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President Bush called for a historic restructuring of Social Security and advocated for "ending tyranny in our world."

Inauguration 2005

Text: State of the Union Transcript
Video: Full Speech | Social Security
Democratic Response: Text | Video

World Reaction

Post correspondents around the globe offer audio reports on local reaction to President Bush's speech:
In Rome: Keith B. Richburg
In Tokyo: Anthony Faiola
In Riyadh: Scott Wilson

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Transcript: The Post's Peter Baker
Transcript: The Post's Robert Kaiser
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Multimedia Gallery

Richard M. Nixon Century of Speeches:
Journey through the most notable annual addresses of the past 100 years, with facts, photos and audio.

Past Speeches

See coverage and read the full transcripts of recent State of the Union addresses:

Bush's 2004 State of the Union
Bush's 2003 State of the Union
Bush's 2002 State of the Union
Bush's 2001 Address to Congress
Clinton's 1993-2000 Addresses

Bush Approval Ratings
 Graphic: The president's approval/disapproval rating since the start of his presidency.
Behind Bush's Bid to Save the Innocent
As governor of Texas, George W. Bush presided over 152 executions, more than any governor in any state in modern U.S. history. He commuted just one capital sentence and harbored no doubts in the system. "I'm confident we have not put to death anyone who has been innocent," he once said.

The Plan
Part of Profits Would Be Forfeited
Under the White House Social Security plan, workers who opt to divert some of their payroll taxes into individual accounts would ultimately earn benefits more than those under the traditional system only if the return on their investments exceed the amount their money would have accrued under the traditional system.

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