2010 State of the Union Address

WI Staff | 1/29/2010, 12:13 a.m.

In his first State of the Union Address titled: Rescue, Rebuild, Restore: A New foundation for Prosperity, President Barack Obama outlined a broad legislative agenda that targets small businesses, education and jobs for America€s struggling middle class families. Read the full text of the State of the Union Address. Photo by Victor Holt


President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union Address to the Nation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., Wed., Jan. 27. The speech was President Obama€s second speech before the joint session. One month after taking office in Jan. 2009, Obama delivered a non-state of the union address in which he addressed the state of the economy and the outlined the future of the country. Photo by Victor Holt
Four African Americans were invited to attend the State of the Union Address as guests of the President and First Lady Michelle Obama (first row) including Clayton Armstrong (first row, second right) a native of the District of Columbia who grew up in Southeast. Armstrong is a graduate of Ballou Senior High School where he was captain of the football team. He served as a White House Scholar and a freshman at the University of Arizona. Ambassador Raymond Joseph (second row) Haiti€s Ambassador to the U.S. and his country€s representative at the Organization of American States, was also invited to attend. Other African American guests included Janell Holloway of Washington, D.C., Anita Maltbia of Kansas City, Mo. and Mark Alan Todd or Killeen, Texas. Photo by Victor Holt
President Barack Obama waves to attendees as he concluded his first State of the Union Address. Vice President Joseph Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) sat behind the president along with Clerk of the House Lorraine C. Miller. The 70-minute speech drew enthusiastic applause repeatedly from Democrats; Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who delivered the Republican response, objected to many of the president€s proposals. Photo by Victor Holt
President Barack Obama leaves the floor of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol after delivering the 2010 State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress on Wed., Jan. 27. As he exits the chambers he is followed by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and he is greeted by other members of the Congressional Black Caucus including (from left) Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) and Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick (D-MI). Photo by Victor Holt