2014 State of the Union Address

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President Barack Obama delivering the 2014 State of the Union Address

The 2014 State of the Union Address[1] was given by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives. It was addressed to the 113th United States Congress, and the Senate was present.[2] According to tradition, House Speaker John Boehner invited the president on December 13 to address a joint session of Congress.[3] White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed the president's attendance later that day.[4][5]

Topics addressed[edit]

Obama promised to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contractors and to work with states, local governments, and private groups as well as Congress, to raise the minimum wage nationally, arguing better pay is needed to support the economy as well as the right thing to do.[6]

Additional featured proposals included:[7]

  • further improvements in providing Americans health care;
  • enacting immigration reform;
  • a smarter national security approach including the War On Terror and the war in Afghanistan (the longest U.S. war);
  • moving the country off of a permanent war footing while laying out his case for "strong and principled diplomacy";
  • calling for Congress to give U.S. diplomats some room to maneuver, particularly when it comes to Iran; and
  • improvements to education to ready Americans for the jobs of tomorrow's economy.

Designated survivor[edit]

The designated survivor is the member of the president's cabinet who does not attend the address in case of a catastrophic event, in order to maintain continuity of government. The designated survivor for the address was Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.[8]


Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, delivered the Republican Party response to President Obama's statement.[9] The decision was made by House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.[10][11] Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the first Cuban-American person elected to Congress, gave a second response, delivering most of McMorris Rodgers' response in Spanish. In addition, Utah Senator Mike Lee gave an address in response to Obama's speech on behalf of the Tea Party Express. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul released his own address on YouTube and Facebook. He had previously given a response on behalf of the Tea Party Express in 2013. The four Republican responses were interpreted as a sign of the party's ideological divisions.[12][13]


  1. ^ Full text of 2014 address - CBS news
  2. ^ Video at official website, whitehouse.gov
  3. ^ Boehner, Speaker (December 13, 2013). "Speaker Boehner Extends President Obama Invitation to Deliver State of the Union Address". Speaker.gov. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "State of the Union set for Jan. 28". Politico. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Full text of Obama's State of the Union Address". USA Today. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed". NPR. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed". NPR. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Miller, Zeke J. (January 28, 2014). "This Man Will Be Your President If The Worst Happens: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is tonight's 'designated survivor'". Time. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ Wallbank, Derek (March 2, 2013). "Republicans Aiming at Gender Gap Pick Mom to Answer Obama". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Cowan, Richard (January 23, 2014). "Republican congresswoman to rebut Obama State of Union speech". Reuters. 
  11. ^ Michael, O'Brien (January 23, 2014). "GOP taps top-ranking woman to deliver SOTU response". NBC News. 
  12. ^ "Flurry of GOP responses to State of the Union address reflects party’s ideological rivalries". Washington Post. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for 'year of action' – live reactions". Guardian UK. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 

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