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The President has arrived; poise is of no worry to Obama, but here's what is: finishing strong. Obama has the opportunity to re-direct the national tone, attitude, and behavior with tonight's speech. History will smile upon him if he pushes efforts centered around long term solutions on issues like immigration, the environment, and civil rights.

Obama begins his speech extending the olive branch. He appeals to the late JFK: "[We] must be partners in progress."