In his final State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama said it's time to embrace change to make America 'stronger and better than before.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: In his final State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans to embrace change. "We live in a time of extraordinary change... America has been through big changes before - wars and depression, the influx of immigrants, workers fighting for a fair deal, and movements to expand civil rights. Each time, there have been those who told us to fear the future; who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control. And each time, we overcame those fears. We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the "dogmas of the quiet past." Instead we thought anew, and acted anew. We made change work for us, always extending America's promise outward, to the next frontier, to more and more people. And because we did - because we saw opportunity where others saw only peril - we emerged stronger and better than before," said Obama.