Returning to the site of his first major economic address as a senator in 2005, President Obama outlined his top economic policy priorities for the remainder of his second term.

The president used his talk at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., dubbed "a better bargain for the middle class," to reflect on how the U.S. economy had deteriorated in the years before he took office, that it has made a partial recovery under his watch and that he intends to promote economic growth in the years to come.