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2014 State of the Union

Updated 1:03 PM ET, Wed January 29, 2014
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President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, left, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen. Larry Downing/Pool/AP
The underlying theme of Obama's fifth State of the Union address was his call for the government to work on behalf of all Americans in 2014, and his pledge to do so even if Congress refused to join him in an election year. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner before the speech. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov
Members of the U.S. Supreme Court (from left): Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan prior to the president's speech. Larry Downing/Pool/Landov
From left, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York; and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, wait for Obama's speech. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arrives for the address. Obama called on Republicans to stop trying to undermine his 2010 health care reform law passed with no GOP support, saying, "The American people aren't interested in refighting old battles." Larry Downing/Pool/AP
Obama said during his speech, "What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I." Pat Benic/UPI/Landov
Republican senators and representatives listen to President Barack Obama's speech during the State of the Union. Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, center, and Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, cheer during Obama's speech. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
US Army Ranger Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, injured while serving in Afghanistan, acknowledges the crowd during a standing ovation for him as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech. Larry Downing/Poo/Landov
"Let's make this a year of action," Obama said. "That's what most Americans want -- for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations." Larry Downing/Pool/AP
President Obama calls on Congress to "join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise" in minimum wage. Jewel Samad/Getty Images