WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- For the first time in years, neither war nor healthcare were the focal point of Tuesday's State of the Union address as President Barack Obama chose to focus largely on jobs, immigration and partisan gridlock, while only briefly touching on the lightning-rod issue of the Affordable Care Act.
Obama threw several jabs at the perpetual bickering that has defined Congress in recent years, but he did applaud the members of the House and Senate for compromising to pass the recent federal budget.
The president spent the majority of his speech referencing the economy, job creation, keeping jobs in America and the minimum wage.
Obama did not linger too long on two of the issues that have dropped his approval rating to the lowest of his presidency - the NSA's surveillance programs and the Affordable Care Act.
President Obama also made mention of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, saying he intends to try "with or without Congress to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools."
The president's references to foreign policy mostly referred to winding down overseas troop deployment, returning to his promise of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and saying that America must "move off of a permanent war footing."
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