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Obama's 2nd term reform to focus on economy, gun murders and immigration

Published on Feb 13, 2013 11:43 AM
US President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb 12, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday staked his second term political capital on an ambitious bid to strengthen America at home by reigniting its economic engine, cutting gun murders and fixing immigration.

Focusing his State of the Union address squarely on domestic priorities, Obama referred only in passing to churning foreign policy crises, including North Korea's new nuclear test and Iran's unsolved nuclear brinkmanship.

He grasped for a note of optimism after years of frustration at a stop-start economic recovery, and praised Americans for steadfastness in rebounding from the financial earthquake rumbling when he took office four years ago.

"Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger," Obama said, in a speech punctuated by raucous cheers in the House of Representatives.

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