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Good evening I'm Bret Baier President Obama is looking to put the past half -- -- scandals behind him with a major series of economic speeches that White House officials say will chart the way forward.
While the speech of the length of the State of the Union Address it didn't contain many specifics.
And while it wasn't supposed to be a campaign speech it did have a familiar tone and similar rhetoric from last fall.
-- White House correspondent Ed Henry has our lead story tonight.
Clocking in at one hour and four minutes this speech was three minutes longer than president Obama's state of the union that's not the start of his second term.
If we just stand by and do nothing.
In the face of immense change.
-- part of our character will be lost the speech so familiar that he could have delivered at eight years ago and in fact he pretty much did.
At the same Illinois location as a young senator in 2005.
This is not.
The option that I just mentioned doing -- there.
White House aides say the return visit to Knox College shows rebuilding the middle class has always been his central focus.
-- today's speech also sounded like a familiar laundry list of promises they could have been delivered on the 2012 campaign stop.
Good education for your kids.
Home -- your -- Secure retirement.
American focusing on health care.
Republicans said this was more about a lame duck president trying to stay relevant and the only new part of the speech with the president revealing.
He'll give more speeches Americans are asked him a question were the speeches are asking.
Where are the jobs in the latest Fox News poll the president has hit a new low among independents just -- -- 5% of independents approve of the job he's doing.
Down from 31% last month.
Lost over half of the public says they do not see signs the economy has turned the corner.
Big reasons why the president's job approval remains below 50%.
46% approve 47%.
The president is eager to try and -- -- the page on his summer stalled over the IRS and other controversies which he dismissed today.
But -- this endless parade of distractions.
And political posturing and phony scandals.
Washington's taken good -- -- the ball.
And I'm here to say that this needs to stop at one point.
The president said he was ready to work with anyone and others he slammed Republicans for blocking his agenda and vowed to go around them what he deemed fit I will not allow gridlock.
Or willful indifference to get in our way.
-- as a major economic address he repeated a familiar refrain.
We're not there yet we've got more work to do drawn scorn from his rivals it's a hollow shells and he's -- and okay indium.
Now the president also -- that he helped save the auto industry those companies are having strong sales right now but he did not mention that just in the last week.
Detroit filed for bankruptcy anyway.
Brett and I -- on the north lawn and thank you much more on the speech with the panel.
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