'We Do Big Things': State of the Union 2011

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Updated at 11:30 p.m. with the transcript provided by the White House press office "as delivered."

The White House has released the transcript of tonight's State of the Union Address. Take a look now, and check back later this evening for The Root's Cynthia Gordy's recap on Blogging the Beltway.

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS 

United States Capitol

Washington, D.C.  

9:12 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner.  (Applause.)  And as we mark this occasion, we’re also mindful of the empty chair in this chamber, and we pray for the health of our colleague -- and our friend -– Gabby Giffords.  (Applause.)

It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years.  The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs.  And that’s a good thing.  That’s what a robust democracy demands.  That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.

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