Obama makes an appeal to middle class

President Barack Obama called on Congress to “turn the page” on an era of war and recession, as he laid out an expansive agenda for strengthening the middle class and sought to claim credit for America’s resurgent economy in a confident State of the Union address.

Telling a packed chamber of the House of Representatives that “middle class economics works,” Mr Obama outlined a flurry of initiatives to boost wages, jobs and opportunities and asked Republicans to rise above party politics to back measures that would give workers “a fair shot.”

“The shadow of the crisis has passed,” Mr Obama said.

“At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.”

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