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This Was The Phrase That Broke Through At The State Of The Union

"A year of action."

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Local newspapers' front pages were almost unanimous in their pick for the message from the president's 2014 State of the Union address: Obama's declaration that he wanted this to be a "year of action."

"In the coming months, let's see where else we can make progress together. Let's make this a year of action," the president said. "That's what most Americans want — for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all — the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead."

Newspapers also picked up on Obama's pledge to initiate policy goals without legislation by bypassing Congress through executive orders. "Flexing" (as in muscles) and "solo" (as in going solo) were also popular headline terms.


Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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