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Full Script via RNC (as prepared for delivery) ... h/t Suitably Flip
7:58 PM CST: Ceremonial procedures for joint session of Congress underway.
7:59 PM CST: First Lady enters her private box, no word as to who will be accompanying her.
8:01 PM CST: Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court introduced.
8:02 PM CST: President's Cabinet introduced.
8:04 PM CST: Note -- Cindy Sheehan taken out of the gallery in the House chambers. Detained, not arrested, police sources say. She was trying to unroll a banner she had concealed in her lap. Guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), FNC sources say.
8:08 PM CST: Sergeant at Arms introduces the President of the United States to the Speaker of the House followed by standing ovation.
8:09 PM CST: Note -- Hume: "I can't remember photographers playing so prominent a role in the foreground in past years."
8:10 PM CST: President Bush takes his place at the podium and Speaker Hastert bangs the gavel. He then introduces the President followed by standing ovation.
8:12 PM CST: Bush begins by commemorating the death of Coretta Scott King. "We are grateful for the good life of Coretta Scott King." - followed by standing ovation. "Our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger ... Tonight the state of our Union is strong, and we will make it stronger ... the road of isolationism may seem open and inviting, but it ends in decline." - applause -
8:15 PM CST: War on Terror. "Democracies replace resentment with hope ..." - applause - " ... undemocratic nations like Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Iran will not be forgotten ... " - applause - "But they [terrorists] have miscalculated, we love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it." - standing ovation - "If we were to leave these vicious attackers alone, they would not leave us alone, they would simply move the battle to our shores. There is no honor in retreat ... we will never surrender to evil." - slight standing ovation, Rep. Rangel seated, Sen. Kerry stands - "We are proud to be their [Iraqis] allies in the cause of freedom." - applause - "Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning!" - standing ovation - "The road of victory is the road that will bring our troops home ... those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C." - applause - "Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not strategy." - Republican applause - "We must stand behind our army in this vital mission." - standing ovation - "Marine SSgt Dan Clay, killed in Fallujah wrote, 'I know what honor is; it has been an honor to protect and serve all of you. I faced death with the secure knowledge that you would not have to. Never falter; don't hesitate to support those of us who have the honor of protecting that which is worth protecting.'" - standing ovation to recognize SSgt Clay's family - "Let us never forget the sacrifices of America's military families." - standing ovation - Egyptian elections, Palestinian elections - standing ovation - "Democracies in the Middle East will not reflect our own, because they will reflect the traditions of their own citizens." - applause - "That [Iranian oppression] must come to an end." - applause - "We must not allow that regime to get nuclear weapons." - standing ovation - "America respects you and we respect your country. -to Iranians" - applause -
8:31 PM EST: Compassion abroad. "I urge members of Congress to serve the interests of America by showing the compassion of America."
8:33 PM CST: Law enforcement, national security. "These men and women [law enforcement] are dedicating their lives and protecting us all, and they deserve our thanks." - standing ovation - "I urge you to extend the PATRIOT Act." - Republican applause - "If there are people inside our country who are talking to Al Qaeda we want to know about it because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again!" - Republican standing ovation - "The only alternative to American leadership is a dramatically more dangerous world ... Together let us protect our country, support the men and women who defend us, and lead this world toward freedom." - standing ovation -
8:37 PM CST: Economy. "In the last two and a half jobs, America has created 4.6 million new jobs, more than Japan and the EU combined." - applause - "The American economy is preeminent, but we cannot afford to be complacent ... Protectionists want to escape competition, pretending we can keep our high standard of living by walling off our economy." - standing ovation for immigration comment - "Keeping America competitive starts with keeping our economy growing ... the tax relief you passed has left $880 billion in the hands of American workers, investors, small businesses, and families, and they have used it to produce more than four years of uninterrupted economic growth." - applause - "We need more than temporary tax relief. I urge the Congress to act responsibly and make the tax cuts permanent." - Republican standing ovation -
8:41 PM CST: Economy. "By passing these reforms, we will save the American taxpayer another $14 billion next year and stay on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009." - applause - "And we can tackle this problem [earmarks] together if you pass the line-item veto." - applause - "The retirement of the baby boom generation will put unprecedented strains on the federal government ... "Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security." - sarcastic Democrat standing ovation - "Yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away." - standing ovation - "We need to put aside partisan politics and get this problem solved." - standing ovation - "With open markets and a level playing field, no one can outproduce or outcompete the American worker." - standing ovation -
8:45 PM CST: Immigration. "Our nation needs orderly and secure borders." - applause - "And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for those who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border." - applause -
8:46 PM CST: Medical care. "Keeping America competitive requires affordable healthcare." - standing ovation - "We will strengthen health savings accounts making sure individuals and small business employees can buy insurance with the same advantages that people working for big businesses now get." - Republican standing ovation - "And because lawsuits are driving many good doctors out of practice, leaving women in nearly 1,500 counties without an OB/GYN, I ask the Congress to pass medical liability reform this year." - standing ovation -
8:48 PM CST: Energy. "America is addicted to oil ... the best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly $10 billion to develop cleaner, cheaper and more reliable alternative energy sources. So tonight I announce the advance energy initiative, a 22% increase in clean energy research at the Dept. of Energy to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas." - zero-emission coal and nuclear energy, standing ovation - "Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical within six years." - standing ovation - "By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past." - standing ovation -
8:50 PM CST: Education. "Tonight I announce an American Competitiveness Initiative to encourage innovation throughout the economy and give our nation's children a firm grounding in math and science." - standing ovation - "With more research in both the public and private sectors, we will improve our quality of life and ensure that America will lead the world in opportunity and innovation in decades to come." - standing ovation - "If we ensure that America's children succeed in life, they will ensure that America succeeds in the world." - standing ovation -
8:53 PM CST: Conclusion. "America's a great force for fredom and prosperity, yet our greatness is not measured in power or luxuries, but by who we are and how we treat one another ... the number of children born to teenage mothers has been falling for a dozen years now." - applause - "As we look at these challenges we must never give in to the belief that America is in decline, or that our culture is doomed to unravel. The American people know better than that. We have proven the pessimists wrong before, and we'll do it again." - applause - "The Supreme Court now has two superb new members on its bench: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito." - standing ovation - "I will continue to nominate men and women who understand that judges must be servants of the law and not legislate from the bench." - applause - "Today marks the official retirement of a very special American. For twenty-four years of faithful service to our nation, the United States is grateful to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor." - standing ovation - "Human life is a gift from our creator, and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale." - standing ovation, Democrats reluctant - "Each of us has made a pledge to be worthy of public responsibility, and that is a pledge we must never forget, never dismiss, and never betray." - standing ovation - "Through the Helping America's Youth Initiative, we are encouraging caring adults to get involved in life of a child, and this good work is being led by our First Lady, Laura Bush." - standing ovation - "The answer is not only temporary relief, but schools that teach every child, and job skills that bring upward mobility and more opportunities to own a home and start a business. As we recover from a disaster, let us also work for the day when all Americans are protected by justice, equal in hope and rich in opportunity." - standing ovation - "I ask Congress to reform and reauthorize the Ryan White Act and provide new funding to states so we end the waiting list for AIDS medicine in America." - standing ovation - "Sometimes it can seem that history is turning in a wide arc toward an unknown shore, yet the destination of history is determined by human action and every great movement comes to a point of choosing ... before history is written in books, it is written in courage ... and so we move forward, optimistic about our country, faithful to its cause, and confident of the victories to come. May God Bless America." - standing ovation -
*** 9:03 PM CST --- END, 51 minutes long ***
Note: 61 interruptions for applause, same as last year, but format is similar so it's not a surprise.