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10 Moments I Loved During the 2013 State of the Union

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (yesterday) and the State of the Union address (Tuesday) I have compiled ten of my favorite moments from this year’s speech.

What did you think?

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  • The Entrance 1 of 10
    The Entrance
    Photo: AP The president's grand entrance is so full of pomp and circumstance. It's one of my favorite moments each year. Below is a clip of President Obama greeting Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) who just returned to Washington after suffering a stroke.

  • Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents 2 of 10
    Hadiya Pendleton's Parents
    Photo: Getty

    I'm guessing that if Hadiya's parents had it their way, they would rather not be guests of the First Lady. But unfortunately, they were there after their 15 year old daughter was murdered in Chicago, IL just a month after performing at the inauguration. More on the role that gun violence played in this year's SOTU later. As an aside; the First Lady and members of Congress invite guests who put a human face to policies being proposed. Many viewers think it's too political. I think it's a nice touch and it's good to see real people who have been or will be affected. Thoughts?
  • Education 3 of 10
    Education
    Photo: Leader Pelosi

    I'm an education lobbyist by day so any mention of education from the president grabs my attention. Below is a clip of President Obama expressing the need for affordable, quality education.
  • Increasing the Minimum Wage 4 of 10
    Increasing the Minimum Wage
    Photo: Flickr user Mr. Monochrom

    " We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day's work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That's wrong. That's why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour." - President Obama's remarks
  • Paycheck Fairness 5 of 10
    Paycheck Fairness
    Photo: Wikimedia

    "But we can't stop there. We know our economy is stronger when our wives, our mothers, our daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. And I now urge the House to do the same. (Applause.) Good job, Joe. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the <a href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paycheck_Fairness_Act"Paycheck Fairness Act this year." - President Obama
  • Desiline Victor 6 of 10
    Desiline Victor
    Photo: Paul Grant

    "We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. And hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her -- because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read, "I voted." - President Obama
  • Gun Violence 7 of 10
    Gun Violence
    Photo: ABC News

    The president's emphasis on the tragedy of gun violence has sparked a heated debate in this country. In the clip below he puts that human face to the horrific amount of violence happening in this country. It was a moving moment for many and I'm sure that staunch conservatives gave a few eyerolls.
  • Joe Biden 8 of 10
    Joe Biden
    Photo: AP He's just so...Joe Biden. I'm a fan of our VPOTUS and his candor. He's totally America's crazy uncle.
  • Calling out Congress for their Manufactured Crisis 9 of 10
    Calling out Congress for their Manufactured Crisis
    "I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform will not be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let's set party interests aside and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let's do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. We can't do it" - President Obama
  • Twitter 10 of 10
    Twitter
    I love watching big, live events with Twitter. I continue to be mesmerized by the social part of social media.

 

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