While State of the Union Speeches can contain specific information and plans, they are often great places to spot American cultural values and ideals. Democrat or Republican, the themes are often similar. (Of course some topics are more contentious than others but these speeches tend to try to appeal to a broad demographic.) Here is the text of the full speech.
Some of the ideas contained in the speech:
-Americans who work hard should be able to get ahead
-There is an American Dream of a middle-class lifestyle
(Here is a summary of these first two: “They understood they were part of something larger; that they were contributing to a story of success that every American had a chance to share – the basic American promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.”)
-American will win out in the end
-American workers are the best in the world
-More and better education will help our country move forward
-Our troops are heroes and embody the best of America
-May God bless the United States of America
Any other big common ideas you can spot?