H. Doc. 114-84: Presidential Address before a Joint Session of Congress, Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting the President's Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union, January 13, 2016   [open pdf - 245KB]

This is the January 13, 2016 message from the President of the United States on the "Presidential Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union." From the Document, "We live in a time of extraordinary change--change that's reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world. It's change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away. It's change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate. America has been through big changes before--wars and depression, the influx of immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, and movements to expand civil rights. Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the ''dogmas of the quiet past.'' Instead we thought anew, and acted anew. We made change work for us, always extending America's promise outward, to the next frontier, to more and more people. And because we did--because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril--we emerged stronger and better than before. What was true then can be true now."

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