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    Obama Looks Ahead on Optimistic Note

    Try to stay upbeat. OZY’s own Nick Fouriezos was at Obama’s last State of the Union, where the president touted his successes and outlined an ambitious plan for the future: fight ISIS, reform U.S. prisons and cure cancer. But he also acknowledged that he regretted how the “rancor” of partisanship has gotten worse under his leadership. His critics point to divisive decisions on issues ranging from immigration to foreign policy. Yet in a final Whitman-esque call for unity, Obama waxed poetic about how America should reject fear and remain optimistic about the future.

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