Obama to Visit Waukesha Thursday

President Barack Obama is coming to Waukesha to speak Thursday about the success of a local General Electric factory, following his State of the Union address.

In his address, Obama reflected on 2013 and outlined his ideas for the new year.

President Obama repeatedly returned to the idea of hard work in his address.

“what I believe unites the people of this nation … is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead,” said Obama.

Obama described his plans to reform retirement savings and encourage development of American energy resources. He also announced his increase of the federal contracting minimum wage to $10.10.

Obama pledged to work with Congress on new legislation affecting emergency unemployment benefits, immigration, and manufacturing.

He spoke at length on his foreign policy, promising to keep American soldiers out of direct conflict as much as possible. He also promised to work with Congress to reform drone surveillance programs and close Guantanamo Bay. He spoke of the administration’s success in negotiating the elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Syria and Iran.

Obama will tour the General Electric facilities in Waukesha Thursday. He will speak at the plant as part of his four-state tour that follows his State of the Union speech.

West Side Stories’ Mark Salamone and Deanna Ross will cover Obama’s visit, including live tweets that can be accessed on twitter with the hashtag #twobama, or here on wauwatosawest.com.

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