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Determined Obama vows to renew US



Mr Obama giving his speech

US President Barack Obama has addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time, warning that the nation faces a "day of reckoning".

Pages of Mr Obama's speech on the lectern

The president's speech lasted nearly an hour and came days before his first budget as US leader.

Mr Obama gestures during the speech to Congress

The speech brought the audience to its feet more than 30 times, but with its references to the $787bn economic stimulus bill the Republicans opposed, it was not universally well-received.

 Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) greets President Obama

It took more than five minutes for the president to reach the dais because of the crowd of well-wishers - and the crush was a similar size on the way out as members of the audience tried to get a handshake or a photo.

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Ty'Sheoma Bethea of Dillon, South Carolina

The speech made reference both to the healthcare and education reforms Mr Obama plans, and also the desire not to fritter away tax dollars.

Audience members flock around President Obama

The address looked and felt like the State of the Union speech, which normally comes at about this point in the political calendar.

Orlando Magic center Tony Battie, left, walks past a live broadcast of President Barack Obama

As America comes to terms with the depth of the economic recession, President Obama's speech struck an optimistic tone - America would bounce back.



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