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What Obama said in Boise

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From the White House transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks in Boise on Wednesday.

So, last night, I gave my State of the Union address. (Applause.) Today, I'm going to be shorter. I won't be too short, just a little shorter. (Laughter.) And I focused last night on what we can do, together, to make sure middle-class economics helps more Americans get ahead in the new economy. And I said that I’d take these ideas across the country. And I wanted my first stop to be right here in Boise, Idaho. (Applause.)

Now, there are a couple reasons for this. The first is because, last year, Michelle and I got a very polite letter from a young girl named Bella Williams -- who is here today. Where’s Bella? There she is right there. Wave, Bella. (Applause.) Bella is 13 now, but she was 12 at the time. So she wrote me a letter and she said, “I know what you’re thinking -- Wow, what’s it like in Boise, Idaho?” (Laughter.) So she invited me to come visit. And she also invited me to learn how to ski or snowboard with her. (Applause.) Now, as somebody who was born in Hawaii, where there’s not a lot of snow -- let me put it this way -- you do not want to see me ski. (Laughter.) Or at least the Secret Service does not want to see me ski. (Laughter.)

But what I do know about Boise is that it’s beautiful. I know that because I’ve been here before. I campaigned here in 2008. (Applause.) It was really fun. And the truth is, because of the incredible work that was done here in Idaho, it helped us win the primary. And I might not be President if it weren't for the good people of Idaho. (Applause.) Of course, in the general election I got whupped. (Laughter.) I got whupped twice, in fact. But that’s okay - I’ve got no hard feelings. (Laughter.)

In fact, that’s exactly why I’ve come back. Because I ended my speech last night with something that I talked about in Boston just over a decade ago, and that is there is not a liberal America or a conservative America, but a United States of America. (Applause.)

And today, I know it can seem like our politics are more divided than ever. And in places like Idaho, the only “blue” turf is on your field. (Applause.) And the pundits in Washington hold up these divisions in our existing politics and they show, well, this is proof that any kind of hopeful politics, that's just naïve. But as I told you last night, I still believe what I said back then. I still believe that, as Americans, we have more in common than not. (Applause.)

I mean, we have an entire industry that's designed to sort us out. Our media is all segmented now so that instead of just watching three stations, we got 600. And everything is market-segmented, and you got the conservative station and the liberal stations. So everybody is only listening to what they already agree with. And then you’ve got political gerrymandering that sorts things out so that every district is either one thing or the other. And so there are a lot of institutional forces that make it seem like we have nothing in common.

But one of the great things about being President is you travel all across the country and I've seen too much of the good and generous and big-hearted optimism of people, young and old -- folks like Bella. I've seen how deep down there’s just a core decency and desire to make progress together among the American people. (Applause.) That's what I believe.

So I've got two years left and I am not going to stop trying -- trying to make our politics work better. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Obama visits Boise, delivers speech (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
Washington AG proposes 21 as smoking age (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Nampa mayor Henry delivers state of the state (Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho officials warn of avian flu spread (Nampa Press Tribune)
Xavier charter school buys building (TF Time News)

UO demands released documents back (Eugene Register Guard)
Local gas falls below $2 a gallon (Eugen Register Guard)
Man with measles tracked while contagious (Eugene Register Guard)
Renovations planned for Kalamth school (KF Herald & News)
KF council set increase in sewer rate (KF Herald & News)
Ashland chicken pox activity eases off (Medford Tribune)
Umatilla cultural center plans solar carport (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Progress expected on Pioneer Park proposal (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon unemployment down to August 2008 level (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)
Carcinogens found in some e-cigarettes (Portland Oregonian)

Help located for Kitsap crisis centers (Bremerton Sun)
Inslee says legislators to blame on road funding (Everett Herald)
Stanwood debates library location (Everett Herald)
Local gas falls below $2 a gallon (Longview News)
State AG proposes 21 as smoking age (Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Longview News)
Salary board votes to raise legislator pay (Vancouver Columbian, Olympian)
Forum explores how cuts at army base may hurt area (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Superbug sickens people at Seattle hospital (Seattle Times)
Seahawks try trademarking all sorts of things (Seattle Times)
Windows 10 emerging in release (Seattle Times)
Flu kills 6 so far in Spokane area (Spokane Spokesman)
Tolls on Tacoma Narrow Bridge will go up (Tacoma News Tribune)
Legislators consider pot DUI rules (Tacoma News Tribune)
New PAC takes aim at Vancouver port commission (Vancouver Columbian)