Obama's State of Union to Rebut Republican Pessimism, Aide Says

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White House chief of staff Denis McDonough (right) and Secretary of State John Kerry applaud President Barack Obama as he delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 28, 2014.

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In his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will offer an upbeat vision of the U.S. to contrast with Republican presidential candidates who “continue to run down America,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said.

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