, a new savings bond to encourage workers to save for retirement to help families get ahead.
"After all, that’s the spirit that has always moved this nation forward. It’s the spirit of citizenship - the recognition that through hard work and responsibility, we can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family to make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well," said President Obama.
The longest and loudest cheer of the night was for Sgt. Cory Remsburg.
From the president's remarks:
I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program, the ceremony. He was a strong, impressive young man, had an easy manner. He was sharp as a tack. And we joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.
A few months later, on his 10th deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain.
For months, he lay in a coma. And the next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn't speak; he could barely move. Over the years, he's endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, hours of grueling rehab every day.
Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye. He still struggles on his left side. But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he's learned to speak again and stand again and walk again, and he's working toward the day when he can serve his country again.
"My recovery has not been easy," he says. "Nothing in life that's worth anything is easy."
Cory is here tonight. And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit.