REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - U.S. President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up to Secretary of State John Kerry (R) as he departs after concluding his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington, January 20, 2015.

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State of the Union: Return to American Optimism

January 21, 2015, Katharine H.S. Moon

Katharine Moon writes that President Obama's State of the Union address was one of his best in terms of confidence in himself and his achievements, his country and its future. Moon points out that the most compelling part of the speech was the can-do attitude that characterizes the country’s past and the people’s ability to overcome the economic afflictions unleashed by the 2007-2008 economic crisis.

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