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
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.)