Obama's final State of Union address: Appealed to Americans to reject politics of fear

Washington: US President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he sought to paint a hopeful portrait of the nation after seven years in office, with a resurgent economy and better standing in the world despite ongoing challenges of inequality at home and terrorism abroad.

He said that US has always fought with fears that threatened the country.

"US should be the 'country that cures cancer'," he added.

Obama’s speech was more a broad statement of his vision rather than a policy prescription.

He argued that the country can confront the challenges of the future only if people embrace change and appealed to Americans to reject the politics of fear.

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