HOUSTON (CBS Houston) President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address of the year on Tuesday evening and talked about a stronger nation, immigration and efforts with the war in Afghanistan.

Obama also took the time to address a divided Congress and ask for assistance in his efforts to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class.

Tuesday’s SOTU marked his first since being re-elected President of the United States. He also stated that the nation is a much stronger nation: “We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong,” Obama stated Tuesday evening.

In addition to declaring that the nation was a stronger nation, he also announced new steps to reduce the U.S. military presence abroad, stating that the 34,000 American troops that are currently in Afghanistan will be withdrawing from the region within a year. President Obama also spoke of increased federal spending that will take place, to fix the nation’s roads and bridges,  as well as making the minimum wage $9.00 for working Americans.

Job creation, immigration and government spending were also topics in which President Obama spoke at length about.

Obama also called on Congress to pass legislation giving the government more power to defeat and overcome the threat of cyberattacks. He further announced that he has signed an executive order to fight electronic espionage.

Click here to watch the Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, courtesy of The New York Times.


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